Everton 3 Manchester U 0
Everton 3 Manchester United 0, Goodison Park, English Premier League, April 26, 2015. Despite dominating possession for the better part of the match, Louis van Gaal´s boys succumbed to a 3-0 Premier League defeat against Everton. James McCarthy and John Stones scored one goal each in the first half before Kevin Mirallas added a third after the break.
Third positioned Manchester United came into this Sunday encounter on the back of an evenly contested 1-0 defeat against Premier League table toppers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Twelfth placed Everton, on the other hand, had overcome relegation threatened Burnley by 1-0 at Goodison Park in their previous Premiership game courtesy of a first half goal from Belgium international winger Kevin Mirallas. In the corresponding meeting of the 2014-15 campaign, The Reds had narrowly edged out The Evertonians by 2-1 at their Old Trafford base, with new boys Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao scoring for the home team, and Steven Naismith finding the back of the net for the blue shirts. As for injury problems, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had to cope without the playing services of defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Rafael da Silva, and midfield veteran Michael Carrick, whereas Everton gaffer Roberto Benitez was missing versatile defender Bryan Oviedo, midfielder Darron Gibson, and wingers Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar.
The Merseysiders got themselves into an early lead through Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy who netted with a cool finish after a mere five minutes of action, and the hosts produced the second goal of the clash when ex-Barnsley defender John Stones headed home a well-delivered corner-kick from Leighton Baines some ten minutes before the sound of the half-time whistle. Then, against the flow of play, Mirallas latched onto a long ball by Three Lions midfielder Ross Barkley and finished off past Manchester United shot stopper David de Gea to score the final goal of the afternoon with sixteen minutes remaining of the fixture. After suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park, Manchester United were now down to fourth place in the Premier League table with 65 points collected from 34 matches. Roman Abramovich´s Chelsea were topping the standings with 77 points won from 33 appearances and were as much as ten points in front of second positioned Manchester City and Arsenal in third spot. Louis van Gaal: “We have always had more fighting spirit on the pitch, and I think that this is the first match which the other team have shown more of that than us.” Everton Team: Timothy Howard, John Stones, Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon, Romelu Lukaku, James McCarthy, Leon Osman. Substitutes: Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt, Muhamed Besic, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Arouna Kone, Joel Robles. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Paddy McNair, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Ashley Young. Substitutes: Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Tyler Blackett, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Robin van Persie, Victor Valdes.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United beat Everton 1-0 at Old Trafford the Premier League on the 23rd of April 2011. United came close on several occasions in the first half and were unlucky not to have scored before the break. After the restart, Sir Alex Ferguson´s title chasers remained dangerous and had their winning goal when Javier Hernandez headed home a cross by Antonio Valencia with six minutes left of the tie.