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Game in sentence

Manchester United are title bound after a convincing victory against Everton at Old Trafford.

Observations

  • Yes, yes, there are many games left to  be played and stranger things have happened but I’m going to be bold in proclaiming the end of the title race. Alex Ferguson was not a happy man in the lead up to today’s fixture at Old Trafford. Real Madrid’s clash with Sevilla was moved up to Saturday while his team wasn’t afforded the same benevolent gesture by the FA. Nothing goes Manchester United’s way. Goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin Van Persie ensured Ferguson’s side wouldn’t undergo a repeat of last year, when this game began a precipitous fall for the Red Devils.
  • Phil Jones doesn’t have shingles. At least that’s the word from Dr.Ferguson. Stuart Pearce drew the ire of the surly Scot for publicly disclosing Jones missed England’s u21 mid week match with Sweden because the Preston native had Shingles. A word to the wise: do not google ‘shingles’. Jones was fantastic today, holding Marouane Fellaini in check for 57 minutes. After receiving 14 elbows to the head by my unofficial account, he made way for Michael Carrick.
  • David Moyes danced with the devil and lost. He chose to employ a high line, hoping to stall United’s vaunted attack with cohesive defending. It didn’t work, mainly because United’s midfielders were afforded way too much time on the ball. Van Persie could’ve had a hat trick today. The Ducthman hit the post in the 10th minute after Wayne Rooney caught Johnny Heitinga napping.
  • Three minutes later Ryan Giggs opened the scoring, cementing his place in record books worldwide. He’s scored in every Premier League season. What was life like before Giggsy scored in the Prem? Axl Rose was relevant. Harrowing times.
  • Everton mounted a push back. Maligned goalkeeper David De Gea was on his game, thwarting Leon Osman with an excellent save in the 29th minute.
  • As pointed out by Jason Davis on Twitter, Joe Hart and Phil Jones could’ve had a lucrative career as 1980s movie jocks.
  • Van Persie made amends for the early miss with a goal just before halftime. Once again Everton’s high line defending was caught out.  Rafael’ found RVP streaking in behind Philip Neville and Phil Jagielka. He didn’t miss this time, walking around Tim Howard and finishing with his right foot. Guy is pretty good.
  • Rooney’s temper tantrums are nothing new, but they continue to provide comedic fodder. There’s something to be said about playing ‘for keeps’ no matter what the score is, and for that Wayne should be commended. But responding to a call that doesn’t go your way with a move straight out of an eight year old child’s playbook isn’t the way to go.
  • Before the game Moyes was clear: “Anything you get against them you earn and we know it will be difficult.” It was. Everton managed two shots on target.
  • United go 12 points clear of City with 12 games to play. Their focus shifts to ‘Real’ as ‘ManU’ aim for Champions League glory. CR7 v. RVP? Can’t hardly wait.

Three stars

1. Robin Van Persie

2. Rafael

3. Ryan Giggs