Everton have dented Man Utd’s title quest following a 3-1 home win against the Red Devils, and that too after conceding the first goal, but Moyes’ men reacted positively and scored an impressive win on their home ground, a scenario which was almost same as when they faced Chelsea and won 2-1.
United were the ones however to start more promptly, but although Howard was barely troubled for the opening minutes, United had the most of the possession. Rooney, who Sir Alex hailed as World Class after the Milan match, was not in great form for this match though. His controls let him down many times, and he did not have shots on goal as he usually does. It was Berbatov who scored the first goal of the match, following a deflected pass off Distin from Valencia, and Berbatov just did enough to control and shoot in the roof of the net, with the help of the bar.
But from that goal onwards, United just let the game slipped away from their hands, while Everton moved up a gear, and Bilyaletdinov seized the opportunity presented to him to level the game, as Van Der Sar was stranded on his line watching the ball fly past him. The same man could have given Everton the lead but could not adjust his shot and the ball flew wide above. Rooney got an opportunity at the other end, but although he managed to dribble past Howard, his second touch was not convincing and Phil Neville did well to track back and put the ball for a corner. Donovan then had another chance for Everton, but he missed the ball and Van Der Sar gratefully dived on it. 1-1 at half time, the second half promised to be more interesting.
Indeed, Everton kicked off, and they were more enterprising, while United were almost unrecognizable as they were struggling to sustain with the pressure from the Everton players. The Toffees were creating better chances while the United attack just faded away, with the defense being rocked as usual, mostly Evans who was playing like a beginner on the field, and it has to be pointed out, this player does not deserve to be playing in the first team, he lacks experience and composure, as witnessed in midweek against Milan where he received the ‘hair-dryer’ treatment on the field itself from Sir Alex while United were celebrating the equalizer. The sooner Vidic is back the better I think, unless Sir Alex really wants to offload him in August.
Everton were taking advantage of the weak link in United’s defense and eventually, the young Gosling, who came on just a few minutes ago for the man who equalized, took advantage of some bad defending from United yet again to slot home Everton’s second from a Pienaar’s cross. It was the saga of substitutes for Everton, as on the 90th minute, Rodwell, who came on for Pienaar, added a third, as he he went past Evans and slot past Van Der Sar. Rodwell, who is another young player, is being closely monitored by Sir Alex as well as other managers in the Premier League, as this defensive midfielder has shown some great qualities so far, and he has proved his worth again with a goal this time against United, may be a potential transfer in August, who knows 💡
This third goal just killed off United for good, as the second half performance is one which they should forget quickly and get back on track in the coming games if they want to eventually try win a fourth consecutive title. But what surprised me the most is the way they started the second half, it was as if someone/something drained all the United players’ energy, they were almost walking on the field, while the always flamboyant Rooney was missing almost throughout the game, may be he is a sentimentalist, like my mum said, and he cannot face his ex-team 🙄