Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 34 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton

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  1. Hernandez heads United closer

    Hernandez heads United closer

    Manchester United took a huge step towards the Premier League title with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Everton
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' The final whistle goes, and Javier Hernandez has given United a huge win in this title race! United go nine points clear ahead of the weekend's other matches.
    • 90+4' Whistles heard all around Old Trafford as the home fans want this match ended. It seems that United have rode out Everton's late fightback.
    • 90+2' cahill gets a header on target, but it's tame. The Australian got a bang on the head for his troubles, and Ferdinand pulls him to his feet by the scruff of the neck!
    • 90+1' Jagielka has a strike from distance that flies high and wide, much to the relief of the home crowd.
    • 90' There will be five minutes added on to the end of this game.
    • 89' gueye holds the ball up well by the corner flag and goes the long way round Fabio. Owen pitches in with a but of defensive work as cover for Fabio, who was pulled way out of position by Gueye.
    • 87' ferguson is on his feet on the touchline, chewing his gum furoiusly. He wants this match over now.
    • 86' Anichebe and Osman link up well on the edge of the box, but the latter is dispossesed as he looked to shoot.
    • 84' Javier Hernandez's 12th league goal of the season could well see United take a huge step towards the title!
    • 83' GOAL!! HERNANDEZ BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!! Valencia digs out a great cross to the far post and Hernandez reacts quickest to head it past Howard! What a huge goal in the title race that is.
    • 82' Howard is booked for taking too long over his goal kick after another United corner comes to nothing.
    • 81' WHAT A SAVE FROM HOWARD! Valencia's shot is blocked and the Ecuadorean clips the ball to Hernandez, and the Mexican's cloe-range header is tipped over the bar! Greaction reaction save there from the former United keeper!
    • 80' The corner comes back to Roomey, but this time he doesn't get the execution right and the ball flies wide.
    • 79' Rooney really catches his free-kick strike well and launches a dipping curler over the wall that Howard has to palm behind for a corner.
    • 77' Jagielka has been immense this afternoon, and he disrupts another United attack at the expense of a corner. Owen runs across the box before teeing up Adnerson, whose strike doesn't make it through the bodies in the area.
    • 76' Everton substitution: Magaye Gueye comes on for Everton. Moyes really is going for it.
    • 75' United substitution: Ryan Giggs replaces Gibson.
    • 75' Replays show that, in fact, Owen swung and missed with his shot and the ball clipped of Distin.
    • 74' OWEN HITS THE POST! The former Liverpool striker - and boyhood Everton fan - turns Fabio's great cross on to the woodwork!
    • 73' Evra is getting a lot of joy off Hibbert down the left. His latest low cross is turned away by Jagielka.
    • 71' Anichebe gets in front of Fabio but slips over as he goes to shoot on the turn.
    • 70' Well, it took until the 69th minute, but Everton finally create a good chance and win their first corner as a result. Cahill inevitably springs high into the air, but the cross is nowhere near him.
    • 69' GREAT SAVE FROM VAN DER SAR! Rodwell hits a low drive through Evra's legs and the 40-year-old keeper gets down low to palm it round the post!
    • 68' Everton seeing a bit more of the ball in the United half though. Neville does a good impression of Xavi as he keeps things ticking over.
    • 67' Despite four ostensibly attacking substitutions being made since half-time, this game has still failed to fully ignite.
    • 66' Home and away fans are united in their cheers as referee Peter Walton slips over! never fails to raise a smile...
    • 64' Rooney picks out Hernandez with a lovely ball from deep which Hernandez can't bring under control. The mexican needs no second invitation to peel off the back of the last defender. He and Rooney have developed a great understanding.
    • 63' United substitution: Michael Owen replaces Nani.
    • 62' Another United cross, this time from Evra, but again Everton remain resolute and get the ball clear.
    • 61' Valencia jinks his way to the byline and clips a ball across the face of goal, but there is no red shirt there to turn it in. If United do break Everton down, it looks as though Valencia will be the key.
    • 60' United are fortunate to get a corner when Nani's shot did not get a touch from Hibbert. It's played short and low and it is easily cleared.
    • 59' Once more United fail to make the most of the corner. Jagielka puts in a good tackle to deny the second ball and Everton clear. Jagielka has been fantastic so far today.
