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  1. Ronaldo sends United five clear

    Ronaldo sends United five clear

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Manchester United went five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Everton. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Everton
    • 90+3' There's the final whistle! United have gone five clear with another professional performance.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time will be added.
    • 87' Park nips inside his marker Hibbert on the left byline and strikes low from a tight angle.. Howard saves!
    • 86' Excellent block by Carrick to charge down a long-range Arteta strike.
    • 85' Giggs's inswinging delivery is punched away by Van der Sar, and Carrick blazes the follw-up in the general direction of the corner flag.
    • 84' Ronaldo is tugged by Baines and appeals, Panesar-like, for a free-kick, which the referee duly awards him.
    • 83' Lescott wants a penalty for a challenge by Ferdinand.. no dice, says referee Halsey.
    • 80' Giggs delivers a corner from the United left that Ronaldo meets and heads well over.
    • 79' Tevez tries a long-range shot.. straight at Howard. He had Ronaldo with him and the winger, predictably, is not that happy.
    • 77' United look extremely comfortable - but it only takes on Arteta-to-Cahill link-up to change everything.
    • 75' United - Ryan Giggs comes on for Darren Fletcher with 15 minutes to go.
    • 75' There is confusion between Hibbert and Howard as the defender looks like he is about to pass it back before thinking better of it and dribbling past his own keeper.
    • 73' Edwin van der Sar has set new football league record for minutes without conceding a goal - 1,104 minutes.
    • 71' It is Tevez who takes it and the ball loops up off the wall, forcing Howard to tip it over for a corner!
    • 70' Pienaar concedes what looks like a dangerous free-kick for United, right of centre just outside the box. Guess who is lining it up?
    • 68' There is that change - Victor Anichebe for Marouane Fellaini.
    • 66' The game has just gone off the boil a little. United won't particularly mind that - although Everton are always dangerous when just a goal down.
    • 64' Tevez lays the ball back to Brown, whose cross is deflected for a United corner. And Victor Anichebe is getting ready to come on.
    • 62' Everton build down the left but the move comes to an abrupt halt as Steven Pienaar strays offside.
    • 60' Free-kick Everton, at least 30 yards from goal.. Arteta drives it low but Van der Sar makes a low save to his right!
    • 58' Hibbert crosses low into the United area and Vidic clears... Edwin van der Sar is closing on the English league record for minutes without conceding.
    • 56' It is Brown for Neville, who goes straight down the tunnel. Brown inadventently elbowed the fourth official as he took his t-shirt off - maybe Fergie will award him a bonus for that.
    • 55' Jagielka backs off Tevez, who runs to the edge of the box and sidefoots at goal.. saved by Howard!
    • 55' Wes Brown is preparing to come on, and you would imagine it will be for Gary Neville, who has struggled tonight.
    • 52' TEVEZ!! Great chance for the Argentine as he collects a low cross from the right and smashes the ball goalwards... but it flies well over!
    • 51' Cahill drives a left-foot shot goalwards from 25 yards.. plenty of power but no direction.
    • 48' Carrick wants another penalty!! He is tripped by Lescott but referee Halsey says play on! That looked as much of a penalty as the first one...
    • 47' Arteta steps up and strikes it... miles wide! Poor effort from somebody who is normally so good!
    • 46' Second half under way, and immiedately Everton have a free-kick in a good position after Vidic fouls Pienaar.
    • 45+3' Half-time at Old Trafford, and Manchester United are in front courtesy of that Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.
    • 45+2' CARRICK!! He fires from the edge of the box, and Howard spills the initial shot before leaping on the rebound.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 44' GOAL!!! Ronaldo steps up and knocks the ball down the middle as Howard dives out of the way. Everton can count themselves unlucky to be behind.
    • 43' PENALTY!! Carrick is half-tripped by Arteta then Hibbert tackles, and that looks like a soft award. Everton are not happy!
    • 42' Park knocks the ball past Baines and goes over acrobatically to win a free-kick on the right, a few yards outside the area.
    • 40' The game has been very stodgy over the last five or 10 minutes. Everton are very good at stopping their opponents playing, which might sound like a backhanded compliment, but it is crucially important if you are going to mix it with the top teams.
    • 37' Another contentious offside, this time against Dimitar Berbatov, who looks personally insulted by the linesman's flag.
    • 35' Tevez runs down the left and finds O'Shea, whose cross from the left byline is straight at Tim Howard.
    • 33' Ronaldo flips a sublime through ball for MICHAEL CARRICK!!! Volleys just wide left-footed!! Wonderful piece of play!
    • 32' Superb tackle by Jagielka to dispossess Tevez at the edge of the Everton box and he starts a move in the opposite direction. Neville stops the counter-attack, albeit with a foul challenge.
    • 31' Everton win the ball deep inside United territory but are forced to play it all the way out, then they put it out for a throw.
    • 29' Park hassles Hibbert and gets his reward as the ball goes out for a corner.
    • 27' RONALDO AGAIN!! Fires another dipping shot from under his feet and Howard has to tip over for a corner!
    • 26' Ronaldo toe-pokes from the edge of the box... OFF THE INSIDE OF THE POST!! Tevez gathers the rebound but he is offside. In answer to the question before, Vidic must think Ronaldo is pretty damn useful. If a massive fairy.
    • 25' Ronaldo is down. He is holding his left thigh, but in all honesty is doesn't look serious. What must Vidic think when he sees Ronaldo preening about like that?
    • 23' Tevez is bundled over again, but no free-kick again. Fellaini leaves an accidental foot in on Gary Neville but avoids a yellow card.
    • 21' Everton win a free-kick well forward on the right... Arteta crosses and Osman flicks on.. Van der Sar catches.
    • 19' Ronaldo appears to check his run perfectly but the offside flag is up - and needless to say Fergie is furious.
    • 17' Tevez finds Fletcher down the right with a clever through ball and the Scot chips a cross in.. held by Howard.
    • 16' O'Shea heads behind for an Everton corner... Arteta delivers and Van der Sar makes a superb take.
    • 15' Vidic has gone down holding his face after a clash with Fellaini's afro, which must be made of stern stuff. But it will take more than a brillo-pad attack to stop Vidic, and he continues.
    • 12' GREAT SAVE HOWARD!! Ronaldo's cross is headed down to Park, who finds Tevez and the Argentinian's close range shot is deflected over! Great work by the former United man.
    • 10' Tevez goes down after finding his path to goal blocked off, but referee Halsey waves play on. Tim Cahill has lost his right boot, incidentally.
    • 9' Pienaar and Cahill work the ball to Fellaini, but the big Belgian has strayed offside and he is not difficult to spot.
    • 7' Park crosses left-footed from the right, the ball eludes everyone and Tim Howard is forced to palm the ball away at full stretch!
    • 6' Cahill runs through the right channel and shoots a foot wide of the far post, but he has already been flagged offside.
    • 5' Baines crosses to the near post where Vidic meets it with a header, he was fouled by Fellaini anyway.
    • 4' United free-kick in Ronaldo country. He sets the ball and steps back like Jonny Wilkinson... smacks it into the wall.
    • 4' A slightly low-key start here. For Everton, this fixture comes in a sequence of matches that reads: Liverpool, Liverpool, Arsenal, United, Liverpool.
    • 2' First touch for Ronaldo out on the left. He finds Tevez and the Argentinian attempts a return pass, which is cut out.
    • 1' Game on! Everton kick off, playing from right to left in their royal blue - Manchester United in red, white, and black. The pitch at Old Trafford looks a little worn but it is a decent playing surface.
    • - It is a proud day for Mr and Mrs Neville - the two teams are led out by brothers Gary and Phil.
    • - The big news for Everton is that Tim Cahill is fit and he starts. The visitors are unchanged from the side that drew with Arsenal on Wednesday. United bring in Darren Fletcher for Ryan Giggs in midfield, but otherwise are the same side that thrashed West Brom 5-0.
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage Manchester United versus Everton! We will have full minute-by-minute commentary and statistics from 17:30 UK time.
  • Team Stats

