Saturday, October 29, 2011

Manchester United Vs. Everton, 2011 Oct 29

Manchester United edged out a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, temporarily closing the gap on league leaders Manchester City thanks to a first-half goal by Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (hint to defenders: Don't leave Chicharito unmarked! You're welcome!). With the hosts on the back foot, United could have done far more to secure a win, but inexplicably took their foot off the gas and let the Toffees get back into the match.

David de Gea was pretty good (a save against Jack Rodwell stood out), but had a free kick from Leighton Baines been a little bit lower Everton would have come away with a draw. Instead, the left back's effort rattled the crossbar, and Everton's best chance had gone. They still had the entire second half with which to get a point, and ended up outshooting United 17-8. But they couldn't break through even with six minutes of stoppage time, thanks mostly to the heroics of de Gea. As far as United are concerned, unimpressive wins are still wins, and they're keeping pressure on City.

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