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Martial gives United three important point against Everton

The Red Devils took a big step towards a top-4 spot in the Barclays Premier League season with a victory that has become the norm at Old Trafford.

The Toffees went into the game hoping to get something but they were not able to get a grip on the game constantly as a lone strike from star striker Anthony Martial was enough to see of the Merseyside outfit on Sunday.

Before kick-off, United icon Bobby Charlton received a rousing ovation on the field as an in-stadium mosaic marked Old Trafford’s South Stand being renamed in his honor.

It was a monumental goal for the Old Trafford outfit as Martial’s strike represented the 1000th home goal for the Red Devils since their incorporation more than a century ago.

The first half had hardly anything to talk about with neither side managing a shot on target. Both goalkeepers were hardly tested as the game was played for most parts in the middle of the park.

Gerard Deulofeu produced some good moments for the visitors at one end while Rashford and Mata looked like opening the Everton defense up more than a couple of times but the likes of Blind and John Stones were superb in their respective penalty areas.

But the second half had a completely different story written for the fans.

Less than 10 minutes after the restart, Rashford and Mensah combined well on the right side of Everton’s defense and the young right back for the home side put the ball right in the box only for Martial to tap into an empty net giving the hosts and the game a much-needed goal.

This opened up the game as Everton started to dominate the ball and also created some chances in the final third.

The best of the lot came from a corner as Jagielka threw himself on the ball and beat De Gea from close range only to be denied by the crossbar.

He once again came close with 15 minutes to go but the United shot-stopper was perfectly positioned to parry the shot away.

The Toffees tried to pile on the pressure and also gave away plenty of chances on the counter but Louis van Gaal’s defensive preaching did the work on the night as the Old Trafford franchise once again held on to a slender lead to snatch three important points from this game.

With West Ham dropping a couple of points against the Eagles, this victory could not have been better timed as the Red Devils finally moved to the 5th position leaving the Hammers behind.

They are still a point away from Manchester City in 4th and will need to continue their recent run of 3wins from 4 games if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

With just 6 games to go this season, United travel to the White Hart Lane in a pulsating encounter next weekend.

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