FT: Man Utd 2 Everton 1

Date published: Thursday 1st January 1970 12:00

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FT: The referee signals for full-time and Manchester United have made it back-to-back wins thanks to goals from Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao after Steven Naismith had equalised for Everton. De Gea kept out a Leighton Baines penalty in the dying stages of the first half and produced two world class late saves to help secure the three points. 2-1.
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Lukaku heads over the bar from a corner in what will surely be the final piece of action.
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CHANCE! Another stunning save from De Gea to tip Oviedo’s soaring volley over the bar after Barry’s strike was blocked inside the area! Unbelievable goalkeeping!
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Wilson clips Baines as the full-back darted forward and goes into the book. Baines to take the resulting free-kick, right on the edge of the area in a crossing position.
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CHANCE! A stunning one-handed save from De Gea pushes away Osman’s ferocious goal-bound strike from inside the area.
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Four minutes of stoppage time to be added on.
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Van Persie and Stones tangle inside the area before Howard angrily steps in to confront the Dutch striker and receives a yellow card.
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CHANCE! Naismith sees his header from in front of goal deflected behind for an Everton corner before Osman fires into the arms of De Gea, who makes a comfortable save.
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Everton continue to push forward. There’s a brief appeal for a handball inside the area but the referee waves play on.
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Oviedo’s cross flies right along the face of goal as De Gea watches it behind for a goalkick. Everton just starting to press but Browning is flagged for handball.
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Blackett gets down the left well but is unable to find anyone with his cross before Everton eventually manage to clear as they win a free-kick in a deep position.
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Di Maria looks to catch Howard out as he fires the free-kick towards the near post, but the Everton goalkeeper gets across his line to hold it.
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United make a change before the free-kick as Marouane Fellaini comes on in place of Antonio Valencia.
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United have a free-kick right on the corner of the box after Van Persie was hauled back by Jagielka.
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Everton make a double change – Leon Osman and Tyias Browning come ON – Aiden McGeady and Tony Hibbert go OFF.
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Leon Osman is about to come on for Everton. The pace of the game seems to have slowed somewhat since United went back in front.
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Goalscorer Radamel Falcao leaves the field to a standing ovation as James Wilson replaces him in attack.
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Rafael is bundled over by Bryan Oviedo as he tried to step in and prevent a corner being conceded. United free-kick right on their own byline.
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Tyler Blackett comes on to replace Luke Shaw, who heads straight down the tunnel. James Wilson is also being prepared.
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Shaw is being forced off now…
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The offside flag is up against Everton after a well-worked move saw them find a way into the area. Shaw is currently down injured for United after pulling up.
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Blackett is still receiving instructions on the United bench. His side have a corner, though, after Shaw’s cross was deflected behind by Hibbert.
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Everton make the first change as Bryan Oviedo replaces Steven Pienaar.
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A first United goal for Radamel Falcao then, just side-footing the ball past Howard after Di Maria had dragged a low strike from range into his path.
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GOAL! Radamel Falcao steers Di Maria’s strike beyond Howard! 2-!
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Everton look full of confidence as they come forward in search of a second but Besic’s pass is sloppy and the move breaks down down as Shaw steps in.
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Tyler Blackett is currently warming up for United and looks as though he could be introduced.
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CHANCE! Falcao hacks Jagielka’s header off the line from Baines’ corner!
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Wonderful delivery from Baines, who re-collected the ball from his initial free-kick, to find Naismith unmarked inside the six yard box to head beyond the helpless De Gea.
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GOAL! Steven Naismith meets Baines’ cross to head an equaliser for Everton! 1-1!
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Valencia then catches Lukaku late and goes into the referee’s book. Everton free-kick which Baines will deliver.
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United look to break but it comes to nothing as Pienaar is shoved in the back by Valencia.
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McGeady catches Rojo with a late tackle deep inside the United half and the hosts have a free-kick which will be played forward.
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CHANCE! Shaw gets beyond Hibbert as he takes it to the byline before finding Falcao inside the area. He never quite had it under his control but wins a corner off Jagielka with his strike.
