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Manchester United smiles, Everton frowns



Manchester United smiles, Everton frowns

Manchester United secured a crucial victory in their bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season as they comfortably beat Everton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The home side came into the match off the back of a win against Brentford in mid-week, but with just one win in their last five league games, there was a sense of anxiety amongst the Old Trafford faithful.

Everton, on the other hand, were in desperate need of points as they sat precariously close to the relegation zone. The Toffees have struggled for consistency so far this season, with just two wins in their last seven games, and were looking to end their poor run of form against a resurgent Manchester United side.

As expected, the home side started the game brightly, dominating possession and creating several early chances. However, it wasn’t until the 44th minute that they finally broke the deadlock, with midfielder Scott McTominay firing home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

The goal seemed to settle Manchester United, and they came out for the second half with renewed confidence. The home side doubled their lead in the 65th minute, with Anthony Martial – making his first start in several weeks – curling a beautiful shot past the Everton goalkeeper.

Despite some late pressure from the visitors, Manchester United held on for a deserved 2-0 win, moving them up to third place in the Premier League table. However, with Newcastle United just one point behind them and a game in hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will know that they cannot afford to slip up in their upcoming matches.

For Everton, the defeat leaves them just two points above the relegation zone, and manager Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can start picking up points soon to ensure their safety in the top flight.

Overall, it was a good day for Manchester United, who will be looking to build on this result and continue their climb up the table. As for Everton, they will need to regroup quickly and start picking up points if they want to avoid a relegation battle come the end of the season.