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United conceded twice in injury-time to somehow allow Everton a point, after the Reds had seemingly sewn up victory at Goodison Park.
Darren Fletcher quickly cancelled out Steven Pienaar's opener for the Toffees, before second-half goals from Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov put United in a commanding position.
Tim Cahill's header in the first minute of injury-time appeared nothing more than a consolation, but Everton continued to press and took a share of the spoils when Mikel Arteta drilled home a loose ball deep inside the United area.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who omitted Wayne Rooney from his squad, would have been left mystified by his side's late lapses in concentration after defending capably for much of the match and spurning several chances to tie up victory.
Rio Ferdinand was also absent, while Antonio Valencia and Chicharito missed out after their midweek international exertions. That prompted the deployment of Dimitar Berbatov as a lone striker, flanked by Ryan Giggs and Nani and supported by a three-man central midfield of Fletcher, Paul Scholes and John O’Shea. As the Irishman shunted forward, Gary Neville returned at right-back in an otherwise unchanged defence.
Everton’s team selection betrayed the spate of injuries that had claimed the majority of their striking department. Yakubu was only fit enough to make the bench, while Louis Saha missed out entirely, provoking David Moyes’ selection of Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill as his side’s roving focal points.
Makeshift or not, the hosts flew out of the traps and pegged United back for the best part of 10 minutes. Everton hassled and harried, giving the Reds no time to savour possession, and it some sturdy defending to repel the hosts’ aerial bombardment and scrap feeding.