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Van Persie is flagged for offside as he looked to play a cross towards the back post. United have made a very lively start to this half.
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Di Maria, who has been involved in pretty much everything good about United so far today, then fires a low cross towards the back post but Falcao is just unable to reach it as he slides in.
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United start on the front foot and Falcao’s header is deflected behind by Jagielka for a corner.
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Everton get the second half underway!
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HT: The referee signals for half-time and Manchester United lead 1-0 thanks to Angel di Maria’s 27th-minute strike. Leighton Baines saw his penalty saved by David de Gea right at the end of that first half. 1-0.
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SAVE! De Gea dives to his right to get a strong hand on Baines’ calm penalty as the half-time whistle is blown.
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PENALTY! Everton are awarded a penalty after Shaw hacked down Hibbert inside the area. No doubts about it. Baines to take.
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Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of this first half.
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United seeing plenty of the ball as we head towards half-time. Di Maria looks to switch play for Shaw but Hibbert steps in to head clear.
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The resulting corner finds Falcao unmarked inside the area but the striker is unable to get the connection needed on the volley and Everton can clear.
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Howard palms Di Maria’s corner behind for another United corner.
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Valencia heads towards the byline and wins a corner off the leg of Baines as he looked to smash a ball across goal.
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CHANCE! Best chance for Everton as Lukaku collects Baines’ ball on his chest before lashing a half-volley wide of De Gea’s goal from inside the area.
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Di Maria finds Van Persie at the back post but the striker is unable to adjust himself in time and his effort bounces harmlessly behind.
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Van Persie is challenged inside the area by Jagielka, a few penalty shouts come from the stands but United are given a corner. Di Maria to take.
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Baines whips the free-kick towards the back post but the United defence stand firm to clear their lines.
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Valencia is adjudged to have challenged unfairly in the air with Baines and Everton have a free-kick in a good position. Baines eyes it.
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The corner causes problems inside the United box and it almost falls kindly for Lukaku before Rafael manages to hook it clear. Better from Everton.
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Lukaku manages to get a cross in, though, and Blind is forced back to guide it behind for a corner with an outstretched leg.
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Everton are yet to have a sight of goal. They look to come forward but Pienaar is unable to bring it under control as the move breaks down.
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Blind now goes into the book for Manchester United for catching Naismith late.
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CHANCE! Di Maria lets fly with a free-kick from distance, it takes a slight deflection off the head of Naismith and Howard is forced into a fine one-handed save to push it behind for a corner.
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Lovely finish from Di Maria, curling beyond Howard and into the bottom corner from inside the area to give United a deserved lead.
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GOAL! Angel di Maria fires Manchester United into the lead! 1-0!
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Pienaar is the next player to see his name go into the book for dragging back Rafael inside the United half.
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CHANCE! Di Maria fires an effort high over the bar from distance. Everton goalkick.
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Jagielka stands firm to head clear Blind’s searching ball for Van Persie before Blind is brought down by Naismith.
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CHANCE! Great play down the left from United. Shaw picks out the run of Di Maria, whose clever backheel plays Falcao into the area, but the striker can only lash his effort wide.
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United break down the right and Naismith is forced to steer Rafael’s cross behind for a corner. Di Maria whips it towards the near post but Everton clear.
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Besic is the second player of the afternoon to be shown a yellow card for his challenge of Falcao.
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Di Maria’s pass is loose and Valencia is forced to foul Pienaar and concede a free-kick inside the United half before Besic then clips Falcao.
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Everton starting to see a little more of the ball in these last couple of minutes as they start to put United under a bit of pressure inside their own half.
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Baines whips a corner in from the left but Shaw manages to scramble clear. United look to break but Di Maria is outnumbered by the Everton defence and the move comes to nothing.
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Di Maria tries his luck from range but finds his route to goal blocked off before Blind skews an effort way over Howard’s bar.
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Shaw is clipped by Besic inside his own half and United have a free-kick which will be played short from deep.
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Van Persie is shown a yellow card for his foul on Barry. Everton free-kick right in the middle of the centre circle.
