Falcao wins the game but United are saved by David De Gea
A major problem for United last season was getting results against the bigger sides in the division. On Sunday United started to repair the damage of last season by beating an Everton side that beat them twice last season. A game that showed that United are starting to bare the fruits of the philosophy of Louis van Gaal. The team is really starting to play the way he wants them to and the most important thing the boss has wanted since day one….. United are starting to play as a proper team. In another game we have seen a performance of passion and fight and a real togetherness within the team which was something lost last season but now Louis van Gaal has got a real team spirit in the dressing room which is proving key to Utd grinding out results like the Utd teams of Sir Alex Ferguson.
United started the game quickly just like the pervious games recently and were once again rewarded for the fast start. Angel Di Maria scored a wonderful goal for Utd after latching on to a great pass from Juan Mata after the Spaniard worked really hard down the left hand side. Everton looked tired after their trip to Russia on Thursday and it was no surprise that Utd were running them all over the place. Yet out of Everton’s first real proper attack Utd concede a penalty conceded by Luke Shaw after he brought down Tony Hibbert. Leighton Baines as usual stepped up for Everton with his 100% record from the spot. Baines however saw that record ended by David De Gea as the Spanish keeper brilliantly saved the penalty. Utd went into the break vitalised by De Gea’s heroic save. However it was Everton who came out from the break firing and before we knew it Everton equalised through Steven Naismith who is probably Everton’s smallest player heading into the net. That goal for Everton woke van Gaal’s side up and Utd started playing much better football like in the first half. Angel Di Maria was central to United’s attacking play and he soon set up Colombian striker Radamel Falcao who stayed expertly onside to score a typical Falcao goal to make it 2-1 to United which was his first gial for the club.
Luke Shaw was replaced by Tyler Blackett soon after that goal after the left back picked up a minor injury that he confirmed is just a minor knock and he will be available for England U21’s next week. Everton became the dominant side after United retook the lead and could easily have scored a few goals if not for the heroics of David De Gea. De Gea made two world class saves within the last 10 minutes to ensure the three points went to Utd which moved Louis van Gaal’s side into the top 4. Paddy McNair handled Lukaku brilliantly all game after there were many fearing Lukaku would give McNair too many problems for him to handle. However the young centre back handled him better than any defender Lukaku has faced this season so our manger deserves so much credit for trusting McNair in this game and just proves that van Gaal is tactically among the best. Within the last minutes of the game another young defender Tyler Blackett made a brilliant block to deny Everton’s Leon Osman and once again showed the togetherness van Gaal has installed in the dressing room with the whole tam grouping together to ensure United gained a vital and well deserved three points.
Man Of The Match: David De Gea