Premier League - Defeat at Everton ends Manchester United’s top four hopes
- -MOTM: Seamus Coleman (Everton): A stunning display from arguably the best attacking full-back in the league. A constant menace throughout and solid in defence when called upon.
- -RATINGS: EVERTON: Howard 7, Baines 8, Distin 7, Stones 7, Coleman 8, McCarthy 7, Barry 7, Mirallas 8, Barkley 7, Naismith 7, Lukaku 7. Subs: Alcaraz 6, Osman 6, McGeady n/a. /// MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea 6, Jones 5, Evans 6, Smalling 5, Buttner 5, Carrick 6, Fletcher 6, Nani 6, Mata 6, Kagawa 6, Rooney 6. Subs: Valencia 6, Hernandez 5, Welbeck 5.
- 90+5'FT: Everton 2-0 Man United. First-half goals from Baines (pen) and Mirallas keep Everton in the hunt for the Champions League and end the Red Devils' very slim hopes.
- Everton Substitution
- 90+4'Everton sub: McGeady on for Mirallas.
- 90+3'Rooney crosses from the right for Smalling who guides his header wide. That sums up United's afternoon and perhaps their season.
- 90+2'Another Everton break sees the mesmeric Coleman charge down the right and cross low for Lukaku who can't get his shot on target.
- 90+1'Four minutes added.
- 90'Everton on the verge of that long-awaited double over Man United.
- 89'Back up the other end and Mirallas wins Everton a corner. The Belgian leans casually on the corner flag. Has it really been that easy?
- 88'That really was some stop by the Everton keeper who will be desperate to keep that clean sheet after having a routine afternoon for the most part.
- 87'WHAT A SAVE! Rooney breaks clean through on goal but sees his low shot brilliantly kept out by the flailing hand of Howard. Wonderful stop.
- 86'It's just not United's day. Mata finally breaks free and looks to release Hernandez but he's strayed offside.
- 85'Everton five minutes away from a 20th PL win of the season - their highest total in PL history.
- 84'STAT: Manchester United have only won one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at Goodison Park (D2 L2).
- 83'Mirallas nutmegs Fletcher and is pushed to the floor. Showboating from the Blues. They have been by far the better team.
- 82'More superb counter attacking from Everton. Coleman races down the right and cuts it back for Lukaku who slips as he shoots and sees it deflect for another corner.
- 81'Again, the Everton corner comes to nothing.
- 80'SAVE! Coleman leads an Everton counter and tees up Naismith on the left of the area, who sees his low shot tipped past the post by De Gea.
- 79'Free kick to Man United on the far right. It's floated to the far post where only one United shirt is present. Headed away by Stones.
- 78'STAT: The Toffees have lost only three of their last 40 home matches in the league (W28, D9, L3)... Make that 41, unless United can produce something incredible here.
- 77'It should be three. Mirallas surges down the right and drills a low cross to the far post where Naismith somehow contrives to volley over the top.
- 76'Corner to Everton... but the visitors defend it comfortably and see it out.
- 75'Man United looking for a more direct approach in Welbeck after the diminutive 'Barca-type' approach came up well short....
- Manchester United Substitution
- 74'MAN UNITED sub: Welbeck on for Kagawa.
- 72'United preparing their final sub.
- 71'United with more possession but you wouldn't exactly call it pressure. Lots of passing but no penetration.
- 70'EVERTON sub: Barkley replaced by Leon Osman.
- Everton Substitution
- 69'STAT: Man United have only won one of their 11 games this season against the league's current top six. It's looking like one from 12.
- 68'It's all too intricate from the visitors once again. This time it's teased to Kagawa on the left side of the area but his clip into the box is punched clear by Howard.
- 67'Barkley with a glimpse of his much-heralded talent as he shrugs off two challenges to burst into the box and then drill wide from a near impossible angle. He needed to look up there. Mirallas was behind him in support.
- 66'McCarthy limps to the touchline but should be okay to continue.
