Watch the Goals: Manchester United – Everton – Played on 04/08/ 2023
Manchester United Secures Third Place in Premier League with Victory Over Everton
Manchester United defeated Everton 2-0 in the 30th round of the English Premier League, securing third place in the league table. Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial scored for Manchester United in the 36th and 71st minutes, respectively. Here’s a detailed report on the match.
Lineups and Playing Method
Manchester United’s playing method was 4-2-3-1, with Maguire standing next to Lisandro Martinez in the depth of the defense, supported by the full-backs Wan-Bissaka and Malacia. Marcel Sabitzer played alongside Scott McTominay in the middle of the field, while the trio of Anthony, Bruno Fernandez, and Jadon Sancho moved behind striker Marcus Rashford.
Everton opted for the 4-3-3 game plan, with a backline consisting of Seamus Coleman, Michael Kane, James Tarkovsky, and Ben Godfrey. Andy Idrissa Gueye played as the pivot player, while Alex Iwobi and Andre Onana moved in front of him, behind the attacking trio of Demara Gray, Dwight McNeil, and Ellis Sims.
In the early minutes of the game, Manchester United came close to opening the scoring when Sabitzer got the ball inside the penalty area and shot, but his attempt was rebounded from defender Kane. Everton responded two minutes later with a free-kick that Gray rushed to execute on Onana’s head.
Manchester United missed a golden opportunity in the 12th minute when Anthony’s shot hit the post and Wan Bissaka shot from a short distance, but the ball went near the post. The ball reached Sims on the right wing, who fired a curved shot that passed by the left post in the 19th minute.
In the 23rd minute, Fernandez dropped the ball over the defenders to Anthony, who singled out the goalkeeper from the right, but Pickford thwarted the attempt. Two minutes later, the Brazilian player faced the goal again after a long ball from goalkeeper De Gea, but defender Godfrey made a strong intervention to prevent him from shooting.
Pickford shone again in blocking an attempt from Rashford, after another perfect pass from Fernandez in the 29th minute. Manchester United finally managed to open the scoring in the 36th minute, following a clever pass from Sancho to McTominay, who shot into the narrow corner of the goal.
In stoppage time in the first half, Anthony skillfully got rid of Godfrey before directing a shot, but goalkeeper Pickford saved it. In contrast to the first half, the second half started calmly, and Everton waited until the 54th minute to pose a threat, when Sims’ powerful shot rebounded from his colleague Iwobi.
Martial replaced Anthony in the 60th minute, and Sabitzer raised a cross, which Fernandez followed with a powerful header, blocked by Pickford in the 67th minute. Martial scored Manchester United’s second goal in the 71st minute when Rashford passed the ball to him, and he easily put it into the goal.
The remaining minutes passed calmly, and Rashford left the stadium amid doubts about his injury, replaced by Foote Fighurst. Fernandez hit the goalkeeper’s standing position, and the match ended with Manchester United’s victory over Everton. Manchester United secured third place in the league table with 56 points, on goal difference against Newcastle, while Everton remained in 16th place with 27 points.