FT: Man Utd 2 Everton 0

That's it. Halsey blows the whistle to signal full-time and it's a deserved and comfortable 2-0 win for Manchester United, who go 12 points clear in the title race with 12 games to go. Giggs and RVP with the goals, job done. They go into their Champions League tie with Real Madrid in great heart. Thanks for joining us.

Heitinga launches one forward, but United clear.

Phil Neville is ordered to take his throw much further back than he wanted and the furious Toffees' skipper ends up chucking it to RVP.

The board is up. There will be three minutes of added time. That's three minutes of added time.

Baines whips in a free-kick from the Everton left, Naismith flicks it on and Rooney just gets there ahead of Heitinga to concede a corner.

Cleverley and Valencia have chances to whip crosses in, but unsurprisingly United decide to keep the ball. Job done.

United opt for a short corner as they run the clock down. Neville does well to nick it off Rooney, though, despite shouts for a handball.

Fellaini lets his frustration boil over as he concedes another foul, this time on Cleverley, and he's cautioned.

De Gea launches a long ball to Valencia but Everton soon win back possession. They've five minutes to do the improbable.

Fellaini fouls RVP on the edge of the centre circle. Frustration.

RVP at the near post clears the corner which is a poor one.

Jelavic steals it off Smalling and De Gea is forced into a save low to his left. Everton corner.

Smalling comes on for good Evans.

CHANCE! Van Persie. Giggs. Van Persie! Just wide.

Naismith (who came on for Mirallas 10 minutes ago) chases down a Jagielka long ball but it's a lost cause.

Rooney tracks back to deny Neville the chance to cross from the Everton right.

Giggs loses possession after trying an ill-advised back-heel. Osman turns Evra well but his chipped cross-shot is saved by De Gea.

Pienaar finds Fellaini in the box but Vidic soon snuffs out his considerable threat.

Everton's turn on the ball, but with little urgency evident United soon win it back.

United are passing the ball about at will as they look to kill the game off. It's hard to see Everton getting back in this at present.

RVP spots a diagonal Rooney run with impressive precision but it comes to nothing. Great ball though.

Howard collects the corner without fuss.

Giggs eventually injects some urgency into the attack and he wins a corner.

United knock the ball about as they play patience.

Baines' corner is met with by Jagielka's nut but Evans shepherds it harmlessly wide.

Baines is away down the left, he tries to pull the ball back for Osman but Carrick tracks back to poke it away for a corner.

CHANCE! Cleverley with a rasping drive from distance and that's going in just under the bar before Howard produces another fine save with his fingertips. Everton hanging on.

CHANCE! Evans forces a great double save from Howard from the corner, first with his chest then with his feet. Great 'keeping.

Carrick finds Rooney in space with a nice angled pass and United eventually win a corner after poor clearances from first Hetinga and then Jagielka.

Strong defending from Vidic as he intercepts a Pienaar pass.

Neville can't slide in Mirallas and Evra does well against his opponent to win the throw.

United looking dangerous but Rafael is adjudged to have had his foot too high against Osman.

Carrick does well with an early touch to turn out of trouble and find RVP.

Rooney is penalised for a foul on Phil Neville and he's furious with the decision.

Pienaar handles the ball and United are denied a quick free-kick as referee Halsey pulls play back.

Jelavic comes on for Anichebe as Everton make a change. Meanwhile, Carrick replaces Phil Jones for Man United.

Heitinga collects a long ball from De Gea under no pressure and Everton begin to build an attack.

Howard is forced to kick into the stands under pressure from Giggs.

A fairly pedestrian start to the second half with Manchester United happy with their position in the game. Everton need to up the ante.

Baines is fouled by Valencia and wins a free-kick deep inside his own half.

Everton keep the ball well deep inside United's half but Pienaar is easily brushed aside by Rafael and he's not getting a free-kick for that.

RVP runs through but can't stop the ball from going out for a goal-kick.

Man United work the ball to Valencia in a prominent position on the right but they soon work it back to Evans on halfway, preferring to keep possession.

Manchester United get the second period under way.

Thomas says: "Hi Ben, Everton are still in this one, Jelavic could finish off the chances we are creating, and with a bit of luck, and good performances from Fellani, Baines and Pienaar we may be able to pull off the impossible. Let's not forget what happened last season.... COYB!"

Henry in Salisbury says: "Hi Ben, I think Everton still have a chance in the second half and that Moyes must introduce Jelavic. Fellaini and Jelavic (2) to score for Everton in the 2nd half with RVP getting another for United. A big shout out to my mate Zak at the game. COYB!"

