Manchester United vs. Everton: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Live Premier League commentary
Ryan Giggs (MNU) 13', Robin van Persie, (MNU) 45'.
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Evans (Smalling), Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Jones (Carrick), Giggs, Rooney, van Persie.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe (Jelavic).
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Full time from Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 (Giggs, van Persie)
Full time at Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 Everton 0
United go 12 points clear with a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton. After van Persie missed a very presentable chance early on it was left to Ryan Giggs to sidefoot home the opening goal, and moments before the break van Persie rediscovered his scoring touch to make it 2-0.
Everton would have expected more from themselves after the break but they were inert, unambitious and uninspiring in the final third.
United saw out the game at a stroll in truth, and the Premier League title looks very much to be on its way back to Old Trafford now.
90+2'—It's not happening for Everton, and David Moyes will continue his long run of failing to win at Old Trafford as Everton manager. Into the final 60 seconds.
90'—Nope. Phil Neville handballs again and this time it is given.
Three minutes of added time to be played
89'—Sky Sports have nominated Manchester United's Rafael as man of the match for some sterling defensive work, especially in the first half. Baines and Pienaar have been kept very quiet all game.
From a Baines free kick now Rooney has to head behind his own goal for a late Everton corner. Any drama to come?
86'—Rooney and Giggs try to keep the ball near the Everton corner flag but it hits Phil Neville's hand. No foul says the ref and Everton break...but United stand firm. Could have been a controversial moment if the ball into the area ha been better for Everton.
85'—A frustrated Fellaini is shown his eighth yellow card of the season for a cynical foul near the corner flag as he desperately tries to keep the ball near the United goal.
84'—Final five or six minutes of normal time and it looks like job done for United, they'll be going 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table tonight.
81'—de Gea finally called into a meaningful save. Smalling, immediately after coming on, makes a mistake to lose the ball and Jelavic drills in a slow shot which the keeper has to get down to parry away.
80'—Good chance to wrap it up for United. van Persie passes over his head for Giggs to run onto, the Welshman returns the pass on the edge of the area for a first-time shot—but the Dutch striker angles his effort wide.
United sub: Smalling on for Evans
79'—Baines runs down the left again and this time gets into the box before trying to cross low, but Vidic and Evans between them make a block and complete the clearance.
76'—Osman tries to provide a spark for his team by turning Evra sharply in the box, but with a lack of options in the centre to pass to he opts for a chip over de Gea, which the keeper takes in the air. Better from the Toffees though.
74'—United passing the ball constantly and without any pressure at all. They're happy to have the ball at the back and bide their time; every second that passes takes them closer to a big victory. Everton showing little to suggest they can mount a comeback.
72'—That might be Everton's first shot on target this half, but it's offside. A pass from deep releases Jelavic behind Vidic, but the flag is up early. Wrongly as well, as it happens. de Gea saved the shot anyway.
71'—Into the final 20 minutes at Old Trafford and if Everton have any lingering designs on taking something from this game then they really need to get a move on and start playing. They've been poor in this second half and it's comfortable for United.
Everton sub: Mirallas off, Naismith on
68'—Baines gets away down the left for the first time in the game but his pull-back is just too weak, and Carrick gets there to clear before Osman can reach it to shoot. Bit of a chance missed there.
66'—GREAT SAVE! The next corner is cleared to the edge of the box and Cleverley meets it with a thumping volley, forcing Howard into a great dive to tip the ball over the bar. Good hit, fine stop.
65'—van Persie's corner from the right is swung over to the near post and reaches Evans after a touch on—but Howard makes two good blocks to deny the defender.
63'—Valencia turns Baines rather easily to deliver a cross which Heitinga heads away, but United are keeping Everton penned in at times. The game has no particular great tempo to it, which is aiding the home team in frustrating the Toffees.
61'—Fellaini barges Evans around in the penalty area as he tries to get on the end of a cross from deep, and though no foul is given the Belgian can only divert the ball out of play for a goal kick.
59'—United exerting more control over proceedings again now, with Giggs and Rooney in particular pulling the strings. Everton forced to fall back deeper into their own half.
57'—United think they've played Giggs in on goal but the referee pulls play back—the ball was still rolling as the Red Devils took a quick free kick. Everton can regroup and get numbers back.
Rooney trips Neville in the Everton penalty area to concede a free kick and is none too happy to hear the whistle.
56'—Anichebe has gone down holding his calf muscle for Everton so the ball is kicked out of play. Might be his last involvement; Jelavic is coming on momentarily.
United sub: Carrick on for Jones
Everton sub: Anichebe replaced by Jelavic
54'—Giggs closes down both defender and goalkeeper and ends up winning a throw-in for his team. Nikica Jelavic is sent to warm up for Everton.
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