Back from a welcome internet-free Easter break.
It was a nail biting game. This, rather than the games against Arsenal and Chelsea, is the kind of game that will ruin a season. Slightly less lucky and United are suddenly closer to the chasing duo then is really comfortable.
But, our luck came through. Howard had a great game, but Hernandez finally broke the deadlock late on, letting every United fan breath a well-earned sign of relief. It’s too late in the season for these kind of siege games.
Aside from some iffy periods in the first half, United were strong all game and it was Everton’s decent defensive job that kept them out. If a goal was going to come it had to be Hernandez, and his header was a well taken bit of opportunistic poaching, with Valencia back doing what he was bought to do with a perfect cross. The return on the Mexican’ fee – somewhere between 6 and 8 million, plus a friendly – has been fantastic, “Chicarito” averaging a goal a game almost.
Rooney continues his goal drought against his old club, something that is easily figured out. Fergie’s decision to rest several players, notably Vidic, worked out in the end. A big, big fortnight coming up after all.
Schalke next on Tuesday, but Arsenal next in the league. United have a great record in the Emirates and Arsenal have hit their blip at the worst possible time. Three points there is not unattainable.