- 65'Rooney follows through with a nasty-looking challenge on McCarthy. The striker is involved in some heated discussion as McCarthy receives some treatment. No card for the England man though.
- 64'Rooney sees a long range effort blocked before Fletcher miscues with a poor strike from 30 yards out.
- 63'ATTEMPTS: Everton 11-4 Man United.
- 62'Lukaku shows all his power to drive at United's goal but his low shot is well held by De Gea.
- 61'DOUBLE UNITED sub: Evans replaced by Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia on for Nani.
- Manchester United Substitution
- Manchester United Substitution
- 60'McCarthy booked for a lunging tackle.
- Everton Yellow card
- 59'Kagawa beats Smalling to a header from Buttner's hanging left-wing cross but it's all far too routine for Howard. Perhaps the former Dortmund man would have been better leaving it to Smalling who had the momentum with the late burst into the area.
- 58'Alcaraz leaps like a salmon to nod it into the six-yard box but Lukaku isn't on the same page and the ball rolls through to De Gea.
- 57'Everton win only their second corner of the match.
- 56'A long ball over the top looks for Nani but it's easy for Howard who advances from his goal to gather.
- 55'Everton not in top gear, but the worrying sign for United fans is that they don't seem to need to be!
- 54'Mata steps up and clips it tamely into the wall. A poor effort from the Spaniard.
- 54'Back to events on the pitch and United have a free kick 25 yards out, to the right of centre. Rooney and Mata over it.
- 53'PHOTO: Mirallas nets number two.
- 52'Coleman bombs forward down the right and powers into the area but then fluffs his lines with a skewed shot that flies straight into the crowd.
- 51'PHOTO: The Blues fan dressed as the Grim Reaper!
- 50'Smalling booked for a foul on Barry.
- 50'Martinez very animated on the touchline. He won't like what he has seen from Everton thus far. They are allowing United a glimmer of hope.
- Manchester United Yellow card
- 49'The free kick is cleared only as far as Kagawa who stings Howard's fingers with a rasping drive that the keeper gathers at the second attempt.
- 48'United have a free kick on the far right after a foul by Barkley leads to a yellow card for the youngster.
- Everton Yellow card
- 47'The corner is well defended by the Blues. United making a positive start to this half after a toothless first period.
- 46'Big opening for Rooney... but he blows it. The England striker finds space in the area but tries to shift it too many times and Alcaraz gets across to concede the corner.
- 46'KICK OFF! Everton restart the game protecting a comfortable lead.
- -EVERTON sub: Antolin Alcaraz on for Distin. A blow for the Blues. One can only assume Distin is injured.
- -Prior to Liverpool's win at Norwich this afternoon, Manchester United had picked up more points away from home than any other Premier League team this season (33). It's not looking like they will regain that mantle here.
- Everton Substitution
- 45+1'HT: Everton 2-0 Man United. A spot kick from Baines and a clinical finish from Mirallas put the Toffees in control and on course to keep up the pressure on Arsenal for fourth spot.
- 45'CHANCE: A United corner hits Gareth Barry and lands straight in the arms of Howard. Let off for Everton.
- 44'That's Mirallas' eighth league goal of the season and one that gives United a mountain to climb.
- 43'GOAL! It's 2-0 to Everton. Coleman plays Mirallas clear as United fail to spring the offside trap and the Belgium winger makes no mistake with a thumping finish into the far corner.
- Everton Goal
Right Footed - Bottom Left
- 42'United having a lot of the ball in front of the Everotn back four. It's all rather static though. Not much space in behind and the Blues look dangerous on the counter.
- 41'United fizzing a fair few crosses into the mix but Everton are dealing with them manfully.
- 40'A lightning break sees Mirallas go one-on-one with Evans. Unfortunately the Belgian bamboozles himself and falls over! Evans steps clear and plays it forward for the away side.
- 39'PHOTO: Baines steps up to give Everton the lead.
- 38'Rooney's corner evades everyone. Nani picks up the pieces but Jones can't convert his flick at the near post.
- 37'Corner to the visitors. Rooney to take...