    Manchester United Stats Everton
    56% Possession 43%
    20 Shots 8
    8 Shots on target 3
    0 Saves 3
    6 Corners 2
    16 Fouls 14
    3 Offsides 6
    0 Yellow cards 0
    0 Red cards 0
    17 Tackles 16
    394 Accurate passes 285
    74 Bad passes 66
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Manchester United
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Edwin Van der Sar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3 0
      5 Rio Ferdinand 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 40 2 0
      22 John O'Shea 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 38 16 3
      2 Gary Neville 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 23 0 0
      15 Nemanja Vidic 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 38 4 1
      16 Michael Carrick 0 5 1 0 3 0 0 52 7 4
      24 Darren Fletcher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 8 3
      7 Cristiano Ronaldo 1 5 2 1 5 1 0 30 8 1
      13 Ji-sung Park 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 28 1 1
      32 Carlos Tevez 0 8 3 0 0 1 0 32 13 1
      9 Dimitar Berbatov 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 33 8 0
      19 Danny Welbeck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      42 Richard Eckersley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 Ryan Giggs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4 1
      29 Tomasz Kuszczak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      6 Wes Brown 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 16 0 2
      28 Darron Gibson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      20 Fabio Pereira da Silva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Everton
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      24 Tim Howard 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 1 0
      6 Phil Jagielka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2 2
      3 Leighton Baines 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 25 15 2
      2 Tony Hibbert 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 26 0 2
      5 Joleon Lescott 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 28 4 1
      17 Tim Cahill 0 3 1 2 2 2 0 27 4 0
      10 Mikel Arteta 0 3 1 2 1 0 0 46 9 3
      18 Philip Neville 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 38 4 1
      21 Leon Osman 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 21 4 1
      20 Steven Pienaar 0 2 1 2 5 1 0 25 14 2
      25 Marouane Fellaini 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 24 7 2
      8 Segundo Castillo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      32 Dan Gosling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      4 Joseph Yobo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      28 Victor Anichebe 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 2 0
      1 Carlo Nash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      26 Jack Rodwell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      15 Lars Jacobsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

