Manchester United 2 - 0 Everton

1 October 1994

ManU: Kanchelskis (41), Sharpe (88)
Yellow cards
ManU:Bruce, Sharpe
Everton: Snodin, Amokachi, Parkinson, Burrows
Manu:Schmeichel, 9, May 7, Irwin 6, Bruce 6, Sharpe 7, Pallister 7, Cantona 4, Ince 8, Keane 7, Hughes 7 (75. McClair), Kanchelskis 7
Everton:Southall 7, Snodin 6, Burrows 7, Watson 6, Unsworth 7, Rowett 7, Stuart 7 (85. Barlow), Samways 6, Parkinson 7, Hinchcliffe 7, Amokachi 8
Subs not used: Scholes, Walsh (ManU), Jackson, Kearton (Everton)
Attendance: 48,803

The match report from Manchester U WWW page.


Everton played a 4-5-1 formation with Amokachi being the lonely striker and Rowett playing left and Hinchcliffe right.

Everton played one of their best performances this season at Old Trafford. They enjoyed generous helpings of possession and took the game to United playing an attractive passing game which is by no mean feat at Old Trafford.

The problem was they lacked punch and the chances they created tended to come from free-kicks and long shots rather than close in. But the general signs were more encouraging,notably a full debut for Gary Rowett,who was one of Walker's first signings at 300,000 from Cambridge. The 20-year old utility man looked cool and composed on the right of a five man midfield, which left Daniel Amokachi all alone up front Rowett appeared to have won a penalty after 12 minutes when he tumbled under Gary Pallister's challenge as he shaped to shoot from Joe Parkinson's header.

If a United player had gone down in similar circumstances at the opposite Stretford End, we would have seen a different outcome. But that's exactly how your luck goes when you are bottom of the league, without a win, having lost 6 out of 9 games. The same thought must have flashed through every Everton player's mind when Peter Schmeichel flung himself across his goal to reach Andy Hinchliffe's superb curling free-kick and claw it away for a corner.

Almost inevitably, that heartbreaking moment became the springboard for United to grab the opening goal as the half drew to a scoreless close.

Paul Ince's persistence in midfield created space for Lee Sharpe on the left to put over an inviting cross for Andrei Kanchelskis to head home on the run.

Ince, who is the heart and soul of the double winners robbed Hinchliffe two minutes form time to set up the second goal. Sharpe scored from his through ball with a scuffed shot, which deceived Neville Southall.

Despite conceding his 21s goal in nine games, the Welsh keeper again answered his critics with a fine display. Everton's travelling fans, perhaps fairer judges than those at Goodison recognised his contribution by asking for and getting a big wave from Nev.

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