- 36'CLOSE! Everton carve United open again. Naismith drifts a lovely ball into the path of the marauding Coleman who fizzes a low cross into the six-yard box, but Lukaku can't quite get there.
- 35'As it stands, Everton will be one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Both sides will have three games left and the Blues boast a better goal difference... just!
- 34'Everton win a corner and some respite but it's easily cleared at the near post. Here come United again down the right.
- 33'Perfection from Baines.
- 32'The visitors have responded well to going behind. Nani exchanges a one-two and gets to the byline but it's more fine defending by the Everton back four to avert the danger.
- 31'STAT: One more win for the Toffees will see them attain a club high of wins in a Premier League season.
- 30'United look to respond and Buttner goes down under a challenge from McCarthy. No chance of a penalty though.
- 29'Sensational stat!
- Everton Penalty
Left Footed - Bottom Center
- 28'GOAL! Everton lead. Baines steps up and lashes the spot kick down the middle as De Gea dives to his right.
- Manchester United Yellow card
- 27'Jones booked.
- 26'An Everton counter sees Lukaku cut in and fire a shot at goal that Jones blocks with his hand.
- 25'Penalty to Everton!
- 24'A 'grim reaper' costume has been an off-the-pitch sub plot at Goodison this afternoon. Lots of fans joking about it on Twitter with regards to Moyes and his United job.
- 23'PHOTO: Mirallas and Fletcher epitomise the midfield battle thus far.
- 22'EVERTON CHANCE: Sylvain Distin hoists a long free kick towards Lukaku who nods it down for Naismith, but the Scot crashes over on the volley from just inside the box. He had time to take a touch there. A big opportunity blown.
- 21'Michael Carrick takes out Naismith with a late challenge. McCarthy is having a word with the referee about it but no card has been shown.
- 20'Naismith hits a shot on the spin that strikes Evans. Was that hand ball? Big shout from the crowd. Looked more like a combination of arm and back from Evans. Would have been harsh had Mark Clattenburg given it.
- 19'A sensational reverse pass down the left by Barkley sends Baines away. Everton looking dangerous here...
- 18'Rooney clips a sublime ball into the path of Smalling who volleys back across goal from the right byline, but it's too close to Tim Howard who catches with ease.
- 17'United dominating possession but there is a very even feel about this game.
- 16'Lukaku wrestles for a flick on with Smalling and it appears to hit the United defender on the hand. The referee says no despite a few claims from the stands.
- 15'Lukaku tries a snapshot from the right edge of the area after neat link up with Naismith but it's blocked by Evans.
- 14'Nani jinks in from the right but his touch is a tad rusty and he ends up bundling over a defender. Free kick to Everton.
- 13'However, the ex-Everton forward has been on the periphery so far this afternoon.
- 12'Worth noting that only Luis Suarez (13) has scored more Premier League away goals than Rooney (10) this season.
- 11'A good spell of possession for Everton comes to an end as Barry overhits a pass towards Baines. An overlap by Coleman just prior to that had the Goodison faithful on their feet but his low cross was cut out by the well-positioned Phil Jones.
- 10'STAT: Manchester United have the best away record in the Premier League, securing 33 points from their 17 matches (W10, D3 L4).
- 9'CHANCE! Coleman's cross is nodded into the path of Ross Barkley by Smalling but the England midfielder fluffs his volley and skies it into the stand.
- 8'A flexible formation being deployed by Everton today...
- 7'Nani, Mata and Shinji Kagawa full of industry just outside that Everton penalty area. Lots of one touch passes but on this occasion the Blues stand firm.
- 6'Everton looking to claim the double over Man United for the first time since the 1969/70 season.
- 5'Baines dribbles in from the left and tries to stab it through for Lukaku but it's easily cut out.
- 4'A busy start by both teams as they battle for the ascendancy early doors.
- 3'STAT: Everton haven't lost consecutive home matches in the league since October 2011, when they followed a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool with a 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
- 2'United straight onto the attack with Juan Mata who tees up Nani for a volley... great block by Stones. That shot had some zip on it.
