Manchester United let slip a 3-1 lead to eventually draw 3-3 against Everton at Goodison Park in a frantic match, which yet again showed that United’s back four still have problems, as they slumped in the dying minutes of the game to allow Everton a miraculous come-back. With this draw United will drop further behind Chelsea and Arsenal, as the latter 2 play later on today.
Everton were more prompt than United to open the score, as their keeper Howard kept United at bay. Arteta managed to get ahead of United’s defenders thanks to a big mess up by Evra, who tried to clear the ball acrobatically, but although Arteta’s attempt was blocked by Van Der Sar, Osman got the rebound, and passed it to an unmarked Pienaar, who slotted past the desperate diving body of Van Der Sar (39th min). United however got back in the game just before half-time, as Nani’s cross was met by Fletcher, leaving Howard well beaten for the equalizer (42nd min).
The second half barely started, when Vidic found the net after being found by Nani (47th min). United then added a third via Berbatov on the 65th min after Scholes sent out a long searching cross in his direction, and with a great control, Berbatov left Distin behind and cheekily shot with the exterior of his right foot past Howard. It should have been game over from there for the Toffees, but they fought their way back in the game as United got may be swayed by the scoreline, and two goals in two minutes after the 90 minutes saw Everton snatch a deserved point. Cahill gave Van Der Sar no chance as he rose to meet Baines’ cross between O’Shea and Evans, and just after restart United were yet again left dumbfounded as Cahill yet again headed Baines’ cross into Arteta’s path, and the latter lashed a volley, which took a slight deflection off Scholes, but ended in the net, with Van Der Sar left staring. 3-3 the final score, it seems United have yet to retain the lesson which Fulham taught them some weeks ago, and now they slipped up yet again to Everton, leaving Chelsea and Arsenal the leisure to go further ahead as they play in some minutes against West Ham and Bolton respectively.