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Derby County 1-3 Man United | Match review

United see off Derby County in the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 victory.

In a much improved performance, United played some decent football, attacked and scored three goals, including a first half goal!

Captain Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a curled shot from outside the box. It came from a good move that came from Daley Blind playing a long ground pass into Martial, who knocked the ball into Rooney. Rooney looked up and from outside the box curled a shot across and around the keeper leaving him with no chance. It was a great finish that he will be happy with.

20 minutes later Derby found an equaliser with a goal from Thorne. Thorne exposed a gap left by Smalling and he controlled a ball over the top perfectly setting himself to tap it past David de Gea.

United regained the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from Daley Blind. Lingard had possession out on the right and played in a pacey cross across the ground and Blind was quickest to it arrowing the ball into the bottom right.

By this point Derby were looking tired and United took advantage of this when Martial made easy work of beating the Derby right back and pulling the ball back into the path of Mata who slotted the ball across the keeper and into the back of the net sealing the win for United.

Derby can take some pride from their performance as they did have a go at United for the majority of the game and created a few chances of their own.

The win sends United into the 5th round of the FA Cup. A tournament they haven’t won in 12 years. Could this be their year?

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Liverpool 0-1 Man United | Match report

Wayne Rooney strikes again scoring the only goal of the game to sink the Scousers!

It wasn’t all smiles and laughter for United as in the first half Liverpool dominated and made it difficult for them to play; limiting them to just one attempt at goal.

Liverpool, on the other hand, had many attempts but lacked the quality to finish.

Their best chance came in the 30th minute when some intricate one touch passing fell to Henderson. The Liverpool captain hit a shot from an angle but dragged his shot wide.

Liverpool also came close to taking the lead earlier in the game. In the 10th minute Firmino hit a first time shot after collecting a loose ball but his shot went just past the post. David de Gea looked to have it covered.

The second half started much the same with Liverpool coming out on the front foot.

Early in the second half, Emre Can and Kolo Toure both had shots at goal saved by in-form United keeper David de Gea.

Man United appeared to be sleeping; not challenging loose balls and allowing Liverpool to win the first ball on most occasions.

The introduction of Juan Mata in the 66th minute saw the dynamics of the game change and United began to see more of the ball and start playing forward.

And in the 77th minute, Juan Mata played in a left-footed cross from the left onto the head of Fellaini. The Belgian’s header bounced off the crossbar and fell to Wayne Rooney who shaped up and smashed a volley into the roof of the net to put United ahead.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner at Liverpool (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner at Liverpool (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

It would be fair to say that United didn’t deserve the win and it could be said that they were saved by the fact Liverpool were without a recognised striker on the pitch for the majority of the game.

Regardless, the win lifts United up into 5th in the league, 2 points behind 4th placed Spurs.

United move up to 5th after win at Liverpool (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
United move up to 5th after win at Liverpool (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

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Liverpool Team Sheet

22 Mignolet
02 Clyne
04 K Touré (Benteke – 81′)
17 Sakho
18 Moreno
14 Henderson
21 Lucas
23 Can
07 Milner (Caulker – 90′)
11 Firmino
20 Lallana (Ibe – 76′)

Substitutes

09 Benteke
19 Caulker
24 Allen
33 Ibe
44 Smith
52 Ward
53 J. Teixeira

Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young (Borthwick-Jackson – 42′)
12 Smalling Booked
17 Blind
36 Darmian
28 Schneiderlin
27 Fellaini
35 Lingard (Mata – 66′)
21 Herrera (Depay – 72′)
09 Martial
10 Rooney

Substitutes

07 Depay
08 Mata
20 Romero
30 Varela
33 McNair
43 Borthwick-Jackson
44 Pereira

Newcastle United 3-3 Man United | Match report

Newcastle and Man United share the points as six-goal thriller ends 3-3 at the Sports Direct Arena.

Most fans and pundits alike would have predicted this game to finish 0-0 but both teams showed great determination and fight to provide an entertaining goal feat.

It was Man United who drew first blood when Wayne Rooney put away a penalty in the 9th minute after Newcastle’s Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area by referee, Mike Dean.

United doubled their lead in the 38th minute with a goal from Jesse Lingard. Rooney found himself of the edge of the Newcastle box with no other United player around him. He held the ball up well, awaiting the run of Lingard behind him down the left. Rooney slipped the ball through to the youngster who slotted the ball through the keepers legs.

