Everton haven’t done the double over Manchester United since the 1979-80 season…
At half time on Sunday at Goodison Park they are well on their way to beating the Red Devils home and away for the first time in over 44 years, giving themselves a huge boost in their race for the top four in the process.
It was a nightmare first half for David Moyes’ Manchester United side — the former Everton manager was greeted with boo’s after returning to the club where he managed for over a decade until last summer — saw the Toffees go 2-0 up with a penalty kick from Leighton Baines and a tidy finish from Kevin Mirallas.
In the 28th minute Everon went ahead, as a rapid counter-attack saw Steven Naismith set up Romelu Lukaku who sent a curling shot towards the bottom corner that Phil Jones clearly handled, after slipping on the greasy Goodison surface. Baines stepped up to send David De Gea the wrong way, as the man Moyes tried to sign over the summer came back to haunt him.
United showed little promise in the first half, as Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa combined masterfully on a few occasions, but Everton’s exuberant defense often closed them down before any harm was done.
However just before the break another counter-attack saw Seamus Coleman play in Mirallas to rifle the ball into the far corner and put the Toffees 2-0 up at the break.
Can United launch a dramatic fight back or will the Toffees pile more misery on their former manager?
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.