Game: Manchester United Vs Everton
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition : League Match
Hi everyone, hope we all had a great week? Football wise it was something else. A draw at St. James’ Park against Newcastle for Man Utd, Arsenal dropping points from a winning position against Spurs. As if my draw wasn’t enough now I’ve got Chelsea breathing down my neck. I was comfy with Arsenal chasing United all along but now Chelsea? Fear dey grip me o.
Back to the matter at hand, Everton. Everton is one of the teams I dread playing against in the EPL. They are a dogged side that can cause problems if you let them. However history is on our side as United have not lost a game to them at Old Trafford in 19 years. The Toffees are a wonderful side with players I won’t mind having in my team. The likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Jack Rodwell, Phil Jaglieka and even Leighton Baines (a defender with 11 assists in the league this season). Yesterday 3 points were at stake and it would do our title hopes a world of good if we win this match. I didn’t place any bets this time(lesson learnt). Going into the game United had dropped only 2 points at home all season, it was against Westbrom back in October. I was hoping it would stay this way after 90 minutes. I do not fancy early kickoffs but then again we might as well get it over with. This match makes it 5 games in 15 days for United. It’s a hectic schedule and the FA needs to look into it.
Even though Yesterday’s game was important I expected Sir Alex to rest some key players because of the champions league game with Schalke FC on Tuesday night. I was right as Vidic, Giggs and Evra didn’t make the 1st XI. Our starting line had Van Der Saar, O’shea, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Anderson, Nani, Rooney and Chicharito. Everton fielded a strong side with most of their regulars accounted for. Tim Cahill started on the bench, while Arteta and Felliani were absent due to injuries. Going into this game Man Utd had scored 99 goals in all competitions this season.
The 1st half started with United dominating possession. We had a flurry of chances in the early moments but failed to break the deadlock. Nani and Chicharito came close a couple of times but Tim Howard in goal for the Toffees was equal to the task. Rooney was his usual self; controlling the game with his sublime touches and superb passes. Everton had a penalty claim in the 36th minute but the ref was having none of it and rightly so if I might add. The 1st half ended goalless and I was far from pleased by this scoreline. I could only hope for a better 2nd half.
The 2nd half started with both teams asking questions of each other. The game got livelier and I got nervous as time wore on. Seeing as United wasn’t making any headway Fergie sent in Evra, Owen and Giggs for O’shea, Gibson and Nani respectively. The 3 players had instant impacts on the game with Giggs and Evra forming a tag team of some sort, double teaming the aging Hibbert. Time was ticking away and it looked like we would settle for another draw. Then the moment came where you can’t help but admire United’s never say die attitude. The Everton defence was caught napping and allowed Valencia create Chicharito’s 19th goal of the season (12th in the league). The young mexican has been fantastic so far. His positioning is outstanding; notice how he makes goal scoring look easy. The goal came in the 84th minute of regular play. Everton tried to get back in it but United were determined to keep a clean sheet. Chicharito’s goal made it a century of goals for United in all competitions this season.
This was Man Utd’s 16th win in 17 home games and their 13th consecutive victory at home. My man of the match was Anderson for an awesome display. Special mentions to Tim Howard and Jack Rodwell of Everton. Van Der Saar and Wayne Rooney were also in fine form for United. We have four games left in the league but victories over Arsenal and Chelsea in our next two leagues will see us win our 19th league title. I’ll admit it’s no walk in the park, but remember we’re United we fight till the end.
Glory Glory ManUtd as the reds go marching on!
Thanks for your time as always. Happy Easter to you all. See you all on Tuesday. Bless.
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