Newcastle fought back and a few minutes before half time managed to pull a goal back. Collocini played a looping ball over the top from deep, Mitrovic headed the ball down into Winjaldum’s path and he coolly volleyed the ball into the bottom right corner, giving de Gea no chance.

The Magpies came out fighting in the second half and in the 67th minute were awarded a penalty when Chris Smalling bundled Mitrovic to the ground. Mitrovic stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it home into the bottom right, sending de Gea the other way.

Now questions would be asked of Man United’s character and the questions were answered when in the 79th minute, Wayne Rooney scored a fantastic goal from outside the box. The move started with Memphis who ran at the Newcastle defence and cut in, bringing the ball onto his right foot. He found space to shoot but his shot was blocked and the loose ball rolled outside the box. Rooney was quickest to react hit a first time shot which curled up into the left hand corner.

But the drama didn’t stop there and Newcastle were not ready to give up. In the 90th minute, left back Dummett rifled home a long range left footed shot into the top corner to bring Newcastle level and prevent Man United from taking the three points.

Man United had chances earlier to see the game off. In the 56th minute, Martial played a square ball into the box from the right hand side finding Herrera on the penalty spot. Herrera, knowing Lingard was unmarked behind him, played the ball backwards. All Lingard had to do was beat the keeper but, instead he over hit his shot and put it over.

Fellaini also had a chance to seal the victory in the 84th minute. Memphis took the ball down the wing beating his defender. Gaining a yard he put in a perfectly hit and placed crossed right on Fellaini’s head in the 6 yard box, but the Belgian could not direct his header either side of the keeper.

The draw means that Man United again drop down to 6th in the league.

United slip to 6th after draw at Newcastle (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
United slip to 6th after draw at Newcastle (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

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Newcastle United Team Sheet

21 Elliot
22 Janmaat
18 Mbemba
02 Coloccini
03 Dummett
24 Tioté (Toney – 85′)
04 Colback (Gouffran – 81′)
07 Sissoko
05 Wijnaldum
17 Pérez (de Jong – 92′)
45 Mitrovic

Substitutes

10 de Jong
11 Gouffran
15 Lascelles
26 Darlow
31 Marveaux
36 Toney
42 Sterry

Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young
12 Smalling
17 Blind
36 Darmian
28 Schneiderlin
27 Fellaini
09 Martial
21 Herrera (Mata – 75′)
35 Lingard (Depay – 64′)
10 Rooney

Substitutes

07 Depay
08 Mata
20 Romero
33 McNair
43 Borthwick-Jackson
44 Pereira
47 Weir

Man United 1-0 Sheffield United | Match report

Man United scrape a narrow victory thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty against League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup third round.

Man United played hosts to Sheffield United who currently sit 9th in League one. Many would be forgiven for thinking that this game would be entertaining for the fans based on United’s last two performances where they looked to be finding their attacking threat once again. But it wasn’t to be. Instead, United appeared to have taken two steps back, returning to the dull, conserved, sideways football we had become so familiar with.

During the first half Man United only managed three attempts on goal with two of them coming from set pieces. They dominated the possession but posed no attacking threat and created very little in the way of chances. Even half chances. In fact, the players themselves looked extremely frustrated; almost like they weren’t sure what the game plan was. The fans could see this and they made their voices heard with groans and jeers echoing around the stadium – something that is becoming commonplace at Old Trafford.

The second half saw the introduction of Memphis and Lingard on the hour mark. This was Lingard’s first game since returning from injury.

Since their inclusion into the game, there were more attempts at goal, be it only 6, with one of them being the winning penalty.

The best chances came in the late stages of the game with the first falling to Anthony Martial in the 87th minute. A corner came in and a defensive header fell to the Frenchman on the edge of the six-yard box. He struck a left-footed half volley but Sheffield United defender, Brayford, reacted quickly to block the shot.

United boss Louis van Gaal cuts a frustrated figure as his side struggle against Sheffield United (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
United boss Louis van Gaal cuts a frustrated figure as his side struggle against Sheffield United (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Three minutes later, Memphis picked up the ball on the left wing and cut in onto his right foot. Once in a more central position, finding a yard of space, he hit a right-footed shot which narrowly missed the left hand post.

In the 93rd minute, Memphis again found himself running at the defenders and into the box but was taken down by a rash challenge by Sheffield United’s, Hammond. The defender came sliding in with his studs up and caught Memphis on the shin. A penalty was awarded. Wayne Rooney stepped up and buried the ball into the bottom left corner, sending the keeper the other way.