    • 58' Valencia dinks a cross into the box. Hibbert heads it away but it sits up nicely for Gibson to strike... Jagielka with a brave block at the expense of a corner!
    • 57' United substitution: Patrice Evra replaces O'Shea.
    • 56' Anichebe powers past Ferdinand and gets into the box. The United defender recovers and muscles the striker off the ball. Anichebe goes to ground and wants a penalty... No chance!
    • 55' Cahill catches Ferdinand very late as he tries to block the defender's clearance. The Australian gets a booking. The duel between thos two promises much.
    • 54' Anderson miscontrols and lunges in on Coleman as he desperately tries to recliam the ball. The Brazilian's boot was high, and he certainly deserves the booking he gets.
    • 53' Hernandez plays a square pass into the box for Rooney but Jagielka denies him with a well-timed sliding tackle! Great work from the England defender there.
    • 52' Cahill has scored three goals in four Premier League matches against Big Four clubs this season, already netting against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. (Infostrada)
    • 51' United caught napping from an Everton free-kick, but Coleman fires over after Cahill teed him up.
    • 50' Anderson and Hernandez are have clearly worked on linking up via long balls over the top. The latest attempt to pick out the sriker is overhit and goes out of play.
    • 49' Still a lack of impetus from the home side at the start of this half. both teams looking a little sluggish in the midday sun.
    • 47' United have gone on to win only two of 10 Premier League matches this season that have been level at half time – at West Brom in January and at home to Bolton in March. (Infostrada)
    • 46' The second half is underway! Can Moyes's positive switches have an effect? his team has offered little going forward so far.
    • HT Everton substitutions: Tim Cahill and Victor Anichebe replace Beckford and Bilyaletdinov.
    • 45+1' Half-time is called, and Everton are halfway to claiming at least a point at Old Trafford. Arsenal and Chelsea will be pleased.
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of added time. Nani is far too ponderous inside the Everton and he slips over trying to turn too quickly.
    • 45' Jagielka heads Nani's cross away. Rooney keeps the pressure on for United, but his diagonal ball floats out for a goal kick.
    • 44' Bilyaletdinov gives the ball away far too easily in the United half. The Russian has been well under par so far in this game.
    • 43' Neville tries to work his way past O'Shea but he slips over and lands on his backside. A few ironic cheers from the home crowd, but most resist the temptation to mock their former player.
    • 42' Anderson pings a ball over the top but Hernandez was returning from an offside position and watches it sail over his head.
    • 40' United need one more goal to reach 350 in Premier League North West derbies. (Opta)
    • 39' Rooney beats the offside down the right and he's in the area. The United striker takes far too long in picking out his pass and in the end his low cross is cleared! United getting closer to an opener now.
    • 38' Great strength from Valencia to shrug Baines off the ball. He's got time and space in the area and picks out Nani with a square pass... The shot hits Hernandez and rebounds away from goal! Should have been 1-0!
    • 37' Former Everton man Rooney lines up a strike from range, but it's no threat to Howard's goal.
    • 36' Everton take their turn to to have some possession int he final third. They have plenty forward, but Bilyaletdinov's wafted ball across is easily cleared.
    • 35' Good stat from OptaJoe on Twitter: "Rio Ferdinand has committed more than one foul in a PL home game for the first time since March 2008 v Liverpool." Follow OptaJoe on Twiter!
    • 35' Yet another United corner, this time Distin doing well to block Hernandez's low ball across the box. Again Everton clear, but again United regain possession in the Everton half.
    • 34' Former United man Phil Neville blocks Nani's cross at the expense of another corner. Distin heads clear but United keep Everton boxed in. In the end, Beckford controls well and relieves the pressure.
    • 33' Hernandez's next goal will give him 12 in his debut season in the Premier League. That would be as many as Dimitar Berbatov scored in his debut season in the division – at Tottenham Hotspur in 2006-07. (Infostrada)
    • 32' The corner comes back to Hernanez, who is caught in two minds and hits a nothing ball out for a goal kick.
    • 31' Rooney picks out Hernandez in the box and Howard does well to beat away the shot! Best chance so far for United, who now have a corner.
    • 30' Remember, when these two sides met at Goodison back in september, it was goalless until the 43rd minute, and that game finished 3-3! Still plenty of time to go yet.
