2012 Dallas Cup - Super Group 


(Fornasier 15, Lingard 90) 

Photo by Matthew Visinsky

07/04/2012 07:17, Report by Adam Marshall

Res: Everton 0 United 2

United clinched a place in the Dallas Cup final with a hard-fought 2-0 triumph against Everton in the early hours of Saturday UK time.

Warren Joyce's side have impressed everybody with their play all season and the passing and movement is bound to be attracting new admirers in the States. After a measured build up involving the likes of Tom Thorpe and Will Keane, Larnell Cole crossed from the right for Michele Fornasier to score at the second attempt with a volley after his initial header was well saved by Russell Griffiths.

Cole then struck the woodwork but the Reds had to withstand some pressure after going in front, even if Will Keane fired one opportunity off target following a pass by Luke Giverin. Frederic Veseli went off injured in the first half but United defended with typical endeavour and organisation.

The Toffees battled in vain to find an equaliser but Sam Johnstone managed to keep a third clean sheet in four games to ensure United's 100 percent run continued and Hallam Hope's red card didn't help the Merseysiders' cause.

There was a breakaway strike towards the end that has become a feature of the first team's play under Sir Alex. Jesse Lingard had the freedom of the Everton half when sent clear by Will Keane and the winger kept his composure to expertly slip home the clincher.

Joyce's side will face Brazilians Coritiba in the final on Sunday night with keeper Johnstone looking forward to the contest. "The Brazilians like to pass but so do we," he told the Dallas Cup official website. "So we'll see.

"It was difficult - we played Everton back home and it was more physical compared to the previous games. We stuck it out and did well. All the lads are fit and kept going until the end.

"We want to win the tournament so we're going into the next game to win."

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