Match report: Everton 1-0 Man Utd | Premier League | Saturday 9 April 2022


SECOND HALF – THE TOFFEES CLING ONWhen the sides returned to the pitch, the Toffees carried the energy of Gordon’s goal into the early minutes of the second half. 

Pogba was booked for a late challenge on Everton’s goalscorer, and every corner and throw-in won by Everton was cheered with near-demented passion. Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin fought for every second ball that came their way, much to the delight of Goodison Park.

But as the hour-mark approached, nerves began to re-emerge, and United began to gain a grip, with Pogba and Fernandes gaining a stranglehold on possession.

Ralf Rangnick sent on Juan Mata and Anthony Elanga to try and add a few different elements to United’s box of attacking tricks, but despite the neat play in Everton’s half, our struggle to create straightforward goalscoring chances endured.

Lampard’s men remained dangerous on the rare occasions they ventured forward, with Lindelof doing well to intercept Gordon’s attempted set-up for Iwobi. There was also a nervy moment when Gordon went down under a challenge from Telles inside the area, until referee Jon Moss waved play on.

Pogba tested Pickford from distance, but the Everton goalkeeper was as solid and confident as he had been all afternoon, doing well to hold on to the stinging low drive.

The pressure ramped right up in the final 10 minutes, but the ball just wouldn’t fall for United inside the area, despite several bits of good build-up work from Sancho and Telles in particular. It looked like a clear-cut chance would never appear, until, at last, it did. Maguire headed a cross into Ronaldo, just eight or 10 yards out, but his shot was superbly parried by Pickford’s reflexes. As the final minutes of added time ebbed away, the home crowd sensed it was to be their day, and they cheered and chanted their team over the line to a vital three points.

Goodison rose as one, to deafening applause, as the final whistle went. This result could mean Everton’s proud top-flight record endures, but for United, the frustrating inconsistency of recent months continues.



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