United vs Everton: Five Classic Battles

United head into Sunday’s fixture against Everton with much renewed confidence after winning the last three games….

14 December 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during The Emirates FA Cup semi final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

United head into Sunday’s fixture against Everton with much renewed confidence after winning the last three games and most notably two of those victories were against our rivals in the league Tottenham and Manchester City. Who cannot forget Martial’s sublime goal against the Toffees to take us to the FA Cup Final in 2016, Valencia’s stunning strike or our inspired comeback after being 2-0 down during the league game in 2007. Here we take a look at the classic battles between the Red Devils and the Toffees.

1. Everton 2-4 Manchester United (Premier League), 29th April 2007

United did not start this game well as Everton came on the attack from the onset. They scored after the twelfth minute when Alan Stubbs’s free kick was deflected into the goal by Michael Carrick. As the first half continued, United started to exert more control on the game despite some tough tackling from the Everton players. However we were not able to find the equaliser though Rooney did have a few chances to score.

Into the second half and as United were on the attack in the opposition half, Rooney had his shot at goal blocked by three Everton players. Then came the counter attack from the opposition, which proved lethal as Manuel Fernandes got round Wes Brown’s attempted block and fired the ball into the top corner of the net from outside the box on the fiftieth minute.

Despite being 2-0 down, Sir Alex Ferguson did not look too concerned as Cristiano Ronaldo was kept on the bench and felt the team he put out had enough quality to get back into the game. He was certainly right as United got their first goal back when Everton keeper Iain Turner dropped the ball out of his hands from a United corner and John O’Shea struck the ball into the net on the sixty-first minute.

Seven minutes later, United had made the scores level when former United player Phil Neville turn the ball into his own net after Ronaldo had come on to power his header towards the Everton goal. Rooney who was getting booed by every touch he took by his former club gave United the lead on the seventy ninth minute as he put the ball into the bottom corner of the net from a John O’Shea cross.

United wrapped up the win in the ninetieth minute when Chris Eagles hit the ball into the corner of the goal to make it four from the counter attack.

2. Manchester United 2-1 Everton (FA Cup Semi Final), 23rd April 2016

United were much in control of the first half as they setup a number of attacks down the left side of the opposition with Rojo acting as a decoy whilst Martial and Rashford both took their opportunities to take on Muhamed Bešić. On the thirty fourth minute, the United attack proved fruitful as Martial drove the ball into the box and whilst Phil Jagielka did attempt to clear the ball, Martial picked up the ball again, got to the byline and pull the ball back for Marouane Fellaini to score.

United should have put the game beyond Everton with the amount of control and possession they had during the following twenty minutes. It looked liked United may have rued the missed opportunities as on the fifty seventh minute, Everton were awarded a penalty as Timothy Fosu-Mensah tackle on Ross Barkley was seen as a foul by the referee. Romelu Lukaku stepped up to take the penalty only for David De Gea to produce a brilliant save to palm the ball away.

Then, on the seventy fifth minute a cross from Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu on the right hand side was turned into the net by Chris Smalling’s attempted clearance. It seems that the game would be heading into extra time. Then, Martial pass the ball into Ander Herrera whilst United were on the attack. Herrera who was under pressure from the Everton player squeezed the ball past them and then Martial came bursting through to take the ball into the box and put into the bottom right corner of the net.

This victory meant United reach the FA Cup Final and we would go on to win the competition when we beat Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra time.

3. Manchester United 4-0 Everton (Premier League), 17th September 2017

During the summer transfer window, United made the signing of Romelu Lukaku who certainly proved a point during this game. The game started so well when on the fourth minute Nemanja Matić swinging cross to the other side of the opposition box was meant by swinging boot of Antonio Valencia who fired the ball straight pass all the Everton players and beyond their goalkeeper into the net.

United then controlled much of the game but Everton were proving dangerous on the counter as two opportunities fell for former United player Wayne Rooney as his first shot went wide then followed a shot that was saved by the legs of De Gea. Rooney was given a standing ovation by the United faithful when he was substituted.

The second half was passing by as United retain control and possession. It looked like Valencia’s superb goal would be the only difference. Then in the last ten minutes of the second half, United turned on the style. Firstly, Lukaku drove the ball towards the opposition box and found Henrikh Mkhitaryan who slotted the ball passed Jordan Pickford. United grabbed a third after Lukaku initial free kick was blocked, the ball was played back into the box and Lingard’s flick on was met by the boot of Lukaku to score.

Then in the ninety second minute when Martial weaving run into the box, the ball was blocked by Morgan Schneiderlin’s arm as he slid across the pitch. The referee adjudged it was handball and awarded a penalty which was subsequently scored by Martial to make it 4-0 and wrapped up the victory.

4. Everton 0-2 Manchester United (Premier League), 1st January 2018

Before this game on New Year’s Day against Everton, United had previously been held to three successive draws and it looked like this would be the case again. The first half saw United produce a very slow start as Everton’s Mason Holgate saw his header go over. Then, a great interception by Marcos Rojo saw him blocked the attempted shot at goal by Oumar Niasse.

United exerted more control on the game as the first half half went on. Pogba and Herrera had attempts on goal but both had gone wide. Into the second half, United hit their rhythm as Mata shot hit the outside of the post.

A dominant spell was rewarded when the counter attack saw Anthony Martial’s curl his shot into the goal from the edge of the box after being setup by Paul Pogba.

Then, Everton came on strong to find the equaliser but United weathered the storm. The victory was wrapped up when Jesse Lingard got the all important second goal when he bent his shot from outside the area to beat Jordan Pickford.

5. Manchester United 2-1 Everton (Premier League), 28th October 2018

United were looking to climb back up the table when this game against Everton came round. They started well as they showed more energy and attack with Anthony Martial looking particularly dangerous when on the ball in the opposition half. Romelu Lukaku had been dropped for this game that saw Marcus Rashford go up top. Fred and Matic were the central midfield partnership which meant Pogba had a more liberated role and got more forward.

On the twenty-seventh minute, United were awarded a penalty after Martial superb run into the ball only to be tripped up by Gueye. Pogba then took a 26 step run up only for Jordan Pickford to save it but the rebound came back to him to slot the ball into the net.

United made 2-0 into the second half when Anthony Martial struck the ball into the far corner of the goal from outside the box from Paul Pogba’s pass.

Then, Everton were allowed to get back into the game and thirteen minutes from time Pogba gave the ball away in midfield, Smalling then upended Richarlison to give the opposition a penalty, which was converted by Sigurdsson who sent De Gea the wrong way. United then saw it out to claim the victory and take the much needed three points.

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