- 1'KICK OFF! Man United get us underway.
- 16.09Here comes Moyes... Boos ring out but it's nothing too extreme. He'd have been expecting it. With that out of the way, it's time for the football...
- 16.07The pre-match focus is going to be all about Moyes' return and the plethora of photographers gathering by the dugouts illustrates as much. After that, it's a battle between two of English football's most traditional sides with a rich history of success in years gone by as well as the hunt for European places this season.
- 16.05STAT: Everton have won just two of their last 18 league games at home to Manchester United.
- 16.01Moyes has struggled to find the right formula for United this season and the lack of consistency in his team selection will no doubt have played a part.
- 16.00The Blues could well have to start looking over their shoulder if they lose today. Spurs are just three point below them in sixth, while United are nine points behind with a game in hand. A win at Goodison would put the Red Devils within striking distance of a Europa berth.
- 15.55You'd have to fancy Arsenal in the battle for fourth. The Gunners' remaining matches: Newcastle (H), West Brom (H), Norwich (a).... /// Everton's final three games after today: Southampton (a), Man City (H), Hull (a).
- 15.50This game is a close one to call. Everton were in magnificent form prior to the defeat to Palace while United have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Fancy a flutter? The odds are quite tight: Everton 6/4; Manchester United 21/10; Draw 5/2.
- 15.48LATEST: Hull 0-3 Arsenal. Just under 10 minutes remaining at the KC Stadium. The Gunners look set to move four points clear of Everton in fourth spot. The gauntlet has been well and truly laid down by Arsene Wenger's men in that battle for the final Champions League berth.
- 15.45As for Everton, youngster John Stones retains his place at the heart of the defence as captain Phil Jagielka is still ruled out. James McCarthy returns in midfield and Romelu Lukaku will once again lead the line. The last time the on-loan Chelsea star faced United as a home player he grabbed a hat-trick (WBA 5-5 Man United).
- 15.40Wayne Rooney will lead the line for Man United and skippers the Red Devils against his former club after his much-publicised toe injury. He assumes the armband in the absence of Nemanja Vidic who is replaced by Jonny Evans at centre back. Alex Buttner steps in for Patrice Evra at left back while Nani is also involved following a season plagued by injury. Ex-Blues midfielder, Marouane Fellaini is left on the bench.
- 15.35David Moyes: "The game is not about me, it's about Everton and Manchester United. I was proud to be manager of Everton at that time but my job now is to make sure I get a result for Manchester United. The fans were always terrific in my time there, they were very supportive and always right behind the team. We had some really big games there at times and they'll be supporting the team like the Manchester United supporters have for their team."
- 15.30Someone forgot to remind the fans that met the United team bus re. Martinez's comments about Moyes. The Scot was greeted by pantomime boos as he made his way from the champions' team coach and into the tunnel towards the changing rooms. He looked a bit embarrassed by it all.
- 15.28Roberto Martinez: "Facing the champions is a big enough reason to be excited and to make sure we've got the best possible environment at Goodison. Having the opportunity to do the double on United is something that is not easy to achieve, and then the return of David Moyes. We are a club full of integrity and style, we are a proper football club, so we will show the respect to David Moyes and what he's done at our football club."
- 15.25THE RACE FOR FOURTH: As it stands, Arsenal will hold a four point lead over Everton before the Toffees kick off against United. It's currently 3-0 to the Gunners.LIVE: Hull 0-3 Arsenal
Arsenal turn up the heat on Everton in the battle for fourth.
- 15.21TEAMS - EVERTON: Howard, Baines, Distin, Stones, Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku... Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Osman, Garbutt, Alcaraz. /// MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Smalling, Buttner, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Mata, Kagawa, Rooney... Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck, Valencia, Fellaini, Januzaj.
- 15.20Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text updates from Everton's mouthwatering Premier League clash with Manchester United at Goodison Park. The Blues welcome David Moyes back to Merseyside knowing a victory is imperative if they are to keep their top four hopes alive as rivals Arsenal are currently leading at Hull City.
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