Man United   1

Hernandez (84)

Everton   0

23 APRIL 2011, OLD TRAFFORD Attendance: 75,300

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1Van der Sar
20Fabio
6Evans
5Ferdinand
22O'Sheasub3
7Valencia
8Andersonyellow card
28Gibsonsub11
17Nanisub7
10Rooney
14Hernandezgoal
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29Kuszczak
2Rafael
3Evrasub22
6Brown
16Carrick
11Giggssub28
7Owensub17
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24Howardyellow card
2Hibbert
6Jagielka
15Distin
3Baines
7Bilyaletdinovsub17
18Neville
26Rodwell
23Colemansub19
16Beckfordsub28
21Osman
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1Mucha
17Cahillsub7yellow card
19Gueyesub23
27Vellios
28Anichebesub16
30Mustafi
34Duffy

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23/04/2011 14:30, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Toffees’ form had brought them into contention for European qualification berths. Nevertheless, United’s need was greater; a state of play reflected in the early patterns within the game. How the Reds reached the interval without scoring was flummoxing – not that former United stopper Howard was inundated with questions to answer; more that the hosts repeatedly failed to make the most of presentable positions.

The movement of Chicharito and the positive possession and passing of Anderson presented problems aplenty for the visitors. Wayne Rooney dictated United’s tempo, dropping into the hole behind the Mexican marksman with promising regularity. It was he who had the game’s first effort, a 25-yard effort which deflected wide from Nani’s disguised free-kick.

Everton’s remit mainly concerned defending in the opening period, but their sporadic threat on the break invariably involved Leon Osman, operating in a similar position to Rooney, and he took advantage of space in the midfield area to poke a half-hit effort straight at Edwin van der Sar. The Dutchman wouldn’t make another save all half.

Instead, United repeatedly sprung the hosts’ high line. Nani dwelled and shot straight at Howard after a three-on-three break, then Chicharito’s cross was deflected into the American’s arms after another swift counter led by Fabio. Chicharito soon had Howard earning his pay – drawing a smart stop from the American with a near post effort and then forcing him to beat another powerful effort behind after fine approach play from Rooney.

For all the trouble being caused by the little Mexican, he inadvertently helped the visitors escape the clearest opening of the half. Valencia outmuscled Leighton Baines and pulled back for Nani. Having slipped, Chicharito then sat helpless as he blocked the Portuguese winger's effort wide with his

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