Manchester United 1-0 Everton

Manchester United boosted their top-four hopes with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Everton.

Match Reports: Manchester United 1-0 EvertonMatch Reports: Manchester United 1-0 Everton

United stuck with the same starting XI as began the 1-0 derby win at Manchester City before the international break, while Everton showed two changes to the side beaten 2-0 at Arsenal.

For the visitors, John Stones replaced Ramiro Funes Mori in central defence and Gerard Deulofeu was preferred to Muhamed Besic.

The opening minutes saw neither side able to forge a clear opening, with the play well-contested in the midfield area.

Seventeen minutes in Anthony Martial almost brought the home fans to their feet, with a deflected 25-yard shot from the right side of the area flashing past the far post, with keeper Joel Robles grasping at thin air.

Eight minutes later David de Gea had to race from his line to take the ball off the toes of Romelu Lukaku, while at the other end Martial was dispossessed in the area by a crunching challenge from Stones.

Early in the second half Lukaku saw his eight-yard effort deflected away by Daley Blind, but it was United who hit the front nine minutes into the second period.

Substitute Timothy Fosu-Mensah crossed from the right and Martial bundled the ball home at the far post, despite the best efforts of visiting keeper Robles.

The Toffees responded with a thumping header from Phil Jagielka which came back off the crossbar following a corner from the right, before Juan Mata almost set up Jesse Lingard with a ball in from the United right.

Late on De Gea made a fine save to deny the unfortunate Jagielka following another corner and Chris Smalling then made a telling clearance from a Seamus Coleman cross as the hosts held on for victory.

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