Everton 3 Manchester United 1: match report

20 February 2010 02:49
Everton dealt a severe blow to Manchester United's Premier League title hopes this afternoon as David Moyes's side came from behind to sweep aside the champions at Goodison Park.

Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell scored inside the last 15 minutes to condemn United to their sixth league defeat of the season and leave them ruing a missed opportunity to return to the top of the table, albeit temporarily, at Chelsea's expense.

 Related ArticlesPremier League actionTelegraph player raterPremier League tablePremier League fixturesSir Alex Ferguson praises Wayne Rooney 'incredible form'Sport on televisionSir Alex Ferguson's side struck first in a frenetic first half, Dimitar Berbatov's shot clipping the underside of the cross bar after Sylvain Distin failed to deal with Antonio Valencia's low cross, but their lead lasted only three minutes.

Louis Saha beat Jonny Evans, enduring another torrid outing following his dressing-down from Ferguson at the San Siro, to John Heitinga's long pass, knocking the ball into the path of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. The Russian steadied himself and powered a fierce 25-yard drive past the stranded Edwin van der Sar.

Either side could have led at the break. Bilyaletdinov failed to control his shot after Saha had cleverly dummied Leighton Baines's cross, while the excellent Landon Donovan miskicked after Wes Brown's poor clearance of another of the left-back's centres fell at his feet on the edge of the six-yard box.

The best chance of the opening spell, though, fell to Wayne Rooney. The forward, his every touch roundly jeered, latched on to a delicate Berbatov through ball, rounded Tim Howard but, as he shaped to roll the ball into an unguarded net, found Phil Neville shepherding him away from goal.

Rooney, otherwise quiet, would regret his profligacy. The striker found himself on the fringes as United failed to settle into any sort of rhythm in the second half, their only chances a Darren Fletcher volley which whistled wide and a Michael Carrick shot which briefly threatened Howard's goal.

David Moyes's side had created little more when Gosling, with almost his first touch, beat Patrice Evra to Steven Pienaar's cross to steer the hosts ahead. By the time Rodwell, another substitute and a player who features highly on Ferguson's wish list, stormed through United's ramshackle rearguard to add a third, United had already run out of ideas.

Source: Telegraph