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Rojo and McNair are just happy to play the ball between themselves before Everton regain possession and Van Persie hacks down Barry.
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CHANCE! United break down the left, it’s a great low cross from Di Maria towards the near post where Van Persie is arriving to blaze a volley over the bar. Another good move.
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Everton play the free-kick short and look to catch United out with some quick play, but Naismith is unable to bring the ball under his control and the move breaks down.
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Everton have a free-kick in a decent position after Mata caught Pienaar late. Chance to get a ball into the area here.
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United are looking sharp as Rafael looks to whip a cross in from the right, only for Barry to clear up.
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CHANCE! Di Maria bursts forward before finding Blind inside as the hosts look to mount an early attack. Shaw is found out wide on the left and his cross finds the head of Falcao inside the area, but Howard makes a smart stop to clutch it.
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Baines is caught late by Valencia on the halfway line and Everton are awarded a free-kick with the chance to loft the ball into the box. They instead opt to play it short and look to build something from the back.
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Everton just getting a feel for the ball as they knock it about their defence.
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United get us underway at Old Trafford!
Right then, the teams are in the tunnel and kick-off is just a few minutes away at Old Trafford. Feel free to keep your Tweets coming in to @ryanparrish1919.
Opta stat: The Red Devils have already used 29 players in the Premier League this season; six more than any other team. They used 30 different players in the whole of 2013-14.
Opta stat: Roberto Martinez’s side have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League (7).
Opta stat: Manchester United have lost eight Premier League games at Old Trafford since the start of last season, as many as they had lost in the previous five campaigns from 2008-09 to 2012-13.
Opta stat: Everton have lost 299 Premier League games, which is more than any other team in the competition.
United are the favourites with our friends over at Sky Bet, who price Louis van Gaal’s side at 8/13. The draw is 16/5, while an away win for Everton – a repeat of last season – is 9/2. There are also a number of Price Boosts available, including Radamel Falcao to score and United to win at 13/8.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has gone for a 3-1 United win today due to Everton’s midweek commitments. He says: “I think they’ll lose this (Everton) because it’s an early kick-off and they were in Russia on Thursday night. They put a decent team out and it’s a lot of travelling, so I’ve got to go for Man United.”
While ameen (@ameen70819502) can see the spoils being shared at Old Trafford: “Big game today both teams have been poor in defence but going forward is good it’s going to be a tight one I’m going 1-1.”
Ben Welsh (@benwelsh97) is also backing a home win. He says: “I’m hoping for a United win! Gonna go for a 3-1 home win, rvp(2) Falcao to score for United!”
Umar Lakhi (@ULakhi2000) reckons United will edge it today, saying: “Still not confident with the shaky defence but I’m pretty sure we’ll get a few goals I’m going with 2-1 for the Reds GGMU!”
Creeper Lioni (@creeper_lioni) on Twitter says: “Hopefully United get what’s coming to, although I’m going for a 2-2 draw, with a RVP brace and McGeady and Lukaku.”
Thanks to those of you who have been in touch already. ERIC (@kingcantona7) on Twitter says: “3-1 united, Falcao 1, RVP 2, Mata MOTM.” While Ryan Jones (@Joneseyboy21) is backing a draw.
Any thoughts or score predictions you want to share ahead of this one? Feel free to Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 and I’ll post a selection of the best as we build up to kick-off.
Team news: So there are the teams and both sides have made two changes from last weekend. For the hosts, United, Louis van Gaal brings in Antonio Valencia and Juan Mata in place of Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney, while Roberto Martinez has called upon Steven Pienaar and Aiden McGeady to replace James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas. Robin van Persie captains United.
Everton subs: Joel, Gibson, Eto’o, Oviedo, Osman, Browning, Alcaraz.
Man Utd subs: Lindegaard, Thorpe, Blackett, Fletcher, Fellaini, Januzaj, Wilson.
Everton team: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Pienaar, Mcgeady, Naismith, Lukaku.
Man Utd team: De Gea, Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Valencia, Di Maria, Mata, Falcao, Van Persie.
Good morning and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. Team news will be here shortly…

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