The one positive Moyes can take from Everton defeat - The goalscorer?

Baines Penalty

Could Bryan Oviedo's good form give David Moyes a better chance of bringing Leighton Baines to Manchester United?

Last night Roberto Martinez got one over on his predecessor, as Everton defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The 1-0 win flew directly in the face of David Moyes’ decision to leave Liverpool for Manchester - and the Toffee fans let him know it before the game.

When he left he received a standing ovation. But the fans anger stems mainly from his actions since becoming United boss - in particular the half-successful attempt to take away two of the clubs better players.

The fact he took Marouane Fellaini was taken as a blessing in disguise by some Everton fans, as it has now seen Ross Barkley and James McCarthy have an impact on the first-team, but losing Leighton Baines was simply not an option.

But now Baines might actually have a little bit of competition, which might make the defeat a less bitter pill for Moyes come the end of January.

Before Baines broke his foot in the Merseyside derby Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo was not even in the match-day squad for Everton. Now the former Copenhagen player has two goals in his last two games.

With Oviedo proving that he can cut it at this level, after taking his chance with both hands, Everton might finally begin to budge on the potential exit of Baines.

No Everton fan would want to see Baines go - but everyone has their price and Baines turns 29 in less than a week. Anything over £25 million for the left-back would be very difficult to reject - especially if United threw an Alex Buttner shaped sweetener in for good measure.

The fact is that before he broke his foot Everton would surely not have sold him, but now there must be a part of Roberto Martinez that might consider Oviedo up to the job of at least replacing him for the rest of this season - that might be all the convincing the Everton board need to make a business decision on the matter - and sell another star player.

So while the immediate sting will be sore for Moyes, the fact it was Oviedo who once again put the ball in the back of the net might just help him finally get his man in Leighton Baines.

We will just have to wait and see.

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