    • 87' Park nips inside his marker Hibbert on the left byline and strikes low from a tight angle.. Howard saves!
    • 71' It is Tevez who takes it and the ball loops up off the wall, forcing Howard to tip it over for a corner!
    • 60' Free-kick Everton, at least 30 yards from goal.. Arteta drives it low but Van der Sar makes a low save to his right!
    • 55' Jagielka backs off Tevez, who runs to the edge of the box and sidefoots at goal.. saved by Howard!
    • 52' TEVEZ!! Great chance for the Argentine as he collects a low cross from the right and smashes the ball goalwards... but it flies well over!
    • 48' Carrick wants another penalty!! He is tripped by Lescott but referee Halsey says play on! That looked as much of a penalty as the first one...
    • 45+2' CARRICK!! He fires from the edge of the box, and Howard spills the initial shot before leaping on the rebound.
    • 44' GOAL!!! Ronaldo steps up and knocks the ball down the middle as Howard dives out of the way. Everton can count themselves unlucky to be behind.
    • 43' PENALTY!! Carrick is half-tripped by Arteta then Hibbert tackles, and that looks like a soft award. Everton are not happy!
    • 33' Ronaldo flips a sublime through ball for MICHAEL CARRICK!!! Volleys just wide left-footed!! Wonderful piece of play!
    • 27' RONALDO AGAIN!! Fires another dipping shot from under his feet and Howard has to tip over for a corner!
    • 26' Ronaldo toe-pokes from the edge of the box... OFF THE INSIDE OF THE POST!! Tevez gathers the rebound but he is offside. In answer to the question before, Vidic must think Ronaldo is pretty damn useful. If a massive fairy.
    • 12' GREAT SAVE HOWARD!! Ronaldo's cross is headed down to Park, who finds Tevez and the Argentinian's close range shot is deflected over! Great work by the former United man.
    • 7' Park crosses left-footed from the right, the ball eludes everyone and Tim Howard is forced to palm the ball away at full stretch!
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage Manchester United versus Everton! We will have full minute-by-minute commentary and statistics from 17:30 UK time.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • G. Neville Substitution Out (56′)
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic
      • J. O'Shea
      • M. Carrick
      • D. Fletcher Substitution Out (75′)
      • J. Park
      • Cristiano Ronaldo Goal
      • D. Berbatov
      • C. Tévez

      Subs

      • W. Brown Substitution In56′
      • R. Giggs Substitution In75′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • D. Welbeck
      • R. Eckersley
      • D. Gibson
      • Fábio
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • T. Hibbert
      • P. Jagielka
      • J. Lescott
      • L. Baines
      • M. Arteta
      • P. Neville
      • L. Osman
      • M. Fellaini Substitution Out (68′)
      • S. Pienaar
      • T. Cahill

      Subs

      • C. Nash
      • J. Yobo
      • L. Jacobsen
      • V. Anichebe Substitution In68′
      • S. Castillo
      • D. Gosling
      • J. Rodwell
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