United 2 - 1 Everton
Rafael McNair Rojo Shaw(Blackett)
Valencia(Fellaini)Blind Mata Di Maria
|Man of the Match. A saved penalty and two world class stops.|
It's good to finally see United win a second game on the trot. The last time we won two consecutive Premier League games was in March when we beat Villa and then Newcastle.
We started the game positively but didn't have a lot of threatening shots at Howard's goal. Di Maria put us ahead on the 30 minute mark after some fine work by Mata. I thought we were in total control of the game during the first half but Shaw gave Everton a way back into the game by clumsily tackling Hibbert in our box. A penalty was awarded in the first half's injury time but De Gea did well to save Baines' effort. That was the first penalty Baines missed in the Premier League. That should have given us the impetus to go all out during the second half and swap Everton aside. That, however, did not happen. Baines made up for his penalty miss by delivering an inch perfect cross that was finished by Naismith. I must add that Naismith should have been marked by Shaw but our left-back let Everton's man unmarked.
Thankfully, it didn't take us long to get back in front. A mishit shot by Di Maria fell into Falcao's feet and the latter scored a true striker's goal. That goal will do the world of good to the Colombian. He needed that goal after a couple of misses earlier in the game. We didn't do much more after the goal and instead let Everton attack us at will. A couple of decent crosses by Everton were well defended by our impressive central defenders but it was two world class saves, both during stoppage time, by De Gea that won us the three points today. Absolutely brilliant. Our goalie was buzzing after the game and was loving the David De Gea chants by the Old Trafford faithful. Well deserved.
Overall I'm obviously delighted to have won the 3 points today. However, I'm a tad worried that we couldn't put to the sword an Everton side that has been quite poor this season. Nevertheless, three points are what we play for in football and we got just that. It was also very good to see three players from our youth system play a part in this game. McNair was very well organised, Blackett blocked a dead cert goal and Wilson got stuck in to stop Everton's attacks. Well played.
A welcome international break up next; maybe some of our players can recover from their injuries. West Brom in a fortnight. Come on United!