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Everton 0 United 1

United got back to winning ways with a narrow win at Goodison Park this Saturday lunchtime.

Team News - Following the humiliation by Manchester City last weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson shuffled his pack for the trip to Goodison Park.

The defence was strengthened by the return of Vidic and Jones whilst Ferdinand dropped to the bench. Up front, Ferguson surprised a few by opting to go for Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck.

Another high-profile casualty who found himself on the bench was Nani, as Ferguson sought the three points on offer that were a necessity to keep on the shirttails of Manchester City.

United - De Gea, Evra, Evans, Vidic, Jones, Park, Cleverley, Fletcher, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs - Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Fabio, Nani, Valencia, Owen, Berbatov

First Half - United got the action underway and what an exciting start it was. In the first minute, Everton had a chance when Coleman jinked inside and hit a shot straight at De Gea whilst United responded immediately with Welbeck bursting into the box and pulling a ball back for Park who saw Howard block his shot.

Everton were pushing forward but the United defence coped admirably with a succession of crosses into the box. After the super-fast start by both sides, the game, around the ten minute mark, settled down to a more sedate pace. With Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck playing, Rooney appeared to be operating in a deeper roll, collecting the ball and trying to make things happen.

Rooney, having turned past Fellaini, tried a shot from the edge of the box but his effort went well wide. But two minutes later, United did take the lead courtesy of Javier Hernandez.

Some good work by Cleverley and Welbeck saw Evra deliver a cross for, the unmarked, Mexican to turn in from close range.

Everton 0 United 1 (Hernandez - 19 minutes)

Rodwell received the first yellow card of the afternoon for a foul on Jones. Everton did well to thwart Jones as he rampaged into the area after one of his now famous charges down the flank.

Everton were awarded a free kick after Vidic handled the ball but Saha`s shot was blocked by Hernandez. The pressure was maintained though and De Gea was forced into a save from Osman`s low shot before Rodwell drove a shot wide.

Our hosts continue dot enjoy a good spell and Baines almost got them on level terms when he hit the underside of the bar when his free kick was lofted over the wall with real skill.

United tried to spring a counter-attack but Hernandez`s low shot was easily gathered by Howard. Everton finished the half with De Gea saving from Saha

Half Time - Everton 0 United 1

Everton replaced Bilyaletdinov with Barkley at half time but the start to the second half was far more sedate than that of the first. Jagielka did well to block an effort from Cleverley before Evans poor clearance saw De Gea forced to save, albeit with his face after he wasn`t quick enough to get his hands to the ball.

Cleverley, just back from injury, appeared to be limping after a challenge but soldiered on. A swift United move involving Hernandez and Welbeck saw the latter force Howard into a fine save.

As the half approached its final stages Hibbert produced a great curling cross that Vidic was force dot put behind for a corner and Jones, blocked the shot from the resulting corner, although there was a suspicion of handball.

Moyes went for broke introducing Gueye and the home side thought they should have had a penalty when he tumbled under a challenge from Evra.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 29 2011

Time: 3:07PM

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A very good result, Everton away is always a tough one. Quick question Red Boy, where did Ramsey come from? Were you watchin Arsenal whilst sorting out the MOTM poll?
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29/10/2011 15:37:00

A good result and valuable 3 points, but I am disappointed with the performance. We are manchester united and having dominated Everton in the first half we could barely string together 4 passes in the second half! Why we were happy with sitting back and letting Everton attack I dont understand. We should have kept possession and gone for the kill. SAF wants a more Barca-like approach, the second half had no ressemblence to how Barca play, Im happy with the points, but not the performance, we should be dominating games like these.
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29/10/2011 18:47:00

Pity Everton don't have much in the way of attacking talent, otherwise they'd have destroyed you in the second half. Fair dues, you got 3 points, but you look terrible at the moment. Barca? You wouldn't beat their B team at the moment.
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29/10/2011 19:36:00

Its all part of the national power shift. nowt you can do about it Red boy. 2012 may not herald the end of the world but its all about role reversal. Citeh for Man U. Everton will topple l'pool. I fancy QPR or Fulham to usurp Chelski (eventually). BUT most importantly for the first time since I was a kid, Woolwich arseanal will play 2nd fiddle to the real pheonix, THFC. You have had good days in the Sun with SAF but the wheels are turning against you I still fancy you for a top 4 finish at the end of this term but if Spurs can keep from choking this afternoon and post a big score I can see us slipping past you real soon. COYS
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30/10/2011 12:53:00

fcb us looking terrible at the start of the season is the norm. We've always kicked in where it matters, towards the business end of the season. hotspur58, you are most definately one of the overly optimistic Spud fans :P
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30/10/2011 13:24:00

In the past that is indeed what you did Famous. The difference is that in the past you were stuffed with quality players. That is certainly no longer true, so don't bet on a repeat.
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30/10/2011 14:07:00

@ Hotspur58, thanks for the funny take on things, is it the same club that was slaugthered twize by the mancs club, the same club that has and always will be feeder club for Chelski and United. Anyways im sure your comment was meant as a joke, good one. @filth, United has quality players in every position, we just need to find our groove again.
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30/10/2011 15:33:00

Name me 5 players that would get in the City, Barca or Chelsea teams.

Clue - you can't.

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30/10/2011 21:14:00

U*d's midfield is weaker than it's ever been in the PL era. Defence is very inexperienced too. I wouldn't say you have quality in every position but you didn't last season either.
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30/10/2011 21:19:00

Barca squad - De Gea (Valdes is woeful), Vidic (doesn't need explaining), Evra (lack of form but even then still better than Abidal), Rooney & Hernandez (according to Barca talisman Messi) Chelsea - Vidic (Their CB's are poor), Smalling (could fill in at RB and do a better job than both Ivanovic and Bosignwa), Nani, Young (Chelsea suffer from a lack of width), Rooney City - Vidic (Kompany is your only World Class CB), Evra (suffering from poor form but when he's back kicking he's better than Clichy & Kolarov), Nani, Rooney (only four but the only club that rivals you in terms of strength in depth is Madrid)
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30/10/2011 23:29:00

Also, you don't win the Premier League if you lack quality. We might not have the game changing quality you possess but we have some very talented youngsters who have the potential to be world beaters and still possess more than enough quality to win the league and beat near enough every team in the league.
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30/10/2011 23:33:00

So the team that won the PL and made it to the CL final last season has no quality!! This is a pathetic discussion.
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31/10/2011 07:37:00

Nordkap - that is a pathetic comment. No one said U*d have no quality. I said they have a weak midfield and an inexperienced back line, would you disagree with that? I know Wio is experienced but is past it imo, leaving U*d with two established quality defenders.
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31/10/2011 12:36:00

I think it was more targeted at fcb than you bluedub.
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31/10/2011 15:50:00

Even so mate, FCB was just pointing out that U*d's squad is not stuffed with quality, I believe he has a point.
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31/10/2011 16:02:00

Yes my comment was directed at Filth
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