04/12/2013 22:10, Report by Adam Marshall
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The Match: Mersey misery

Here’s our review of the key points in the frustrating 1-0 defeat to Everton…

The Match United had looked the likelier scorers with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both hitting the woodwork but, instead, Bryan Oviedo snatched victory with only four minutes left and there was no time for the Reds to offer any sort of response. Tim Howard performed well against his former club, making one reflex stop to deny Patrice Evra before Welbeck could only plant the rebound against the bar. Just when it looked set to be a frustrating goalless draw, things got even worse for United and the gap at the top to Arsenal is now 12 points.

Goals David De Gea's fine save to apparently tip a Kevin Mirallas free-kick onto an upright saw everybody breathe a huge sigh of relief, but the agony was only delayed as Romelu Lukaku was picked out inside the box and his scuffed cross fell perfectly for Oviedo, who finished clinically.

Star men Evra was a force down the left flank, attacking and defending, while Marouane Fellaini made some fine challenges, particularly in the first half. Wayne Rooney was again at the hub of most of the best attacking moves but is now suspended for the visit of Newcastle at the weekend after picking up a booking.

Sub-plots David Moyes taking on his former club for the first time after his long spell at Goodison Park was bound to be the subject of much focus but Fellaini and Rooney also

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