Louis van Gaal will certainly be breathing a sigh of relief as his job hangs by a thread. And a replay away from home is something else he will be pleased to avoid.

You have to feel sorry for Sheffield United who defended very well throughout the whole game.

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Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
36 Darmian
12 Smalling
17 Blind
43 Borthwick-Jackson
27 Fellaini (Pereira – 78′)
31 Schweinsteiger
08 Mata (Depay – 60′)
21 Herrera (Lingard – 60′)
09 Martial
10 Rooney

Substitutes

07 Depay
20 Romero
30 Varela
33 McNair
35 Lingard
44 Pereira
48 Keane

Sheffield United Team Sheet

25 Long
05 Brayford
34 Edgar
15 Collins
19 McEveley (Reed – 78′)
08 Coutts
35 Hammond
06 Basham
17 Woolford
18 Sammon (Done – 91′)
10 Sharp (Flynn – 64′)

Substitutes

01 Howard
07 Flynn
11 Baxter
14 Done
20 Campbell-Ryce
22 Reed
29 Adams

Man United 2-1 Swansea City | Match report

Man United secure their first win in seven Premier League games as they see off Swansea 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney earned the red devils the three points, easing pressure on boss, Louis van Gaal.

The first half ended 0-0 with Man United failing to play in the same manner they did against Chelsea. Jeers and groans were heard around the stadium as fans became disgruntled.

However, Man United came out in the second half showing much more intent and Anthony Martial opened the scoring in the 47th minute. Ashley Young whipped in a cross from the right, Wayne Rooney attempted and failed to head the ball but Martial was behind him to head the ball down and past Fabianski.

Martial heads past Swansea's Fabianksi to open the scoring (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Martial heads past Swansea’s Fabianksi to open the scoring (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

United gave a much improved performance in the second half but were unable to extend their lead. Instead Swansea managed to pull level thanks to a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 71st minute. Swansea sub, Barrow, made easy work of beating Matteo Darmian down the right and hit a cross into the box. The cross found Sigurdsson who looped a header over David de Gea and into the United goal.

Sigurdsson heads over David de Gea to bring Swansea level (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Sigurdsson heads over David de Gea to bring Swansea level (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

It didn’t take long for Man United to take the lead again. This time Rooney providing the goal. The play started with Anthony Martial who ran at the defenders, taking the ball to the byline. Beating the defenders he pulled the ball back across the goal finding Rooney who scored with a clever back-heel flick completely fooling Fabianski.

Rooney scores with clever flick to secure three points (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)
Rooney scores with clever flick to secure three points (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

Swansea reacted to going a goal down with the introduction of Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis. Both players added strength and pace to the Swansea attack.

The Swans almost equalised twice in injury time. In the 92nd minute, Paddy McNair failed to deal with a cross and the ball fell to Ashley Williams who turned the United defender and hit a shot at goal but David de Gea was able to save at full stretch.

In the 95th minute, Swansea were awarded a corner and Fabianski joned the attack. The ball was delivered and it was the Swansea keeper who got his head on it but he couldn’t get it on target much to the relief of the United goal keeper as he could only stand and watch the ball narrowly miss the post.

The win lifts Man United up to 5th in the table, two points behind Spurs who play their game-in-hand tomorrow, away at Everton.

Man United beat Swansea City to move up to 5th (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
Man United beat Swansea City to move up to 5th (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

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Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young (McNair – 78′)
04 Jones (Darmian – 45′)
12 Smalling
17 Blind
28 Schneiderlin
31 Schweinsteiger
08 Mata
21 Herrera (Carrick – 91′)
09 Martial
10 Rooney

Substitutes

07 Depay
16 Carrick
20 Romero
27 Fellaini
33 McNair
36 Darmian
44 Pereira

Swansea Team Sheet

01 Fabianski
22 Rangel
33 Fernandez
06 Williams
03 Taylor
24 Cork
07 Britton (Barrow – 62′)
04 Ki Sung-yueng
15 Routledge (Montero – 82′)
10 Ayew (Gomis – 82′)
23 Sigurdsson

Substitutes

02 Amat
13 Nordfeldt
18 Gomis
20 Montero
21 Grimes
26 Naughton
58 Barrow

Louis van Gaal is selfish and players are terrified

Louis van Gaal comes under fire again from another ex-Man United player.

In recent weeks Man United boss Louis van Gaal has come under fire from many critics including former Man United players. Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have all voiced their concerns on the current state of affairs at the club they once played for.

