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Player Ratings As United Throw Valuable Points Away Again

Manchester United threw away a two goal lead over Everton in a thrilling match at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Usually a keen proponent of added time, Alex Ferguson was left fuming as his teams defence fell to pieces in the last few minutes after having looked to have the game wrapped up.

Some will see this result as poetic justice in return for the many result changing goals scored by United in ‘Fergie time’ over the years.

On this occasion it was David Moyes who was the manager berating the referee for blowing the final whistle too early at the end of the game.

Angry Moyes ran on the pitch to voice his frustration with referee Martin Atkinson after he blew his whistle when Everton were on the counter attack looking to steal victory from United in the closing seconds.

Victory for United didn’t look as though it was going to be straight forward after Everton started strongly and were the first to score, but United went on to take control of the game thanks to two goals created by crosses from Nani and a cool finish from Dimitar Berbatov.

Alex Ferguson’s decision to spare Wayne Rooney from the inevitable torrent of abuse and jeers from the Everton fans had looked like it had paid off until four minutes from the end of the match.

The goals from Cahill and Arteta that followed changed the complexion of the game completely, leaving Sir Alex unable to explain his teams failure to beat Everton after seemingly being in control of the match.

This being the second away game in a row in the Premiership that United have drawn after having chances to finish the game off is a trend that will worry United fans.

Another worry is after four games United trail Chelsea by four points and do not seem to have the same methodical and clinical ability to win games that Chelsea currently possess.

Player ratings:

Everton: Howard 8, Hibbert, Jagielka 7, Distin 6, Baines 7, Osman 7, Heitinga 6, Arteta 7, Pienaar 8, Fellaini 6, Cahill 8.

Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Neville, Gueye, Yakubu, Coleman.

Manchester United: Van der Sar 7, Neville 6, Vidic 7, Jonathan Evans 6, Evra 6, Scholes 6, O’Shea, Fletcher 7, Nani 8, Berbatov 8, Giggs 6.

Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda, Gibson.

Man of the Match: Tim Howard

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