Premier League

August 20, 2012



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Manchester United

Premier League

19:00 +00:00, August 20, 2012

Goodison Park, England


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    For Manchester United: Kagawa and De Gea were excellent all game. Rooney and Nani, not so much.


    David Moyes will be delighted with that result. His tactics worked perfectly and Everton will take home a deserved three points.

  • 90'

    FULL-TINE: Everton 1-0 Manchester United - Marouane Fellaini's towering header gives Everton the victory in a tremendous defensive effort from the Toffees.

  • 90'

    United still come. It's relentless now...

  • 90'

    Gibson fires a shot at goal, blocked by Vidic.

  • 90'

    Valencia penalised near halfway and Everton buy some time.

  • 90'

    Heitinga replaces Fellaini

  • 90'

    United come again and Anderson fires a shot at goal which flies narrowly wide.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added-time...

  • 90'

    Naismith replaces Jelavic

  • 88'

    Ashley Young looks to dig out a cross, but merely succeeds in finding Howard, again. The final ball has been terrible, with Young and Nani most culpable.

  • 86'

    Jelavic is down and will receive treatment. This is not the start that Man Utd were looking for.

  • 85'

    Anderson in place of Cleverley

  • 84'

    It's all Man Utd now, but they are not creating any clear-cut chances. They need to find a way past this Everton wall.

  • 82'

    Once more Tony Hibbert makes a fine tackle on Evra and in return wins a goal-kick for his side once again.

  • 81'

    Evra and Young once more contrive to give the ball awau in a promising position. It's been a theme for United tonight.

  • 80'

    Evra looks to get on the end of an Ashley Young ball down the line, but Tony Hibbert slides in with a crunching tackle to win the ball.

  • 79'

    So close! Van Persie does brilliantly in the right channel to play the ball in-field for Kagawa, but Tim Howard charges off his line to smother.

  • 77'

    Nani is replaced by Young

  • 76'

    United's defence is in a mess once more and Vidic takes a big risk to take the ball off the toes of De Gea. This time he gets away with it.

  • 75'

    Nani looks to create a crossing chance on the left and does, but his ball is dire once more. He's having a terrible game.

  • 74'

    Header after header from Everton as United throw the ball into the area.

  • 73'

    Scholes' tight-rope is getting narrower. Anderson sent to warm-up.

  • 72'

    Once more, though, Everton clear emphatically from the corner. Impressive stuff.

  • 71'

    Evra wins United another corner. He is now operating as a left-wing as the Red Devils look for an equaliser.

  • 70'

    Vidic rises highest as Evra delivers from the left, but his effort flies wide of Howard's goal.

  • 69'

    Corner after corner for United now. They are really applying the pressure in the search for a goal.

  • 68'

    Van Persie replaces Welbeck

  • 67'

    OFF THE LINE! Kagawa steals the ball away from Howard and gives Cleverley an easy opportunity. The midfielder fires at goal, but Jagielka is covering and hacks clear.

  • 65'

    There are changes on the way it would appear. Van Persie could be set for his debut, with United needing a goal.

  • 64'

    Fellaini is terrifying the Manchester United defence. This time it is Vidic who he towers above to head at De Gea.

  • 63'

    Scholes is warned for a foul on Fellaini this time. He needs to be substituted for his own good.

  • 62'

    United are really throwing numbers forward now, but Everton are clearing every ball into the box.

  • 60'

    This time Nani does better, though, and wins a corner off Baines. His subsequent delivery of the set-piece is terrible.

  • 59'

    United have players flooding forward in the box and Nani is only supply a good cross. He can't. Howard claims.

  • 58'

    Man Utd can't say they weren't warned. Fellaini has been the best player in this game so far.

  • 57'

    GOAL Everton 1-0 Manchester United Fellaini with a header!!! Corner sent in by Baines and Fellaini is high above Carrick to head home.

  • 56'

    Rooney is once more given time and space 20 yards out thanks to the good work of Kagawa. His shot this time is very poor.

  • 55'

    Cleverley robs Baines and looks to slide Rooney in behind the Everton defence, but Distin once more intercepts.

  • 53'

    Jelavic and Vidic tangle once again. It's Jelavic penalised this time.

  • 52'

    Kagawa is everywhere when United attack and is putting some sublime touches together. Phenomenal so far.

  • 50'

    Jagielka does brilliantly again, this time intercepting Rooney's return ball for Kagawa.

  • 50'

    Jagielka does brilliantly again, this time intercepting Rooney's return ball for Kagawa.

  • 49'

    At the other end, Kagawa slides Welbeck through but Jagielka does brilliantly to recover and deny a scoring opportunity.

  • 48'

    Fellaini is not being dealt with. The Belgian rises highest and heads down for Osman whose half-volley rattles the crossbar.

  • 47'

    Gibson spins away from Cleverley in midfield and lines-up a shot from 30 yards which flies miles wide of the goal. Terrible.

  • 46'

    Wayne Rooney is given time and space to cross from the right, but that is awful. Rooney merely finds the fans behind the goal.

  • 46'

    SECOND-HALF underway, no changes for either side.


    Will Sir Alex Ferguson choose to make changes? They need to get hold of Fellaini, or there could be trouble.


    Will Sir Alex Ferguson choose to make changes? They need to get hold of Fellaini, or there could be trouble.


    Shinji Kagawa has been the leading light for Man Utd

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Everton 0-0 Man Utd - Chances at both ends. Great saves from De Gea have kept United level, but Rooney should have done better on two occasions.

  • 45'

    Lovely cross from Kagawa and he picks out Rooney perfectly. The England striker fluffs his header though.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added-time...

  • 45'

    Baines takes and it's heading for the corner. Excellent save once again from De Gea though.