    • 29' Another weighted pass down the wing from Anderson to Hernandez, who is flagged offside. That was marginal, but the correct call. It just takes one occasion for the young striker to get in behind and he will punish you.
    • 28' Beckford chases a high ball down the left flank, but gets his control all wrong and concedes a throw. Poor from the striker.
    • 27' Nani rolls the ball across for Gibson to strike from 30 yards... The Irishman skews his shot well wide. It came off his left foot just before he struck it with his right.
    • 26' Nani's corner is easily cleared, and everton can brethe again. The Toffees have to find a way of catching United on the counter in these situations.
    • 25' Anderson plays Hernandez in down the the left with a weighted pass. Not much on for the Mexican, and his shot is blocked at the near post for a corner.
    • 24' David Moyes is on his feet in the dugout. He has lost six of his eight league visits to Old Trafford as Everton manager – more defeats there than at any other stadium he has visited.
    • 23' Rafael is going for a jog down the touchline, but it looks as though his twin brother will be able to continue.
    • 22' Fabio is down hurt again. The young full-back has already been in the wars today.
    • 21' Osman miscontrols on the edge of the United box and Anderson will play his team out of danger. Fabio robs Bilyaletdinov of the ball and gambols forward. Hernandez's cross deflects off a defender and Howard can catch it.
    • 20' United have conceded nine league goals at Old Trafford this season – all in the second half of matches. The last first half goal they conceded came over a year ago – Joe Cole in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory on April 3, 2010. (Infostrada)
    • 19' Valencia picks out Rooney cleverly down the channel. O'Shea has time in the box and turns a low shot wide. The low cross is blocked. Everton keeping United at bay but for how long?
    • 18' Nani uses the advantage from the referee well and bringsd it forward. Gibson tries a pop from long range but Heitinga blocks.
    • 16' Everton are tough to break down when they get back in numbers. United work the ball around but are faced with 10 men behind the ball.
    • 15' Fabio is over on the touchline getting treatment to a bloody nose which, for all the wonders of modern science, simply means a bit of cotton wool up each nostril.
    • 14' Lumped long into the United box, but easily claimed by Van der Sar, whose career has just a handful of matches left to run.
    • 13' Slick move from United as Valencia finds Rooney who slips it wide left for Nani. The winger declines to cross early, and instead jinks his way into a position to shoot into Howard's hands. A bit greedy, that, although Nani does get more than his share of assists so we'll forgive him that one.
    • 12' It's not exactly a barn-burner, but both sides have shown a modicum of attacking intent. United have failed to score in their last two games.
    • 11' Everton have a throw in an attacking position but Rodwell takes a hopelessly clumsy touch and puts the ball out to relieve the pressure on United.
    • 9' Valencia plays a through-ball for Hernandez, but Distin does well to cut it out... then Rooney hits a poor cross into the area.
    • 8' Hernandez lets the ball run out of play thinking he's going to get a corner, but the linesman flags for a goal kick. The replay shows Hernandez was right (it took a touch off Rodwell), but why didn't the striker play on anyway?
    • 7' For the chap on the comments board asking, today's ref is Peter Walton of Northamptonshire. He's 51 years old, but doesn't look a day over 60.
    • 6' Nani tees the free-kick up for Rooney, whose shot is charged down and bounces behind for a corner... which is well taken by Tim Howard.
    • 5' Hibbert slides in on Nani, and he's been beaten all ends up. Free-kick.
    • 4' Fabio is playing at right-back, with John O'Shea on the left. Of course, it could be Rafael wearing his brother's shirt... Fabio, that is, not O'Shea.
    • 3' Nani fires a free-kick into the Everton box, and Bilyaletdinov heads away. After the best part of two seasons, that name is getting a little easier to type.
    • 2' A decent atmosphere for a lunchtime kick-off. If the Wetherspoon's near my place of work is any indication, Britain seems to have been taking advantage of relaxed licensing laws this Bank Holiday morning.
    • 1' Game on! United get us under way, playing from left to right as we see it. They are in red shirts, white shorts and black socks. Everton all in blue.
    • 12:42 Oh, will United pipe down with that silly fanfare as the teams come out. Absolutely ludicrous.
