Sunday, 26 April 2015

Everton FC 3 Manchester United 0: 30-second verdict


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Manchester United slump to a heavy defeat to Everton at Goodison Park to stay fourth in the Premier League table

Everton's James McCarthy celebrates after opening the scoring against Manchester United at Goodison Park
Everton's James McCarthy celebrates after opening the scoring against Manchester United at Goodison Park. Photo by James Maloney
Analysis

United were decent, far from great and clinically done on the counter. The Reds enjoyed plenty of possession, created a number of chances and David de Gea was rarely tested. Yet Wayne Rooney struggled up front, the pace from defence to attack was lacking and you could pick faults with all three goals they conceded. Ultimately they could have no complaints.

Key moment

Marouane Fellaini blazed a very good chance to equalise over the bar shortly after James McCarthy's opener. A United goal that early could have changed the momentum of the game.

Good day


It's pretty difficult to pick one when you lose 3-0. Because he could not share too much of the blame for the defensive weakness, linked well with Luke Shaw and worked hard down the left to try and get a goal back, Ashley Young just about shades it on a day when United had little to shout about.


Bad day

He's been a symbol of United's resurgence in 2015 but this was a Goodison return to forget for Marouane Fellaini. Nothing went for him despite seeing plenty of the ball, he was booked very early on and hooked at half-time.


Bigger picture

Defeat means United end the weekend in fourth, behind Arsenal and City. They still have four games to try and improve on that. Liverpool sit seven points behind fifth, although they do have a game in hand.
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