The Everton result looked good on paper, but anyone who watched it knows it was more about Everton waving the white flag before they'd even walked on the pitch than any spectacular play from United.
Everton tried but couldn't break us down, mainly due to Smalling playing so well against Lukaku and the way our midfield defended. As Carragher alluded to in the video above they got a bit more success at the start of the 2nd half when they swapped Naismith for Kone and went more direct but we held out and killed them off with the Rooney goal.Everton made no attempt to win the game and reverted to a classic Moyes style, which must be disappointing for those Everton fans that thought Martinez coming in equated to no longer taking it from behind against the bigger teams. Their game plan consisted of a shit attempt at not losing rather than any attempt at winning. United did what they needed to do and Everton made it easy.
I particularly liked this comment about Schweinsteiger by Neville, "Cazorla, he had him on a lead. It was like a man with a ball saying to a dog ‘come to get it off me, come to get it off me’, and as soon as he gets near him, he throws it off to Mertesacker. It’s like ‘Come on, come on doggie’. He’s toying with him."Elaborate on this? I'd question if you watched the game because it was certainly more about United playing well and getting the tactics right than it was about Everton being bad.
Enjoyed this from Gary Neville on the differences between how we set up against Arsenal and Everton
We are a much better team than United, even with Aguero and (more importantly) Silva out. That said, I'm dreading Sunday and don't have a good feeling about it at all. I'd take a draw if offered now, so we can get this one over with and stay top of the table for next week.