Premier League - Moyes and United in disarray after home defeat to Everton

Premier League, Old Trafford - Manchester United 0 Everton 1 (Oviedo 86)

Bryan Oviedo secured a shock 1-0 victory for Everton against Manchester United in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

United dominated the first half with a deflected Wayne Rooney shot defeating Tim Howard, but rolling against the post. Ryan Giggs glanced a header wide, and there were chances for Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa, but United lacked a ruthless edge.

Romelu Lukaku had Everton’s best chance, blasting the ball at David De Gea’s near post, a shot well saved by the United keeper.

In the second half, Everton dominated possession, and they went close when Gerard Deulofeu was slipped in by Lukaku, only to shoot straight at De Gea.

Danny Welbeck then headed against the crossbar at a corner after Patrice Evra brought a great save from Howard. United had penalty appeals turned down after fouls on Adnan Januzaj and Nemanja Vidic.

Then, just five minutes from time, Lukaku sent a ball to the back post, and Oviedo soundly punished United’s miserable performance with his goal. David Moyes and Manchester United look to be in serious trouble.

[Beaten Moyes praises former club Everton]


9’ - MIRALLAS SHOT - The Belgian winger cuts in from the left, and his powerful shot from distance is tipped over by De Gea.

24’ - GIGGS HEADER - Rafael curls in a cross from the right, but Giggs glances his header at the near post just wide.

31’ - ROONEY SHOT - Rooney shoots just on the edge of the box, the deflection of Sylvain Distin wrongfoots Howard, but drifts against the post.

41’ - LUKAKU SHOT - Lukaku shifts onto his left foot, and wallops the ball at De Gea’s near post, but the keeper is down swiftly to save.

68’ - PENALTY APPEAL - Steven Pienaar blatantly trips Januzaj on the edge of the box, but the ref gives nothing.

69’ - DEULOFEU CHANCE - In down the right wing, he wastes his opportunity by shooting straight at De Gea.

72’ - CROSSBAR AND PENALTY APPEAL - Evra’s header is saved by Howard, Welbeck heads it against the crossbar, and then Vidic has a clear penalty not given by Martin Atkinson.

85’ - MIRALLAS HITS THE POST - Mirallas curls a free kick against the post, so close.

86’ - OVIEDO WINS IT - Lukaku spins on the right of the box, sending a pass to the back post for Oviedo to fire into the goal.


United are 12 points off the top of the table.

This is Everton’s first away victory in the league against Manchester United in 21 visits.

Everton are unbeaten in seven Premier League matches.


What is Manchester United’s biggest problem? Marouane Fellaini’s woeful displays, defensive weaknesses, apparent lack of fitness, the concession of late goals, Shinji Kagawa’s failure to adapt, the problems with other wide players and Wayne Rooney’s continued lack of technical ability are all problems for David Moyes. Not that he is necessarily capable of solving one or any of them.



Bryan Oviedo (Everton): In a game where nobody played particularly well, Oviedo’s tireless running and aggression was rewarded with the winner.


Man Utd: De Gea 6, Rafael 7, Evra 6, Smalling 6, Vidic 6, Giggs 6, Fellaini 5, Welbeck 5, Kagawa 6, Valencia 5, Rooney 5. Subs: Nani 6, Hernandez 5, Januzaj 6.

Everton: Howard 6, Coleman 6, Oviedo 7, Distin 6, Jagielka 6, McCarthy 6, Barry 6, Pienaar 6, Barkley 6, Mirallas 6, Lukaku 5. Subs: Deulofeu 6, Naismith 6, Osman 6.