    • 12:40 Vidic is not injured - he is being rested ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Schalke. Huge call, though. Evans has been dreadful this season.
    • 12:35 Raul has claimed that he had a chance to join Manchester United before signing for Schalke. He's been great for the German side, but United are probably pleased they ended up with Javier Hernandez.
    • 12:30 We spoke exclusively to David Moyes this week about life at Everton. To watch the three-part interview visit The Dugout.
    • 12:25 Manchester United and Everton have met 163 times in the league. Manchester United have won 71, Everton 53 and 39 draws. If Manchester United win today they will have more Premier League victories against Everton than any other club they have faced, one ahead of Tottenham (27). This is also currently Everton's most defeats against another Premier League club.
    • 12:20 There are some interesting predictions on the comments board below. I like alextrainor19's forecast of a 9-4 to United - the goalscorers: Giggs, Rooney, Owen (2), Hernandez, Berbatov, Park, Valencia; Beckford, Cahill (3). Sadly, Berbatov will not feature - so, 8-4 then?
    • 12:15 As for Everton, Seamus Coleman will be a popular selection as he returns to the right side of midfield - Magaye Gueye makes way. United target Jack Rodwell comes in for Johnny Heitinga in the only other change from last weekend's win against Blackburn.
    • 12:10 A few changes from the United side that drew 0-0 at Newcastle in midweek. Rio Ferdinand returns at the expense of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans is drafted in for Nemanja Vidic, Fabio comes in for Patrice Evra and Darron Gibson replaces Michael Carrick in central midfield. Again, though, Dimitar Berbatov does not even make the bench.
    • 12:05 MAN UTD: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Gibson, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez... Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Brown, Owen, Giggs, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva... EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Neville, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Beckford... Subs: Mucha, Cahill, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Mustafi, Duffy... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • 12:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester United v Everton from Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL!! HERNANDEZ BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!! Valencia digs out a great cross to the far post and Hernandez reacts quickest to head it past Howard! What a huge goal in the title race that is.
    • 81' WHAT A SAVE FROM HOWARD! Valencia's shot is blocked and the Ecuadorean clips the ball to Hernandez, and the Mexican's cloe-range header is tipped over the bar! Greaction reaction save there from the former United keeper!
    • 79' Rooney really catches his free-kick strike well and launches a dipping curler over the wall that Howard has to palm behind for a corner.
    • 74' OWEN HITS THE POST! The former Liverpool striker - and boyhood Everton fan - turns Fabio's great cross on to the woodwork!
    • 69' GREAT SAVE FROM VAN DER SAR! Rodwell hits a low drive through Evra's legs and the 40-year-old keeper gets down low to palm it round the post!
    • 38' Great strength from Valencia to shrug Baines off the ball. He's got time and space in the area and picks out Nani with a square pass... The shot hits Hernandez and rebounds away from goal! Should have been 1-0!
    • 31' Rooney picks out Hernandez in the box and Howard does well to beat away the shot! Best chance so far for United, who now have a corner.
    • 25' Anderson plays Hernandez in down the the left with a weighted pass. Not much on for the Mexican, and his shot is blocked at the near post for a corner.
    • 12:05 MAN UTD: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Gibson, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez... Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Brown, Owen, Giggs, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva... EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Neville, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Beckford... Subs: Mucha, Cahill, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Mustafi, Duffy... Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • Fábio
      • R. Ferdinand
      • J. Evans
      • J. O'Shea Substitution Out (57′)
      • D. Gibson Substitution Out (75′)
      • Anderson Yellow Card
      • A. Valencia
      • Nani Substitution Out (63′)
      • W. Rooney
      • J. Hernández Goal

      Subs

      • M. Owen Substitution In63′
      • M. Carrick
      • W. Brown
      • R. Giggs Substitution In75′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • P. Evra Substitution In57′
      • Rafael
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard Yellow Card
      • T. Hibbert
      • P. Jagielka
      • S. Distin
      • L. Baines
      • P. Neville
      • J. Rodwell
      • S. Coleman Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Bilyaletdinov Substitution Out (45′)
      • L. Osman
      • J. Beckford Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • T. Cahill Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • V. Anichebe Substitution In45′
      • M. Gueye Substitution In75′
      • S. Duffy
      • J. Mucha
      • S. Mustafi
      • A. Vellios
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