Man Utd score 3-0 win over Everton

Manchester United picked up their fifth win of the English Premier league season on Monday night, beating a hard working Everton side 3-0.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Manchester United picked up their fifth win of the English Premier league season on Monday night, beating a hard working Everton side 3-0. Following a succession of impressive performances in the UEFA champions' league, Manchester United were looking to find consistency in the English Premier league when they hosted Everton at Old Trafford on Monday night. But the Red Devils would find in their visitors very difficult to break down. A speculative 12th minute shot wide by David Beckham was United's first effort of the night in a dull first half. Everton continued to make life hard for Alex Ferguson's side in the second period and went close to scoring just after the hour mark. Tomasz Radzinski carved his way through United's defence to meet Kevin Campbell's header, only for goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to make a save. But the introduction of substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one minute later saw the home side step up a gear. Beckham found space on the right wing in the 65th minute and played a tempting pass for Solskjaer, but the Norwegian added only the slightest of touches and the ball rolled away from danger. Then, two minutes later, Ruud Van Nistelrooy should have taken advantage of a poor defensive header that left him with only the visitor's 'keeper Richard Wright to beat, but the Dutchman fired his shot high over the crossbar. Ever dangerous Beckham tried his luck in the 78th minute when he was left unmarked to control a Solskjaer header. The England captain opted to deftly chip the ball over Wright rather than smash a shot at the target, but the ball hit the top of the crossbar. Wayne Rooney has been making a name for himself this season with a string of eye catching appearances for Everton. The 16 year old burst forward shortly after his introduction from the substitutes bench and teased United's defence, but Barthez made a comfortable save at the end of Rooney's mazy run. The Toffees didn't create many chances, but they deserved a point for their battling performance. However, Paul Scholes finally broke the deadlock in the 86th minute after Li Tei's defensive header fell into his path and he made no mistake from 12 yards out. United were handed a penalty and a one man advantage in the 89th minute after last defender David Weir was adjudged to have fouled Solskjaer in his own penalty area. Scottish international Weir was shown a red card and van Nistelrooy made it 2-0 with a well taken spot kick. United added a third goal in injury time - Scholes scoring his second of the match with an unstoppable shot from outside of the area. Sir Alex Ferguson take the maximum three points from the game, but they still trail league leaders Arsenal by six points and have some catching up to do on the domestic front. (AP)
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