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Everton vs. Manchester United: Second Half Changes Everton Must Make

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Jack Rodwell of Everton celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on October 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 29, 2011

Manchester United have a one-goal lead and Everton need to make a few big changes to reverse their fortunes.

With the second half underway there are many decisions David Moyes must make to try to breathe life into the Everton offense.

Here are three keys to a second-half turnaround.

 

Ross Barkley

At some point in this half Ross Barkley should come on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Barkley has a lot of ferocity and is very willing to take on defenders. Leighton Baines and Barkley will be able to play off of each other on the left wing; this will only strengthen that side of the pitch.

Barkley also brings in new ideas. Bilyaletdinov seems a bit stale during the match. A switch will help bring more forward momentum from the position.

Ross Barkley also adds a pair of fresh legs off the bench. When he comes on he will be able to get involved quickly and take on a good bit of the offensive workload.

 

Capitalize on Set Pieces

In the first half, Leighton Baines had a free kick go off of the cross bar and out. It was Everton’s best chance at an equalizer during the first half.

With Leighton’s magical left foot, Everton need to make the most out of the opportunities that they can use it.

Everton also has one of the best aerial threats in the league in the form of their tall Belgian Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini needs to make good runs on set plays to find himself threatening the keeper and heading the ball to either have someone get on the end of it or with enough pace to beat the goalie.

 

Give Jack Rodwell the Go

Jack Rodwell has proven that he can score timely goals—something that is needed in this match-up.

The young Evertonian needs to get the "go" sign to get up into the attack. He has become a very mature player and needs to use his ability to make strong forward runs count in this match-up.

His size and strength will put to the center backs of Manchester United off-balance, allowing Rodwell to find himself in match-ups that weigh heavily in his favor. 

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