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Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Phil Neville delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, Oliveira Anderson manages to make a clearance. Phil Jagielka produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Leighton Baines delivers the ball, blocked by Michael Owen.
Magaye Gueye challenges Oliveira Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man Utd 1-0 Everton.Assist on the goal came from Antonio Valencia.
Foul by Jonathan Evans on Victor Anichebe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in. Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Short corner taken by Patrice Evra. Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, clearance made by Phil Jagielka. Booking for Tim Howard for time wasting.
Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. Wayne Rooney has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Tim Howard. Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, Tim Howard makes a save.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Antonio Valencia gets a block in.
Oliveira Anderson delivers a pass corner to short, clearance made by Jack Rodwell.
Darron Gibson leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Giggs. Magaye Gueye is brought on as a substitute for Seamus Coleman.
The ball is swung over by Fabio Da Silva, Michael Owen has an effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
Fabio Da Silva delivers the ball, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
Centre by Oliveira Anderson, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, blocked by Fabio Da Silva.
The ball is swung over by Oliveira Anderson, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Seamus Coleman.
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save. Corner crossed in by Leon Osman, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Leon Osman delivers the ball, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Oliveira Anderson goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Leon Osman. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.
Luis Nani leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Owen.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.
Javier Hernandez delivers the ball, blocked by Sylvain Distin. The ball is sent over by Javier Hernandez, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
Centre by Luis Nani, Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Short corner worked by Luis Nani, Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.
Antonio Valencia produces a cross, clearance made by Tony Hibbert. Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka. Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tony Hibbert.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Patrice Evra replaces John O'Shea. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand. Tim Cahill is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Oliveira Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Oliveira Anderson is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Seamus Coleman. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick. Seamus Coleman has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Tim Cahill, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, clearance by Seamus Coleman.
Darron Gibson challenges Jack Rodwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
Tim Cahill joins the action as a substitute, replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. (Everton) makes a substitution, with Victor Anichebe coming on for Jermaine Beckford.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Javier Hernandez crosses the ball.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Javier Hernandez.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov crosses the ball, blocked by Fabio Da Silva.
Luis Nani produces a cross, save by Tim Howard.
A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez, Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Corner taken by Oliveira Anderson, Centre by Darron Gibson, Jack Rodwell manages to make a clearance.
John O'Shea delivers the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, blocked by Phil Neville. Luis Nani delivers a pass corner to short, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, blocked by Seamus Coleman. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, save by Tim Howard. Darron Gibson produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from long distance by Darron Gibson goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Seamus Coleman. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, Tony Hibbert makes a clearance.
Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance. Foul by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on Fabio Da Silva, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Javier Hernandez, save by Tim Howard.
John O'Shea produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Leighton Baines gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Oliveira Anderson, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner to the near post, John O'Shea produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Leon Osman. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Wayne Rooney.
The ball is crossed by Seamus Coleman, Edwin Van der Sar manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Beckford fouled by Rio Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Rio Ferdinand concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Darron Gibson.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Seamus Coleman. Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, save by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Tony Hibbert results in a free kick. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
Centre by Antonio Valencia.
Seamus Coleman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov makes a clearance.
Fergie happy to have Chelsea in pursuit
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Chelsea's looming presence will help ensure Manchester United do not get complacent during the title run-in.
With Arsenal dropping points for the second time in four days, and blowing the chance to exert some pressure on the Premier League leaders, who themselves failed to win at Newcastle, Chelsea have emerged as the most likely threat to United's dream of landing a record 19th championship.
The Blues have collected 19 points from a possible 21 since the beginning of March, a run that started with their Stamford Bridge defeat of United that landed Ferguson with a five-game touchline ban.
As Chelsea still have to face the Red Devils at Old Trafford on May 8, Petr Cech is not alone in thinking the Londoners can haul back United's current six-point advantage to retain their crown.
Ferguson has far more faith in his troops than that.
And rather than fear Chelsea's late season surge, the Scot actually believes it will push his side over the finishing line.
"It is good to know someone is behind you," he said.
"You have to recognise who is there because we cannot become complacent.
"In that sense we use our experience of years past in situations like this. Hopefully it will get us where we want to go."
In theory, this game represents one of the easier fixtures of the season.
Historians need to trawl back to August 1992 for the last Everton win at Old Trafford, since when they have only managed three draws amid a dire sequence of 14 defeats.
It is 2005 since they last claimed a point, thanks to an early James McFadden goal.
However, after a difficult start to the season, David Moyes' side are top of the form table and even retain an outside chance of landing a Europa League spot, although that would depend on Manchester City finishing outside the top four.
Little wonder Moyes has repeatedly been linked with the United job in recent seasons. And Ferguson is a firm fan.
"It's amazing what David has done," said the Red Devils chief.
"He has had to cope with a mountain of injuries over the last few weeks but Everton have still churned out the results.
"Even last season when he was without Phil Jagielka he still got them motivated.
"What he did well two or three years ago was to use the money he had available to get all his younger players on long-term contracts.
"That created a consistency in his squad which is proving very beneficial now.
