Wednesday 29 November 2006
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Ronaldo 39, Evra 63, O'Shea 88)
United: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Evra; Fletcher, O'Shea, Carrick (Brown 73), Richardson; Ronaldo (Heinze 68), Rooney.
Everton: Wright; Yobo, Stubbs, Lescott, Nuno Valente; Arteta, Carsley, Neville, Osman (Vaughan 76); McFadden, Beattie.
Gary and Phil Neville became the first pair of brothers to captain opposing sides in a Premier League encounter, while Patrice Evra scored his maiden goal for the Reds.
The visitors threatened first with Leon Osman warming the hands of Edwin van der Sar from distance, before James McFadden shot just wide.
Wayne Rooney almost headed the Reds in front, glancing Mikael Silvestre's cross just wide, before Cristiano Ronaldo gave Sir Alex's side the lead, firing low into the corner after Michael Carrick's shot had been blocked.
United took control in the second half and Evra controlled Rooney's fine pass to lash home, before some quick thinking from Gabriel Heinze allowed the Reds to score a third. This time Evra turned provider for John O'Shea, who flicked home at the near post.