The latest Louis van Gaal-bashing comes from former Man United and England player Paul Parker. He had this to say:

When Louis van Gaal arrived at United, I thought he too would be flexible. But we now have a situation where there are a lot of discontented players and we have to question why they are playing badly.

I look at Anthony Martial and worry for him. He looks like a boy who doesn’t smile anymore. He doesn’t look like he’s enjoying himself. The form Memphis Depay is showing hasn’t just happened because he’s playing in the Premier League. That boy probably feels like a scapegoat.

Ander Herrera is hugely popular with the fans because he makes things happen. Everyone loves to see players like that, but he’s barely playing and is probably unsettled. These players need freedom.

Van Gaal puts the fear of God into players. It has to be his way. He selfishly manages the team. And no one enjoys it. He may be a successful manager, but he must learn – even at his age – to become a good man manager.

At the moment we have to say he’s not man managing that team. All those players he’s got are not bad players, and they’ve not played negative football all their lives. He’s being incredibly stubborn.

Under Van Gaal, every player who has had one bad game has been left out – except for Wayne Rooney.

He’s got to learn not to bear grudges. A player knows when they mistake, what they need is arm around them, not exclusion. What message is that sending out to the rest, other than: ‘that could be me’?

Criticisms aimed at Louis van Gaal are gathering pace and that can be dangerous to the club. If you hear something so much you start to believe it. The last thing Louis van Gaal needs is to lose the faith of his players.

What do you think of Paul Parker’s comments? Do you agree? Do you think players are afraid to express themselves the way they did with their former clubs? The way they did that attracted Louis van Gaal to them in the first place? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Wayne Rooney to Chinese Super League?

Chinese Super League, known as ‘CSL’ is interested in Manchester united Striker Wayne Rooney who still has over three years left on his contract at Old Trafford.

Chinese Super league is set to lure Wayne “Wazza” Rooney to the east and thereby his name would be added to the list of Other Premier league players who have moved east which includes Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, Tim Cahill and Momo Sissoko.

Manchester united captain Wayne Rooney has struggled to make an impact this season scoring just two goals in 11 PL appearances .Manchester united fans are continuously making demand to bench Wayne Rooney for some matches and this has given hopes to Chinese super League.

After signing a huge TV deal worth more than £830 million, Asian game has been flooded with cash. The Chinese govt. has been taking efforts to raise its sports profile. They are genuinely trying to give Chinese super league worldwide recognition and now they have set Wayne Rooney as their target.

In 2014, Rooney committed his future to Manchester United, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2019.That means he still has more than three years left on his Manchester United contract. It would be interesting to see Wayne’s reaction if Chinese Super League make an official bid this January.

Read full article here at the Sun’s official website.

So, what do you think of this rumour and what will be your reaction if this comes out to be true? Let us know in the comments below.

Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow | Match Report

Manchester United score first goal in 404 minutes with a header from Rooney to beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in match day 4 of the Champions League group stage.

Despite the victory, it will be mixed feelings for many Manchester United fans with the overall performance improved, but there was still little work for Akinfeev to do in the CSKA Moscow goal.

United controlled the game from the start and started at a much higher tempo than in recent games. More crosses were put in and more chances created.

The first fell to Wayne Rooney in the 4th minute. Marcos Rojo played a first time cross from the left which took a touch off Anthony Martial. The ball then bounced for Rooney who hit his volley just wide.

In the 9th and 10th minute Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard had a chance each to get on the score sheet but Rojo’s shot was closed down quickly by Akinfeev and Lingard’s strike sailed over the bar.

In the 16th minute Daley Blind spotted a Juan Mata run and hit a long ball over the top. Mata was able to beat his marker but a charging Akinfeev forced Mata to slide and poke the ball just wide of the bottom right post.

Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard both had chances again around the half hour mark. Lingard’s attempt again went high over the bar while Rojo was closer with his volley from an Ashley Young cross. But pulled the volley wide of the left post.

Manchester United started the second half well by pressing the CSKA Moscow defence.

Marcos Rojo popped up again, this time from a Rooney corner. The left-back got in front of his man but placed his header just wide of the back post.

A few minutes later Anthony Martial had a chance to put United ahead when he got his head on the end of a Rojo cross but his header was too close to Akinfeev.

Around the hour mark Manchester United began to ease off. The fans around the stadium voiced their disapproval with echoing chants of “We’re Man United, and we want some attack”, quickly followed by “Attack! Attack! Attack!”