"He brings people in to freshen his team up and they are able to do a job."
Ferguson will check the fitness of leading scorer Dimitar Berbatov before deciding whether to include the Bulgarian in his plans.
Berbatov missed Tuesday's goalless draw at Newcastle with a minor groin strain.
Paul Scholes serves the second game of a three-match ban and Darren Fletcher (virus) is still out but full-back Rafael (hamstring) returns.
Meanwhile, Moyes believes Leighton Baines has the potential to dethrone Ashley Cole as England's first-choice left-back.
Moyes has no doubt Chelsea defender Cole is a worthy number one but has been hugely impressed by the progress of Toffees star Baines this season.
The 26-year-old, signed from Wigan four years ago, has taken his game to another level since narrowly missing out on a place in England's World Cup squad last summer.
Moyes said: "I have said many times I think Ashley Cole is the best left-back in England but I think Leighton Baines is just a tad behind him.
"He needs to keep pushing very hard and improving, he needs to keep continuing his work and get better.
"You can see that Ashley Cole over the years has kept going but I think Leighton Baines has been the 'big mover'. He has done really well.
"I think he is getting closer to Ashley but in my personal opinion I think Ashley Cole is probably still England's best left-back."
Everton hope to welcome key pair Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill back.
Playmaker Arteta has missed four games with a hamstring injury while midfielder has been troubled by a foot problem for a month.
Moyes said: "It is not just this game - if we can get them back for Wigan, West Brom, Manchester City and Chelsea in the next four games it would be great.
"Just getting them back around the squad is important."
Hernandez the hero for United
Javier Hernandez headed home an 84th-minute winner against Everton to send Manchester United to the brink of a record 19th league title.
The Mexican had come closer than any other United player to breaking the stubborn resistance of an Everton side who could have had a couple of penalties and for whom goalkeeper Tim Howard was outstanding.
But additional heroic performances from Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin counted for nothing as Hernandez rose to meet Antonio Valencia's far-post cross.
The striker powered in his 19th goal of a sensational debut campaign to send United into the Champions League semi-final with Schalke in winning mood and knowing if they can avoid defeat to Arsenal and Chelsea in their next two league games, they will surely knock Liverpool off the perch they have occupied for so long.
Faced with a familiar selection poser, knowing the following four games, starting with the first leg of that Champions League semi-final against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday, would shape his side's season, Sir Alex Ferguson came up with a typical mixture of solid and experimental.
Jonny Evans was fortunate referee Peter Walton did not view his tackle on Jermaine Beckford as a foul midway through the opening period and Darron Gibson's normally reliable long-range shooting was way off beam.
However, back in the dug-out after completing his five-match touchline ban, Ferguson could be reasonably pleased with his side's first-half efforts, save for the fact they did not actually score.
The time when picking Hernandez was viewed as a gamble has long since passed and predictably, the fast-moving Mexican was the hosts' biggest threat.
In Howard though, Hernandez was faced with a goalkeeper who has special reason to do well at this venue given he enjoyed three seasons with the Red Devils until joining the Goodison Park outfit, initially on loan, in 2006.
Ferguson's concern about the American had more to do with his concentration levels than any problems with ability.
And Howard proved his worth after 25 minutes when Hernandez was sent sprinting through by Anderson's slide-rule pass and let fly from an acute angle.
Howard plunged to his right to make an excellent save by his near post.
The American's next effort was even better as he beat away another Hernandez effort after the striker had been set up by Valencia and Wayne Rooney.
Hernandez then did Howard's job for him eight minutes from half-time.
Valencia's superior strength allowed him to shove Leighton Baines off the ball and roll a pass back to Nani, who had already wasted one early opportunity by taking too long to decide what to do.
This time, Nani went for goal straight away. He would surely have found it too had the ball not struck Hernandez, who had slipped as he made his way in the penalty area, and deflected harmlessly away.
There could barely be any discussion about who was on top.
Everton manager David Moyes could take pride in his team's battling qualities, which were exemplified by the stoic defending of Jagielka and Distin, who managed to get in the way of an Hernandez cross that was about to give Fabio a tap-in.
Moyes had even more reason to admire the manner his side started the second period as United failed to rouse themselves.
The introduction of Tim Cahill helped and how Rio Ferdinand got away with shoving second substitute Victor Anichebe over when the Everton man had outpaced him in a race towards the United goal was difficult to fathom.
Everton's luck was also out midway through the half when Jack Rodwell let fly from the edge of the area with a shot that took a deflection off Evans and was heading for the bottom corner until Edwin van der Sar got the slightest touch.
The fluidity had disappeared from United's play, so they dug into their reserves of self-belief.
Distin turned a Fabio cross onto his own post before the introduction of Ryan Giggs, then Anderson got no power at all into a 10-yard shot after being offered a decent sight of goal.
The hosts' momentum gathered pace. Rooney's free-kick tipped over by Howard. Valencia's thunderbolt cannoning into Jagielka. Another brilliant Howard save to deny Hernandez.
And Everton, like so many others before them, failed to hold out as Hernandez pounced for the winner.
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