United concedes late to lose 1-0 to Everton

Manchester United was cut adrift in the Premier League title

race after losing 1-0 at home to Everton thanks to Bryan Oviedo’s

late strike at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

United manager David Moyes endured a frustrating evening against

the club he quit in the summer as left back Oviedo slotted home at

the far post in the 86th minute after Romelu Lukaku flashed a

deflected shot across the six-yard box.

Everton fully deserved its first win at United in 21 years after

overrunning the champions at times, even if the hosts were unlucky

to see Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit efforts against the goal

frame in an end-to-end game.

United’s 12-game unbeaten run came to an end, leaving Moyes’

team 12 points behind leader Arsenal on a night all of their chief

title rivals won.

”We have got a long way to go,” Moyes said. ”We will need to

play some great football and win an awful lot of games in the

run-in if we going to be in there and around it come the end of the

season.”

Moyes was roundly jeered by Everton’s travelling support despite

his 11 years of service at Goodison Park, but that will be the

least of his worries after the latest setback in his brief tenure

at United.

The hosts knew there was no room for error after slipping

further back from Arsenal with back-to-back draws with Cardiff and

Tottenham, but Everton was always going to provide a stern test

after starting the season excellently under Moyes’ successor,

Roberto Martinez. And so it proved.

”It doesn’t hurt any more (than usual),” Moyes said. ”I know

they are a very good team, Everton, with very good players.

”You would imagine it is a sore one when it is your old team.

That is the way it is.”

United went closest in the first half when Rooney’s deflected

shot dribbled against the post in the 29th, while the 40-year-old

Ryan Giggs also glanced a header just wide, but its goalkeeper,

David de Gea, had to be alert to save well from Kevin Mirallas and

Lukaku in a lively first 45 minutes.

Again missing injured defensive midfielder Michael Carrick,

United’s defense was often left exposed by Everton’s quick

counter-attacks and the visitors had just as much joy after the

break. Rooney became so frustrated at a lack of service that he

lashed out at Phil Jagielka with his elbow, earning the England

striker a booking.

Substitute Gerard Deulofeu squandered a brilliant chance for

Everton when he was allowed to run unchecked into the area, only to

sidefoot his shot at De Gea.

United was still dangerous at the other end, though, and from a

Nani corner, Patrice Evra brought a fine reaction save from Tim

Howard before Welbeck headed the rebound against the crossbar.

However, Oviedo, filling in for the injured Leighton Baines, had

the final say when he made no mistake from close range to add to

the goal he scored in the 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday. It

consigned United to a fourth defeat in 14 games this campaign.

”We were outstanding at playing Manchester United eye-to-eye,”

Martinez said. ”As an away team, you normally feel you will have

only one or two chances maximum (at Old Trafford). But with our

ambition, we created many, many chances.

”If you look at the overall position we deserved all three

points and that is an incredible statement.”