Premier League

April 22, 2012


Manchester United

4 - 4


Premier League

11:30 +00:00, April 22, 2012

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Michael Jones

  • 97'

    Well, goodness me - one of the games of the season. Everton fully deserved their point, purely for scoring four goals at Old Trafford. Numerous chances for United to close it out but they couldn't. If Man City win their next two games, they will be top of the table. The Premier League title race is going down to the wire.

  • 96'

    FULL TIME What a game! The title race is well and truly on!

  • 95'

    What a save from Howard! A cross works it's way to Ferdinand who smashes a shot on goal but Howard tips over.

  • 94'

    Everton are only the third side to score four or more goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League era. And it'll be a result to lift Man City hearts. The gap would be six points.

  • 93'

    Good header from Jagielka as United load the box. Everton clinging on.

  • 92'

    Good cross from Nani and Evans on the stretch nods wide. How on earth have we got five minutes extra time?! Fergie time.

  • 91'

    Good clearing header from Jagielka. Five minutes added time from where I do not know. Moyes is disgusted.

  • 90'

    Thankfulkly, Everton clear the free kick. Mike Jones bowing to the pressure of the players and crowd by giving that last free kick.

  • 89'

    Fellaini wins the ball cleanly and Mike Jones gives a free kick. Another change, Valencia off, Hernandez on.

  • 88'

    Decent possession for Jelavic as he shuffles on goal and fires wide from 25 yards. De Gea was off his line too.

  • 87'

    Fellaini has been immense today as the Everton fans rejoice in their equaliser. There has to be a winner in this the way it has gone.

  • 86'

    David Moyes goes absolutely nuts on the touchline and well he might - Everton have been brilliant today. Phil Jones comes on for Scholes.

  • 85'

    Incredible! Pienaar pokes home from a superb ball from Fellaini. That is a superb goal.

  • 85'

    GOAL Pienaar!

  • 84'

    Cahill comes on for the injured Distin. Neville goes to left back.

  • 83'

    A long ball up to Fellaini in the box falls to Jelavic and he smashes a half-volley into the bottom corner.

  • 83'

    GOAL Jelavic makes it 4-3!

  • 82'

    Nani scores Manchester United's third goal against Everton

  • 81'

    Off the post! Valencia's cross is missed by Nani yards from goal then Evra heads against the back post as he dives in on the ball.

  • 79'

    Rooney finds Valencia wide but Jagielka clears the cross then Carrick skews a cross/shot wide.

  • 78'

    This result will put the pressure on Man City to keep up their flagging title hopes - we'll have live coverage of their trip to Wolves at 4pm GMT.

  • 77'

    Welbeck scores Manchester United's second goal

  • 76'

    Nice link between McFadden and Fellaini. Ferdinand blocks the former's shot.

  • 75'

    Scholes dalliles on the ball inside the area, leading to a shooting chance for Jelavic but from a tight angle he hits the side-netting.

  • 74'

    Decent stuff from Pienaar as he trundles into the box but can't find a blue shirt in the box.

  • 72'

    Very poor from McFadden as he hits an aimless ball into the area. Fergie shares a joke with the fourth official - he clearly thinks the game is over.

  • 71'

    Wayne Rooney scores Man United's equaliser

  • 70'

    Crikey, what a second half this has been! Some top drawer goals, excellent entertainment and now United with breathing space again.

  • 69'

    Another quality goal as Welbeck crosses for Rooney to finish off in style. Lovely combination between the two.

  • 69'

    GOAL Rooney again!

  • 69'

    Rooney with a shot now but it lacked power with his left foot.

  • 68'

    Everton have been boosted by that goal as Fellaini finds Pienaar on the edge of the box and his curling effort is saved by De Gea.

  • 67'

    That was Everton's first decent attack of the second half and what a goal it produced. It isn't over yet.

  • 66'

    That is a beaut! Hibbert crosses into the area and Fellaini volleys into the corner. De Gea got a touch but he couldn't keep it out.

  • 66'

    GOAL Fellaini - what a finish!

  • 64'

    Valencia fires over from outside the box.

  • 63'

    Osman trots off and is replaced by McFadden.

  • 62'

    Everton will point to that second goal as the turning point and you can see why they are angry. It appears like one rule for one side and another for them. However, the ref was right to let the play go on I think.

  • 61'

    United are rampant here as Rooney feeds Welbeck and his shot from an angle is blocked by Heitinga.

  • 60'

    And that should be that. A lovely triangle between Carrick and Welbeck sends Nani in on Howard and he dinks the ball delicately into the far corner.

  • 60'

    GOAL Nani with a lovely goal!

  • 59'

    Neville's frustration gets the better of him as he chops down Welbeck. He was angry because Mike Jones stopped play in the first half when Evans was down injured but not for Pienaar.

  • 58'

    Everton are furious because Pienaar was down injured during the whole passage of play. It wasn't a head injury though.

  • 57'

    That is a beauty from Welbeck. Everton fail to get the ball clear, and the striker brings it down, moves to his right before slotting it into the top corner.

  • 57'

    GOAL Welbeck with a stunner!

  • 55'

    Great turn from Valencia as he gets past Distin but his ball for Rooney is cut out by Heitinga.

  • 54'

    Then Evra gets into the area but Heitinga clears this time. Then Ferdinand clips Neville to stop a counter attack.

  • 53'

    Nani does well down the left and feeds Evra but Jagielka clears his cross.

