Cups Half Empty & Half Full At Goodison Park Last Night

In some respects, the fixture compilers had been a little unkind to Alex Ferguson. A trip to Goodison Park seldom feels like a guaranteed three points, and this year’s Everton vintage is one that looks upwardly mobile rather than one beset by the shadow of stagnation for the first time in several years, after all. Yet if last night’s single goal defeat demonstrated anything, it was that there was perhaps a grain of truth to be acknowledged from those that have argued over the summer months that the club might have been better served by bringing in a new midfield player as opposed to another striker. Still, as is commonly heard in the red portion of Manchester, in Fergie they trust. None of this, however, should detract from a fine Everton performance last night. The possession statistics indicated that Manchester United dominated ownership of the ball, but the visitors seemed to hit a brick wall once they got to within forty yards of goal, and it is a tribute to Evertons obstinacy that this match seldom took on the siege-like feel that so many Manchester United defeats do. Indeed, much as they improved as the match wore on, it still felt as though there would be no way through a well organised defence, and an equalising goal in the closing stages – which probably should have come after a...

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