Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Everton misery for Moyes

21 April 2014, 08:30

Liverpool - Everton ensured a miserable return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes by overwhelming Manchester United in a 2-0 win to keep pace with Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification on Sunday.

First-half goals by Leighton Baines — from the penalty spot — and Kevin Mirallas kept Everton one point behind fourth-place Arsenal with three games left, and guaranteed United won't be playing in Europe's top competition next season.

Languishing in seventh position, six points behind sixth-place Tottenham, United may not even qualify for the Europa League — an indication of the deposed champions' decline since winning the Premier League last year by 11 points.

Moyes left Everton after 11 years to take charge of United. But while his first season at Old Trafford has been extremely disappointing, Moyes' replacement at Everton — Roberto Martinez — has been widely praised for guiding the Merseyside team to its best haul of points in Premier League history already.

Everton, which has achieved the double over United for the first time since the 1969-70 season, played much the better football here and still has a great chance to qualify for the Champions League's qualification round — something Moyes achieved only once.

A flurry of boos greeted Moyes as he emerged from United's team bus before the game and then from the tunnel prior to kickoff, with many home fans unhappy at the circumstances surrounding his departure to Old Trafford and also his attempts at poaching Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini from Everton over the summer.

Fellaini ended up moving for 27.5 million pounds ($43 million) on deadline day in September — he was an unused substitute here — but Baines stayed at Everton and showed Moyes just what he is missing by having an excellent game and driving home a 28th-minute penalty to open the scoring after Phil Jones handled Romelu Lukaku's shot.

With Mirallas running beyond a wide-open defense to add a second from Seamus Coleman's pass in the 43rd minute, it amounted to an uncomfortable first 45 minutes for Moyes, who was sat near a spectator dressed as the Grim Reaper and waving an imitation scythe in Moyes' direction. The spectator was escorted out of the stands midway through the first half.

The margin of defeat could have been a whole lot bigger for United, whose left side of fullback Alex Buttner and midfielder Shinji Kagawa in particular was over-run by the marauding Mirallas and Coleman.

Steven Naismith wasted great chances in either half and David de Gea pushed aside a curler from Lukaku.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, on the other hand, was called into action just twice, saving from Jonny Evans and Wayne Rooney. The frustrations of Rooney, United's captain for the day against his boyhood club, were highlighted by a reckless challenge on Everton's James McCarthy that was fortunate to escape a booking.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...