The team responded to the chants and created a couple more chances. In the 71st minute, Jesse Lingard finished a winding run into the box with a short pass to Mata who then played the ball into Rooney’s feet but he was unable to position himself to get a shot off.

In the 75th minute, a CSKA defensive header looped up into the air. Just outside the box Michael Carrick watched it drop and hit a thunderous volley just wide.

A couple of minutes later United had a scare when Doumbia was put through on goal but David de Gea read the play and was out quick to block his shot. Doumbia then chased the loose ball just a couple of yards in front of him and hit another shot while de Gea was still down, but a sprinting Chris Smalling slid in and blocked the shot putting it out for a corner.

Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia's shot following a block from David de Gea
Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia’s shot following a block from David de Gea (Source: The Guardian)

If there was a time for Manchester United to score, it was now. And Wayne Rooney delivered with a headed goal from a Jesse Lingard volleyed cross in the 79th minute.

Two minutes later Lingard had another chance when Wayne Rooney played a defence boggling, reverse-flick through ball into the youngsters path. But Lingard’s lashing volley was saved by Akinfeev.

It was a much needed win for United. Both to boost their chances of progressing from the group stage and also to end the goal drought and avoid another 0-0 stalemate.

The victory puts Manchester United top of the group stage with two games left to play. One of which is at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Champions League Group B table

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Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Carrick
Schweinsteiger (Herrera – 89′)
Mata (Depay – 74′)
Rooney
Lingard
Martial (Fellaini – 66′)

Substitutes

Jones
Depay
Romero
Herrera
Fellaini
Darmian
Pereira

CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Akinfeev
Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski
Ignashevitch
Schennikov
Dzagoev (Panchenko – 85′)
Wernbloom
Tosic (Golovin – 75′)
Natcho (Doumbia – 55′)
Milanov
Musa

Substitutes

Chepchugov
Vasin
Panchenko
Nababkin
Golovin
Doumbia

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United | Match Report

Two points dropped in another frustrating game as Manchester United are held to another goalless draw.

As many expected, following Manchester United’s defeat in the Capital One cup, Crystal Palace were up for this match.

Palace began with pure intent, using their pace to get in behind the United defence.

During the opening 20 minutes the hosts had control of the game and were able to create some chances.

The first came in the very first minute when a mix-up between Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian allowed the ball to drop to Dwight Gayle. Gayle managed a shot but it was not good enough to beat David de Gea in the United goal.

On 10 minutes Palace had two quick chances. Yohan Cabaye chested the ball down on the edge of the box into the path of Yanick Bolasie. Bolasie rifled a shot toward goal from an angle but David de Gea reacted quickly to tip it onto the bar.

Seconds later, from a Yahan Cabaye corner, Scott Dann headed hard calling David de Gea into action once again. The Manchester United keeper turned Dann’s header over the bar.

After 20 minutes of keeping Crystal Palace at bay, United began to take control, enjoying some possession. It was during this period that the visitors managed their first and only shot on target in the first half. It was Wayne Rooney with a curling free kick in the 25th minute, but it was not enough to trouble Hennessey in the Palace goal.

Rooney came close again on the 32nd minute, but Anthony Martial’s pass was slightly over hit, allowing Hennessey to beat Rooney to ball.

Both teams then had a chance to take the lead in the final minutes of the first half. Yohan Cabaye played a ball forward with Dwight Gayle getting on the end of it and having a go at goal. However, similar to his first attempt it was not powerful enough to beat David de Gea.

Just before the whistle, Anthony Martial crossed the ball from the left onto the penalty spot picking out Ander Herrera. The ball appeared to come at him too quick as he couldn’t shape himself to hit the ball cleanly and ended up dragging his shot wide.

The majority of the second half was a physical battle of the midfield with lots of challenges going in and yellow cards being shown to both sets of players.

Crystal Palace wingers Wilfried Zaha and Yanick Bolasie caused United all sorts of problems with their pace and ability to beat players.

It was later in the second half that any real chances came for either team.

In the 72nd Minute, Ward hit a low cross into the United box with Yohan Cabaye the target. Only Cabaye was unable to connect, putting the ball wide of the post.

Three minutes later Crystal Palace had a trio of chances in the space of 20 seconds with the best chance falling to Scott Dann who once again rose the highest to get on the end of a corner but his header was fractionally over.

Manchester United weren’t ready to give up just yet as they searched for a winner. In the 81st minute, Wayne Rooney had a half chance with a shot from distance but it was always going over. And in the 89th minute Martial also had a volley blocked from close range.

