Manchester United 2-1 Everton - Falcao opens account with winning goal

Manchester United 2 - 1 Everton

  • 27" Ángel Di María
  • 55" Steven Naismith
  • 62" Falcao

Ref: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 75,294

Old Trafford

Manchester United claimed another win today, this time beating Everton at Old Trafford in a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Manchester United's time under Louis van Gaal has been difficult so far, but after beating Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford today, the Red Devils moved up to fourth place in the Premier League.

Van Gaal tasted victory last weekend with a 2-1 win over West Ham, and today's game was equally nervy as Roberto Martinez's Toffees ran United all the way to the final whistle.

United took the lead in the first half when Juan Mata laid the ball back to Angel Di Maria, who swept the ball past Tim Howard from the edge of the box to score his third goal since joining from Real Madrid.

But Martinez's Everton wouldn't lie down, and missed a penalty when Luke Shaw tripped Tony Hibbert inside the box, with Leighton Baines failing to beat David De Gea in the United goal from 12 yards.

Baines did have a hand in the equaliser though, crossing the ball to the back post, where Steven Naismith nodded past de Gea to draw Everton level.

However, United claimed all three points when Radamel Falcao grabbed his first goal in a Manchester United shirt, turning home Di Maria's goalbound shot from just inside the box.

United needed three world class saves from De Gea in the final minutes to stay in front, with the Spanish international keeping a number of Everton players at bay to hand United all three points.

Statistics

Manchester United

Everton

Possession

48.7%
51.3%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Manchester United

  • David de Gea
  • Patrick McNair
  • Rafael
  • Marcos Rojo
  • Luke Shaw
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Juan Mata
  • Ángel Di María
  • Daley Blind
  • Robin van Persie
  • Falcao

Substitutes

  • Adnan Januzaj
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Tom Thorpe
  • Tyler Blackett
  • James Wilson

Everton

  • Tim Howard
  • John Stones
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Tony Hibbert
  • Leighton Baines
  • Gareth Barry
  • Steven Pienaar
  • Aiden McGeady
  • Steven Naismith
  • Muhamed Besic
  • Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes

  • Tyias Browning
  • Leon Osman
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • Darron Gibson
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Bryan Oviedo
  • Joel Robles

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