  • 45'

    Vidic fouls Jelavic as they compete for a high-ball. Baines stands over the free-kick.

  • 44'

    STAT: Shinji Kagawa has completed 29/29 passes so far. 100%

  • 43'

    Almost for United. Scholes to Kagawa who backheels for Rooney, but Distin covers across well once again.

  • 42'

    United attack and look ominous as Nani runs at Pienaar in the area, but the South African comes out on top. Well defended.

  • 40'

    De Gea saves again! Fellaini wins another header and Osman fires at goal. De Gea bats the ball away powerfully.

  • 39'

    Sublime through-ball from Kagawa to release Welbeck. His shot is just wide, but was he tugged as he shot? A sheepish looking Jagielka jogs off. Replays show some contact, but not enough.

  • 38'

    Big chance for Rooney. The ball reaches Evra on the left and he crosses for Rooney. The England mans shot is straight at Howard.

  • 37'

    United camped in the Everton half now, working the ball around the box.

  • 36'

    Penalty appeals now. Baines looks to get into the area and Scholes bursts across to take the boucing ball. Baines tumbles, but nothing given.

  • 35'

    Baines and Pienaar combine well on the left of the area, but Carrick knicks the ball away at the last minute.

  • 34'

    Nani is walking a tight-rope now as he fouls Fellaini. The referee has a word.

  • 32'

    Brilliant keeping at the other end now. Pienaar looks to curl a shot home from the edge of the area, but De Gea only sees it late. The Spaniard gets down low to save.

  • 31'

    Pienaar lashes a half-volley well wide from 30 yards after Fellaini's knockdown.

  • 30'

    Half an hour gone at Goodison Park and it's honours even thus far.

  • 29'

    An almighty scramble in the Everton area as Welbeck bundles his way through. Gibson fails to clear, but the offside flag is raised.

  • 28'

    Great save! Rooney looks to reverse the ball low to the near-post and Howard does well to save low to his right.

  • 27'

    United now look to counter with Kagawa starting the attack. They reach the edge of the area but Scholes is clipped by Pienaar. Free-kick.

  • 26'

    Everton are applying some pressure now. United coping well, but this is good stuff from the Toffees.

  • 25'

    From the resulting corner De Gea rises to punch away. Pienaar heads back towards goal and De Gea tips over the bar well.

  • 24'

    Lovely move from Osman and Pienaar, with the former picking out Jelavic. De Gea gets out to smother.

  • 24'

    Tim Howard is not happy. Nani lines up a shot from 25 yards which is not too far wide. The keeper feels he was given to much time to shoot.

  • 23'

    Kagawa looks to lay off the ball to Rooney. His first touch is good, but Gibson slides in well to take the ball.

  • 22'

    A brief Everton attack comes to an end and United have possession once more.

  • 20'

    Two strikes at goal from Welbeck as Evra's cross falls at his feet. Hibbert blocks both.

  • 19'

    Nice passing football from Man Utd now, keeping the ball well in midfield.

  • 17'

    De Gea stays down to receive treatment. Fellaini's forearm caught him across the face there.

  • 16'

    Vidic gives away a free-kick for a poor challenge on Fellaini to the right of the box. De Gea rises well to punch above Fellaini.

  • 15'

    Danger signs there for Manchester United, then, as the makeshift duo in defemce were badly exposed.

  • 14'

    Fellaini does brilliantly to spin Valencia and burst past Carrick and from a narrow angle he rattles the post. Would be a tough ask to score from there though.

  • 13'

    Scholes with a late and reckless tackle on Darron Gibson.

  • 12'

    Cleverley and Rooney look to play a one-two at the edge of the box, but the former's run is blocked. The mighty Distin cleans-up once more.

  • 11'

    Valencia looks to overlap past Nani on the right flank and feels he should have a corner after a challenge from Baines. Goal-kick.

  • 10'

    A good pace to the game so far. Both teams looking to movethe ball around and attack quickly.

  • 9'

    At the other end, Kagawa plays a beautiful first-time ball to Rooney, but Distin's pace allows him to recover. Rooney cannot pick-out the Japanese midfielder with his return pass.

  • 8'

    Baines once more looks for that same ball over the top to Jelavic, Carrick clears once again.

  • 7'

    United playing the ball in and around the Everton area. Kagawa central to the move, but no chance created as of yet.

  • 5'

    Corner to Everton on their right. Baines delivers towards the six-yard box, but the ball is bundled behind for a goal-kick.

  • 4'

    Baines looks for a long ball over the top towards Jelavic, who is marked by Carrick. The Englishman shepherds the ball back to de Gea.

  • 3'

    Nani booked for a late tackle on Baines, but that is very harsh.

  • 2'

    Nani looks to get down the right, having left Baines for dead. Distin rescues his colleague though.

  • 1'

    Baines looks to launch a free-kick into the box from deep on the left. Leon Osman makes contact, but the header is never threatening the goal.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF at Goodison Park...


    The teams are now on their way onto the pitch. Wayne Rooney returns to Goodison Park once more.


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    Everton subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman, Anichebe. Man Utd subs: Rafael, Anderson, Berbatov, Lindegaard, Young, Van Persie, Wootton.


    Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, GIbson, Neville, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic


    Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Evra, Carrick, Vidic, Scholes, Kagawa, Cleverley, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.


    For Everton, Phil Neville and Darron Gibson are partnered in midfield, while Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini will lead the attack.


    However, Robin van Persie will NOT start this evening. Kagawa does make his Manchester United debut, though. Rooney partners Welbeck up-front.


    It's Everton v Manchester United at Goodison Park this evening and all the attention is on the latest player to pull on the famous red shirt - Robin van Persie.