It was Crystal Palace though who had the final attempt. In the 91st minute Bolasie got his head on the end of a corner but again the goal could not be found.

The home side will be disappointed not to have won that game but they would have still gone into the dressing room with the confidence thay they were the better team and had deserved three points.

Manchester United on the other hand will just be glad not to have lost after the defeat in midweek against Middlesbrough.

With 11 games now played, Manchester United remain in 4th. Arsenal and Manchester City increase their lead over United with victories over Norwich and Swansea.

Manchester United league position

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Crystal Palace Team Sheet

Hennessey
Kelly
Dann
Delaney
Ward
Cabaye (Jedinak – 80′)
McArthur
Zaha
Puncheon
Bolasie
Gayle

Substitutes

Speroni
Hangeland
Bamford
Lee Chung-yong
Jedinak
Sako
Ledley

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian (Young – 66′)
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 69′)
Mata (Lingard – 79′)
Herrera
Martial
Rooney

Substitutes

Carrick
Young
Romero
Fellaini
Lingard
Tuanzebe
Pereira

Everton 0-3 Manchester United | Match Report

Before the game started, many thought it would be a close encounter considering Manchester United’s record at Goodison Park in recent years. But it was not the case as United made sure that they put the result of their last game, against Arsenal, behind them with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Their first victory at Goodison Park since October 29, 2011.

Apart from two Manchester United goals the first half was fairly quiet. United looked comfortable but the game was very open with both teams seeing plenty of the ball.

The first of United’s goals came from Morgan Schneiderlin on 18 minutes. Chris Smalling, on the penalty spot following a corner, chested the ball down into the path of Schneiderlin toward the left side of the box. Schneiderlin then hit the ball first time with some power across a full stretch Tim Howard and into the bottom right corner.

The corner kick that led to the goal was won by an Ander Herrera shot from the edge of the area, which was tipped over the bar by Tim Howard.

Just four minutes later, Herrera popped up again to head home an early Marcos Rojo cross, for Manchester United’s second.

After the second goal Manchester United were beginning to see more possession, keeping control of the game. They probably should have gone three up after Wayne Rooney selflessly played the ball back across the box into Martial, who could only shoot at Tim Howard. Rooney had a great chance to shoot and probably should have, instead of playing in Martial.

Everton had one great chance to pull a goal back just before the break when Ross Barkley shot from a tight angle but was unable to beat David de Gea who punched the ball clear.

The second half begun with Everton putting some pressure on United with Lukaku proving to be a nuisance with his ability to hold the ball. But Phil Jones and Chris Smalling made sure that was all he did.

Lukaku did manage to get a shot off in the 54th minute, but David de Gea once again showcased his lightning-quick reactions by blocking the shot with his outstretched left foot.

Everton’s period of pressure came to an abrupt end on 61 minutes when Ander Herrera found Wayne Rooney with a perfectly weighted through ball. Rooney, one-on-one with Tim Howard, calmly struck the ball in at the near post with Howard going the other way. This was a much needed goal for Wayne.

Wayne Rooney had a chance to get his second 7 minutes later when his run from just past the half way line saw him only manage a tame shot which was easily saved by Tim Howard. However, there were claims that he was being pulled back.

Midway through the second half Everton looked as though they had switched off with several passes going wayward. But United were not able to capitalise on the mistakes.

On the 80th minute Everton were again close to scoring with a Barkley free kick going narrowly over the bar. This would surely have been only a consolation goal.

Throughout the game Chris Smalling proved to be a rock at the back once again with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo also putting in good shifts. Ander Herrera also showed why he should get more game time with his goal, assist and fantastic off the ball play, creating space for others.

As it stands, Manchester United now sit second with Arsenal playing their game in-hand this evening away at Watford.

Screenshot of current Premier League table showing Manchester United's position
Premier League Table (Source: BBC Football)

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Everton Team Sheet

Howard
Coleman
Stones
Jagielka
Galloway
McCarthy
Barry
Lennon (Deulofeu – 73′)
Barkley
Naismith (Koné – 45′)
Lukaku

Substitutes

Robles
Koné
Mirallas
Deulofeu
Osman
Funes Mori
Browning

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Darmian
Smalling
Jones
Rojo
Schneiderlin
Schweinsteiger (Carrick – 74′)
Mata (Lingard – 45′)
Herrera (Fellaini – 81′)
Rooney
Martial

Substitutes

Depay
Carrick
Blind
Fellaini
Lingard
Pereira
Johnstone