Monday 20 November 2017

Everton end 21-year wait for Old Trafford win to pile pressure on Moyes

Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates after Bryan Oviedo scored his team's winner
Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates after Bryan Oviedo scored his team's winner

Simon Stone

Bryan Oviedo piled the pressure on David Moyes by slamming home an 85th-minute winner to end Everton's 21-year Old Trafford hoodoo.

Not since 1992 had the Toffeemen beaten Manchester United away from home.

For 11 of those years, Moyes had been the man trying.

Tonight, with Sir Alex Ferguson watching on, Moyes' Everton successor Roberto Martinez managed it at the first attempt.

Oviedo, signed by Moyes last year, arrived with perfect timing at the far post to condemn United to their fourth defeat of the season, which leaves them 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal and five off the Champions League places.

And United could not say Everton did not deserve their success, for the visitors played with a confidence and verve their hosts could not match.

Wayne Rooney struck a post and came close to netting a rebound before half-time. Former United keeper Tim Howard did brilliantly to repel a Patrice Evra header before Danny Welbeck headed the rebound against the bar after it.

But this Red Devils outfit are a shadow of their former selves and chants of "sacked in the morning" from the gleeful Evertonians, who had waited 21 long years for this success, merely twisted the knife still further.

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