Everton have made more passes, had more possession and won more corners. Man United have had two shots on target and lead 2-0. For more stats like these, click on 'stats'.

Lauren Watson isn't giving up yet. She says: "C'mon Everton, the second half has got to be our half, we've got to pull through! Come on you blues!"

Jones hobbles away after a tough challenge. De Gea kicks it forward and Halsey blows the whistle to signal the end of the first period. Everton came back into it with plenty of pressure following Giggs' opener, but they couldn't make it pay and RVP hit them with a sucker-punch right at the end of the half. 2-0 at the break.

VAN PERSIE! RVP is onside this time from a Rafael through ball, he rounds Tim Howard and this time he finds the net, despite the sliding, desperate lunge of Heitinga. 2-0.

RVP again called offside from a Giggs through ball.

Rafael's cross almost finds the forehead of Wayne Rooney but Phil Neville stretches his neck to nod that one clear.

RVP is caught offside when looking threatening.

United try and respond to the Everton pressure. Rooney slides one across the middle of the box and just as RVP looks ready to pounce Heitinga gets a vital toe in to divert the ball away.

De Gea punches a long ball meekly away but Osman can't take advantage with his sliced volley.

Rooney is unhappy Everton have been given a free-kick in a dangerous area and referee Mark Halsey has a word. United again deal with the cross though.

Everton do well to keep the ball under strong pressure from United. They try to work the ball to Anichebe on the 18-yard line but Vidic gets a foot in.

Mirallas goes in the book for a foul on Cleverley. Nothing comes of the resulting United free-kick.

CHANCE! Everton break and Mirallas rolls a pass along the six-yard line for Anichebe but it's just behind the striker who can't muscle his way into position and Rafael pokes the ball clear. A better ball from Mirallas and it's 1-1.

Giggs curls a pass out to Evra but the left-back's prod forward is blocked.

Baines leaves it to Gibson whose cross is easily dealt with.

Pienaar is too quick for Giggs who fouls him in a dangerous area. Baines stands over it.

Robin van Persie is caught offside after a good lofted pass from Jones.

Baines' corner causes problems and Vidic blocks a powerful shot with his chest in the scramble. United hold firm, though. Good spell from Everton.

And inevitably, we have some productive final-third action from the Toffees, as Osman unleashes a decent effort from 20 yards that De Gea pushes around for a corner.

Everton are keeping the ball well but struggling when they get in the final third.

Pienaar is fouled by Jones inside the United half but it comes to nothing.

Vidic and Anichebe wrestle in the corner of the box and the Everton striker feels he is hard done by, but the defender just looked to use his strength.

Good chance for Everton as they pack bodies in the box. Neville's cross is lofted and deep, Fellaini wins the header and Osman gets a shot on target. Albeit a very weak one.

Robin van Persie's corner is too long for everyone and goes out for an Everton throw.

Man Utd break and RVP almost puts Valencia through but again Jagielka is the covering defender.

Mirallas wins another corner for Everton. Baines' delivery is decisively dealt with by Vidic.

Giggs slides one through intended for van Persie but RVP didn't spot the pass and was left flat-footed.

Jones tries one from distance with his left foot but that's a fair way off target and Howard's goal was in no danger there.

Rooney tries to set van Persie away again but Jagielka is there to intervene.

Jones concedes a throw on the halfway line to his disbelief.

Cleverley concedes possession after a mini-break looked on with RVP in pursuit. Everton are happy to keep the ball at present.

Jagielka pumps a long ball forward but Valencia is there to cut it out. Rafael mops up.

Rooney and Baines tangle on the touchline as Everton try to get back into this quickly.

GIGGS! Ryan Giggs opens the scoring with a neat finish in off the post after RVP played him in. No more than United deserve, 1-0.

Jones is fouled by Kevin Mirallas. RVP whips in the free-kick but Everton clear.

Everton let off there but Man United come again before another Giggs flick breaks down the move.

CHANCE! Rooney slides Robin van Persie through and he rounds Tim Howard before striking the post. It was on his right foot but you'd expect the Dutch master to score from there.

Ryan Giggs tries a flick near the Everton box to penetrate the Toffees' rearguard but it doesn't come off.

Evra fouls Pienaar just outside the centre circle as the game takes time to really get going.

Victor Anichebe stumbles in the box but there was no sign of any foul challenge there.

Baines' corner eventually breaks to Pienaar whose shot is blocked by Jonny Evans as is his next one. Man United eventually clear.

