Manchester United 1-0 Everton
Manchester United overcame a resilient Everton side to remain six points clear at the top of the EPL with four games remaining, thanks to Mexican striker Javier Hernandez’s 83rd-minute header.
United dominated the match after a slow start. Only terrific defending from the Toffees restricted their opportunities. And a goal always seemed likely as the pressure mounted throughout the second half.
Hernandez was involved in United’s best first-half efforts. He forced former United keeper Tim Howard into two sharp saves, the second, on 31 minutes, an excellent right-handed stop.
And when Howard was beaten by Nani’s low drive on 38 minutes, Hernandez inadvertently blocked the goalbound effort as he lay prone in the six-yard box.
The EPL leaders put Everton under concerted pressure during the final quarter.
In the space of seven minutes, centre-back Sylvan Distin diverted Fabio da Silva’s low cross onto the post.
Howard made fine saves from Wayne Rooney’s 25-yard free-kick and Hernandez’s header from Antonio Valencia’s chipped cross from the right, while Valencia had a well-struck goalbound effort blocked
But the American custodian was eventually beaten by Hernandez’s close range far-post header from Valencia’s deflected right-wing cross, after a rare Everton defensive error gifted United possession.
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