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Martial keeps Manchester United in the race for Fourth

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Manchester United closed the gap between themselves and local rivals Manchester City back down to a solitary point as the Manchester giants continue to battle it out for the fourth and final Champions League berth after the Red Devils earned themselves a scrappy 1-0 win at home against a very average Everton side.

Anthony Martial was the goalscorer for Manchester United, on a day where the football was far from memorable, but one which United fans will never forget as a stand was named in honour of Sir Bobby Charlton. Martial's goal came as a result of some incredibly sloppy defending from Everton and proved to be the difference between two sides who between them forced the two keepers into just 3 saves.

The first half was largely forgettable and was yet another 0-0 at Old Trafford with United coming closest to scoring when Martial drilled an effort just wide of Joel Robles' right hand upright.

Gerard Deulofeu on the right-hand side was a constant menace for Everton, but his end product was disappointing. Still, his presence itself was menacing enough to force Louis van Gaal to replace a ragged Marcos Rojo with Timothy Fosu-Mensah replacing him.

Everton played marginally the better football, but had just one shot to show for it, their best chance coming when David de Gea was forced to rush out to clear when Chris Smalling slipped, momentarily playing Romelu Lukaku in on goal.

Manchester United were briefly better in the second half and got the goal when Fosu-Mensah's cross was inexplicably allowed to reach Anthony Martial after Everton for some reason refused to clear their lines. The Frenchman accepted the gift and grabbed his 8th goal of the season to become United's top scorer this term, but honestly even Robles should have done better.

Everton were incredibly close to drawing themselves level immediately after as Phil Jagielka thudded a header against the crossbar. It was as close as they would come to scoring, though the Toffees did finish the game strongly, United were able to see it out to grab their fourth consecutive home win.


Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind (Valencia 81'), Rojo (Fosu-Mensah 46'), Carrick, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Cleverley, Deulofeu (Mirallas 63'), Barkley (Niasse 87'), Lennon, Lukaku.

Final Score: Manchester United 1-0 Everton (Martial 54')