  • 52'

    Utd still finding it hard to break down a dogged Everton defence as Scholes barges Howard out of the area when he picks up a loose ball. Smiles all round.

  • 51'

    A clash of heads between Evra and Osman right in front of the dugout.

  • 49'

    The combination of Fellaini and Jelavic is really proving a handful for Evans and Ferdinand.

  • 48'

    A bright start to the half from Everton, as they win a corner and get two more decent balls into the box.

  • 47'

    Evra gets a card for a nothing foul on Pienaar.

  • 46'

    We begin again...


    Everton's Nikica Jelavic scores the opening goal

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Well, far from the stroll many had predicted for Man Utd. Everton have been excellent in the first half, enterprising, disciplined, but they nearly went in behind as Welbeck nodded wide from the free kick.

  • 45'

    Distin is carded for a tiny shove on Valencia. Ridiculous card from Mike Jones. Free kick wide right.

  • 45'

    A nice moment on the touchline as Fergie shows his watch to the fourth official - David Moyes comes in to look as well and has a laugh. Fergie time.

  • 44'

    Great work from Osman until the finish - he jinked inside Evra but his shot was more like a gentle pass back to De Gea. He had options up with him too.

  • 43'

    A top quality cross from Nani for ther goal - much better than his shot on goal just now, weak and wide.

  • 42'

    Fergie races down from his seat to have a pop at the referee. Not sure why. Game on here though - Everton's goal seems to have shaken Utd into life.

  • 41'

    No real celebration but a fine finish from Rooney. Nani crosses and Rooney nods home from six yards out. Simple as that.

  • 41'

    GOAL Rooney!

  • 39'

    The replay shows that was a clear foul - Rafael was trying to shield the ball and Osman just barged into his right leg.

  • 38'

    Now Osman blocks off Rafael but nothing given by Mike Jones. Looked a little dodgy that one.

  • 37'

    Howard rushes out to clear the ball ahead of Nani.

  • 36'

    Evans is down injured after Jagielka's foot landed right on his ankle. No foul given, surprisingly.

  • 35'

    But Utd almost hit back immediately! Scholes fires in a shot from the edge of the box, it is deflected twice and Howard saves with his legs. Great work from the keeper.

  • 34'

    That is Everton's first goal in four visits to Old Trafford and no more than they deserve.

  • 33'

    What a good header that is! Hibbert's deep cross is nodded back across goal by Jelvaic, right into the far corner. Brilliant.

  • 33'

    GOAL Jelavic!

  • 32'

    Great ball from Carrick to Nani but his touch is a little heavy and Everton have a goal kick.

  • 30'

    Excellent first half an hour from Everton. Man Utd struggling to create anything of note (cue Utd goal).

  • 29'

    Gibson flashes a shot wide of the post - Man Utd didn't close him down quick enough. Obviously they have forgotten about his prowess from range.

  • 28'

    Really good block from Neville, he gets a nasty knock on his foot in the process.

  • 27'

    Good block from Evra as Osman took aim on the edge of the penalty area. The Toffees still looking threatening when they get forward.

  • 26'

    Now Everton win their first corner as Jelavic tries to get into the box but Ferdinand cuts it out.

  • 25'

    Now Rooney tries to get in over the top but he is penalised for a foul on Jagielka.

  • 24'

    Rooney's corner swings in viciously and Howard claims on his goalline. Welbeck claiming a shove from Jagielka.

  • 23'

    Nani wins a corner off Phil Neville.

  • 22'

    Good block from Hibbert as Welbeck got into the area.

  • 21'

    A very even game so far and Everton showing no hangover from last week's FA Cup semi defeat.

  • 20'

    Decent ball in from Neville and Distina sneaks in at the back post to win the header but he can't get it on target.

  • 18'

    A clear sight of goal for Rafael as Scholes finds him but Heitinga is across and eventually a free kick is given against Rafael for handball.

  • 17'

    More danger for Man Utd as Fellaini wins a header and Jelavic gets into the area. His cross is cut out by Evans.

  • 16'

    Scholes makes room for the shot but smashes it three yards wide.

  • 15'

    A strong tackle from Heitinga on Welbeck - he gets the ball but also a big chunk of the player. Looks like a painful one.

  • 14'

    Good ball into the box from Evra and Rooney gets up, but Jagielka puts him off sufficiently to ensure the header is wide.

  • 12'

    Nani fires in another effort - this one is on target but is right at Howard.

  • 11'

    A first effort for Nani, as he cuts onto his right and curls a shot five yards wide of Howard's far post.

  • 10'

    Whereas the stakes are far higher for Man Utd - that 20th title in their sights.

  • 9'

    Of course, Everton have little riding on the rest of their season - apart from the battle to finish higher than Liverpool.

  • 8'

    A very muted atmosphere in the stands, reflecting the stuttering start Man Utd have made.

  • 7'

    Jelavic tries to fire a ball into Fellaini. Everton getting numbers forward when they do break - promising.

  • 6'

    Early warning sings for Man Utd then - Everton more than capable on the break.

  • 5'

    Now Osman is in acres of space and fires a shot across the face of goal.

  • 4'

    First chance of the game for Jelavic as Everton break, but his finish is weak and De Gea can save easily.

  • 3'

    Everton essentially sitting with nine men behind the ball with Jelavic up on his own.

  • 2'

    A sedate start to the game, much like at the Emirates yesterday.

  • 1'



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