Everton 0 Manchester U 1

Javier Hernandez

Ever­ton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Good­ison Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Oct­ober 29, 2011. Man­chester Uni­ted gain­ed all three points in the lunch time fix­ture ag­ainst Ever­ton thro­ugh an early goal by Chi­charito. The Tof­fees came more in­to the mat­ch as Uni­ted de­fen­ded ever deep­er but failed to level the score wi­th the ga­me end­ing 1-0 in fa­vour of the visitors.

Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men had suc­cumbed to a heavy 6-1 de­feat at the hands of neigh­bouring Man­chester City at Old Traf­ford in their pre­vi­ous Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture. The East­lands club had knock­ed out Uni­ted in the FA Cup Semi Fi­nals of the 2010-11 the sea­son, but no-one could have ima­gined that The Sky Blues would bury The Reds in an ava­lanche of goals. The Mer­sey­siders, for their part, had com­fort­ably de­feated Mar­tin Jol´s re­leg­a­tion strug­gling Ful­ham si­de by 3-1 at Craven Cot­tage in their last Pre­miership en­counter. But in a closely con­tested mat­ch at Good­ison Park, Man­chester Uni­ted went in­to an early lead in the 19th min­ute of the fir­st ha­lf when a good cross ball from Pat­rice Ev­ra was con­ver­ted in­to the back of the net by Javi­er Her­nandez from just two yards out. The Ever­ton play­ers pressed hard for an equal­ising goal and the blue shirts came clo­se to level the score as a well-taken free-kick from full back Leigh­ton Baines smash­ed ag­ainst the cross­bar shortly be­fore the ha­lf time sig­nal. Then, el­ev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond frame, Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tion­al Tom Clev­er­ley was re­placed by Por­tuguese flank­man Lu­is Nani wi­th what ap­peared to be an in­jury to the midfielder´s knee. On­ly a few min­utes la­ter, Dan­ny Wel­beck could have made it 2-0 to Man­chester Uni­ted, but his strike from clo­se ran­ge was bril­liantly saved by Tim How­ard in the Ever­ton goal. Mid­way thro­ugh the sec­ond pe­riod, Sir Al­ex ev­entually de­cided to make two more sub­sti­tu­tions wi­th goal scor­er Chi­charito ma­king way for Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov in the 66th min­ute, and Dan­ny Wel­beck be­ing re­placed by An­tonio Va­lencia sev­en min­utes la­ter. Des­pite win­ning away to The Tof­fees, Man­chester Uni­ted re­mained five points be­hind Rob­erto Mancini´s ta­ble top­ping Man­chester City, who de­feated Wolver­hampton Wan­derers by 3-1 at the Eti­had Sta­dium. Ever­ton Te­am: Tim How­ard, To­ny Hi­b­bert, Phil Ja­gielka, Johnny Heitinga, Leigh­ton Baines, Seamus Cole­man, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Le­on Os­man, Louis Saha, Jack Rod­well, Din­i­yar Bilyaletdinov. Sub­stitutes: Shkodran Mustafi, Ross Barkley, Magaye Gueye, Ja­mes Mc­Fad­den, De­nis Strac­qua­lursi, Aposto­los Vel­lios, Jan Mucha. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid De Gea, Phil Jones, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Jon­athan Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Ji-Sung Park, Tom Clev­er­ley, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: Rio Fer­dinand, Fa­bio da Silva, An­tonio Va­lencia, Lu­is Nani, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Mi­chael Owen, An­ders Lindegaard.


Javier Hernandez Quickfacts

Chi­charito sco­red 12 goals in 36 ga­mes for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 2011-12 season.


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