7 Memorable Everton vs Manchester United Matches

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Everton and Manchester United will go head-to-head in the Premier League on November 26 in the latest meeting between these two historic English clubs. With that in mind, we have scoured the record books to identify seven of the most memorable matches between the two teams, starting with one which was a genuine coupon buster.

Everton 5-0 Manchester United - Division One - October 1984

Ron Atkinson’s side were well fancied by the bookmakers to win their first title since 1967, while the Toffees were largely unconsidered in the outright betting. However, Everton ran riot at Goodison Park, securing a hugely impressive 5-0 victory that made a mockery of the bookies’ pre-match odds. Everton subsequently romped home in the title race by a whopping 13-point margin ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, while United were one point behind in fourth place.

Everton 2-6 Manchester United – Division One – December 1977

The festive period is renowned for producing shock results and that was undoubtedly the case when Everton hosted United on Boxing Day in 1977. They were second in the First Division following an 18-game unbeaten run and were expected to wipe the floor with a struggling United team.

The visitors had other ideas, with goals by Lou Macari (2), Gordon Hill, Steve Coppell, Brian Greenhoff and Sammy McIlroy securing a remarkable 6-2 win. Everton struggled to keep themselves in the title race after that result, and eventually finished the season in third place behind Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

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Everton 3-1 Manchester United – Premier League – February 2010

Back in the days when David Moyes was working his magic as manager, Everton often caused United plenty of problems. Their 3-1 victory at Goodison in 2010 was particularly noteworthy, with Jack Rodwell’s stunning late goal putting the seal on a fantastic comeback and upsetting the betting odds and accumulators of many punters.

However, despite a good start, things didn’t go as planned. Dimitar Berbatov fired United into the lead with an early goal, but Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Dan Gosling turned the game on its head. Rodwell capped things off with the third, surging forward after picking up the ball near the centre circle before firing home past Edwin van der Sar. After the final whistle the score was 3-1.

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Everton 3-4 Manchester United – Premier League – February 2004

United’s penchant for achieving impossible feats reared its head in 2004 as they emerged victorious following a seven-goal thriller at Goodison. Goals by Louis Saha (2) and Ruud van Nistelrooy put the Red Devils in cruise control at half-time, but Everton roared back in style after the break.

John O’Shea’s own goal sandwiched in between headers by David Unsworth and Kevin Kilbane had Goodison dreaming about securing an unlikely win. However, Van Nistelrooy dashed their hopes, finding space at the back post to glance home a header following fine work by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Everton 2-4 Manchester United – Premier League - April 2007

Goodison was an emotional cauldron in April 2007, with the club reeling from the news that legendary midfielder Alan Ball had passed away in midweek. Alan Stubbs and Manuel Fernandes put the Blues 2-0 in front and seemingly on course to put a significant dent into United’s title ambitions.

O’Shea and a Phil Neville own goal brought United back into the game, before Wayne Rooney and Chris Eagles completed a remarkable turnaround. The Red Devils claimed the title the following week, while Everton ended the campaign in a respectable sixth place.

Everton 4-0 Manchester United – Premier League – April 2019

Everton produced a thrilling display to humiliate United at Goodison and leave fans wondering how on earth they were not higher in the table. Richarlison set the ball rolling with an acrobatic volley, before Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled the lead with a low 25-yard drive that left goalkeeper David de Gea floundering.

Goals by Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott rubbed further salt into the wounds as United slipped to their fifth successive away defeat. This was the first time since 1981 they had lost five consecutive games on the road – a run which ultimately cost them the chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Everton 1-0 Manchester United – Premier League – April 2022

Everton fans had little to cheer about during Frank Lampard’s time as manager, but their victory over United was a noteworthy exception to the rule. A midweek defeat at Burnley had left Lampard’s side in danger of dropping into the relegation zone, but they produced a gritty display to claim a vital win.

Anthony Gordon’s deflected strike was the difference between the two teams, while two excellent saves by Jordan Pickford also contributed to the result. Everton eventually finished four points clear of the relegation zone, but the team were unable to kick on and Lampard was sacked in January.  

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