United have returned to winning ways tonight with an easy win over Everton by three goals to nil. United are back on the shoulders of Chelsea after glorious strikes from midfielders Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia.
United dominated the first half with many chances but only one of these chances were taken. The first one of the night was in the fifth teen minute when Ryan Giggs’ tamed shot curled towards the bottom corner only for ex red Tim Howard stopping it just before the line. In the first half the toffees only had one shot which Van Der Sar needed to intercept. Thirty four minutes in, Patrice Evra crossed a ball in to the box which was headed down by Valencia only for a stunning volley just inside the area by Darren Fletcher which flu into the top hand corner of the goal.
Everton started the second half better than the first as Moyles’ introduced on Yacubu for youngster Dan Gosling so Louis Saha had some extra support. United, who started the second half with real menus, where awarded a second goal just past the hour mark. Wayne Rooney, who put his shot well wide, gave the ball to Giggs. Once he had the ball, Giggs drilled it to unmarked Micheal Carrick who passed the ball from nineteen yards into the goal. As United lead by two goals, Everton looked to get a consolation goal but fifteen till the end summer signing Antonio Valencia finished them off.
The reds third goal was caused by an excellent build up by Paul Scholes. Scholes, who laid a ball into Valencia’s path, gave the Ecuadorian his four goal for his new club. Upon receiving the ball, Valencia fired a low powerful shot towards the Everton goal which deflected off Baines into the far left corner of the goal.
Once the reds had three goal lead, Sir Alex was able to give Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson some minutes on the clock as replacements for Rooney and Carrick. Van der Sar’s clean sheet was threatened in the final minutes when Jack Rodwell forced him to make late save to deny him a goal.
Although United won the game, the red devils could have put away more goals if their finishing was better. Ferguson’s men deserved the win and despite various injuries at the back United’s defence looked one of their strongest position. This win takes united within five points of Chelsea at the top of the table.
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