Darron Gibson wins a corner for Everton off Patrice Evra.

Valencia chests down to Rooney and United keep the move going. The home side eventually work it back to Rooney who skews a shot wide from 25 yards.

Free-kick in a dangerous position for Man United. Rooney curls one in and Tim Howard elects to punch, as he does a second time when another cross is swung in. Everton clear.

Phil Jones gets an early touch in midfield as Man United get an early feel for the ball. Rooney is bundled off the ball by Fellaini but United retain possession.

And they're off! Everton get the game under way in their familiar all-blue strip.

Betting news: Jonathan Witty from Sky Bet says: "With United's line-up much more familiar than their suspected 'weakened' XI touted by many in the build-up to this game, United have been heavily-backed to 7/10 to extend their lead at the top to 12 points with a win over Everton. David Moyes' men are 15/4 to win, the draw is 14/5 and another 4-4 stalemate is 150/1. Wayne Rooney is price boosted to 9/2 to score the opening goal against his former club."

A huge blow to stat fans and Everton fans as Sylvain Distin is 'unwell' and drops out of the squad for today's game. Johnny Heitinga comes in with Shane Duffy promoted to the bench.

Christopher Peddie says: "Man United will hopefully make the most of City's slip up yesterday. It won't be as easy as some may think, particularly with Real Madrid next on the radar. I wouldn't be surprised to see a draw but would be happy with a win. I can see a 3-2 on the cards !! Would have liked to see Anderson and Hernandez starting. Still...promises to be a good game. Looking forward to it !"

Dylan in New York says: "Everton need a win after Spurs and Arsenal picked up 3 points yesterday. Look for the Toffees to attack early and often, and win this game 2-1 behind goals from Pienaar and Baines. GO EVERTON!!!!!!!!"

Palmer says: "Hi Palmer here, United fan. I think this will be a strong team which will be playing again on Wednesday. Everton is a strong side and they can repeat what they did last season."

Nemanja Vidic is playing, Rio Ferdinand isn't in the squad. Our team line-ups have now been corrected...

Josh says: "Going to be such a hard game today, but I reckon Fergie is going to push for that 12-point gap, I reckon either 1-1 or 2-1 united RVP getting United's goals with Fellaini getting Everton's."

Hi Rafee. Carrick is on the bench, presumably rested for the crunch clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Rafee says: ""Can't wait to see RVP and Wayne destroy Everton...where's Carrick, has to be his best season for Man Utd."

Phil Bebbington says: "Rooney hates to play Everton. He won't score today. Anichebe to settle it. Everton 1-0."

Adam Willers says: "Hi Adam here, Man United fan. I feel this really is a must win today to take advantage of City losing to Southampton yesterday, considering our strong line up I am going for a 3-0 win today with van Persie scoring 2 and Rooney getting 1 against his former club. But we need to be careful with our strong line up so we don't lose any crucial players for the Real Madrid match on Wednesday, and our upcoming FA cup match."

Betting news: Manchester United are 7/10 with Sky Bet to land the three points today with the draw 14/5 and Everton 15/4. The Red Devils love to come from behind and Everton HT- Man Utd FT is 18/1 while RVP to score first and United to win either 2-1 or 3-1 has been boosted to 12/1. Personally, I'd be all over the Wayne Rooney to score first priceboost (9/2). He's scoring regularly at the moment and he's always been streaky. He is in a good streak at present.

Marc Jones says: "Ferguson fielding a strong team for United today, 3-1 the outcome, too strong for Everton, Rooney 2, RVP 1."

Thomas Williams says: "Fancy United to get one hand on the title today, a vintage performance of turning on the style when it matters and battering Everton to make a real statement!"

Stat attack: Sylvain Distan becomes the first overseas out-field player to make 400 appearances in the Premier League this afternoon. It's a great stat. If you're following this in the pub on your smartphone now is the time to impress your mates.

Pretty strong line-up from Fergie here considering United's lead in the title race and that huge Champions League encounter with Real Madrid this week. If you've any thoughts on the line-ups, the game itself or if you want to share your prediction, email me at ben.linfoot@bskyb.com and I will publish the creme de la creme.

Everton team v Man Utd: Howard, Jagielka, Baines, Neville, Distin, Gibson, Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini, Anichebe.

Man Utd team v Everton: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Cleverley, Giggs, Rooney, Van Persie.

Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Manchester United v Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson's team can go 12 points clear of Manchester City if they win today following Roberto Mancini's team's defeat at Southampton last night. Next up, the teams...

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