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Red Devils ease out Toffees

November 22, 2009

Manchester United responded well to keep up with Chelsea as they saw off Everton 3-0 at Old Trafford in last night’s late kick off, and this win now bring them 5 points behind leaders Chelsea, and back to the second place following Arsenal’s defeat at Sunderland, but with still a game in hand for the Gunners.

United kicked off really well as they pinned Everton to the back, although they could not create many chances, and the first shot on target came from Giggs on 15 minutes but it was tamely at Howard. The response came at the other end with a shot from Saha which was gathered rather easily by Van Der Sar. Valencia then blew a shot wide over the bar, while young Rafael was booked later for a ‘rugby-tackle’ on Saha. The long awaited goal finally came on 35 minutes, a cross from Evra was nodded in the path of Fletcher by Valencia, and the former volley brilliantly past Howard, with a slight deflection off the post. Owen then got the chance to get United clear, but he could only found Howard on his way to goal.

Second half saw United maintain the tempo, although Everton then had changed their formation by bringing on Yakubu, while Fellaini had a goal correctly ruled out for offside in the opening minutes. Owen yet again had a chance for United after rounding off Howard, but somehow could not readjust himself and sent his effort over the bar. Scholes was introduced for Rafael in the quest for the second killer goal, and it eventually came when Rooney fired a shot wide but collected by Giggs, and he in turn slotted it to Carrick on the edge of the box, and with a cool finish he eased off the pressure for the Red Devils (67th minute). The match was not over yet however for Everton, as they conceded another one on 75th minute, when Valencia’s shot was deflected off Baines after he was set through by Scholes.

Sir Alex even managed to give Obertan and Gibson some play time as he took off Rooney and Carrick, while Van Der Sar had to be vigilant to keep out young Rodwell, who is being strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in the near future.

Although United managed to take the vital 3 points and scored 3 goals, it has to be noted that all 3 goals were scored by midfielders, while the duo Owen-Rooney did not look effective throughout the game, with Rooney not really threatening the Everton backline (may be cos he’s started his career with them and is an Evertonian at heart?? or he lacks some fitness??), but his work-rate is phenomenal. However, by the looks of things,  Sir Alex will indeed have to go in for another striker to get the vital goals in crucial games and also to make it more competitive for the players themselves. Evra has impressed yet again even though he had played in midweek with France, and if we could get a winger on the left to match his enthusiasm, United would create magic.

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  1. bobbygee permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:36 pm

    Man U’s team speed is fast. The Red Devils are quicker now. With the fake Ronaldo they seemed a bit slower. I like the team speed. I wish Rooney would get the scoring touch.

    • November 24, 2009 9:51 pm

      i dont care if Roo scores or not…as long as someone does!

      Owens movement on the day was tremendous..we just didnt feed him enough, but weve not had a predatory striker up front since Ruud so it will take time to adjust to a centre forward working off the shoulder of the last defender…was excellent to see though. He has to go to the world cup if fit…

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