5 Things We Learned From Manchester United’s Loss To Everton

Manchester United fell to another defeat at home last night against David Moyes’ old side Everton. The Toffees ran out 1-0 winners at Old Trafford and left Moyes and co red-faced, but here are five things we learned from the tie.

1) Oviedo can fill Baines’ boots

The absence of Leighton Baines is something that worried many Everton fans, but Bryan Oviedo has now scored two in two from the left-back berth and is playing brilliantly. He made nine clearances, won both of his take ons and won 4/5 of his tackles.

2) No favours from former United man Howard

The ex-United keeper had a blinder between the sticks on his old stomping ground last night, making five superb saves and completing two punches.

3) Everton were dogged at the back

The Toffees may be seen as a slick, Spanish-looking side who love to pop the ball round the pitch, but they showed yesterday that they have a real steel about them. They made 56 clearances, won 19/22 of their tackles and a total of 13 interceptions.

4) United outfought Toffees in the middle

Much was said beforehand about the Red Devil’s midfield problems but they out-fought, out-passed and ultimately outplayed the Everton midriff. United completed 82% of their 449 passes, while Everton 81% of their 425, United made more interceptions and got the better of the headed duels.

5) Jagielka was a unit

The England international made a whopping 14 clearances, four tackles and completed 92% of his 38 passes. 

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