Manchester United fails to Qualify for the Champions League

mirallas_2887906bDavid Moyes woes at Manchester United continued during his visit to Goodson Park as Everton hosted Manchester United on Sunday.  Everton was sure to make the visit miserable for David Moyes, beating Manchester United 2-0 to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

With this loss, Manchester United will not be in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 19 years.  This is also the first time since 1969 that Everton will beat Manchester United 2-0.  From the very second Moyes and his team set food on the field, they were booed by the fans, and the crowd got louder following Leighton Baines converted penalty in the 27th minute.

Although the game seemed fairly balance in the first 25 minutes of the game, Everton took control of the game when Phil Jones handled Romelu Lukaku’s goal bound shot in the 26th minute.  Leighton Baines stepped up and calmly placed the penalty kick putting Everton a goal up.

Everton doubled their lead just two minutes before half time through Kevin Mirallas who right-footed a shot to the bottom left corner, beating Man-U keeper.  Everton manger, Martinez made some changes in the second half, replacing Sylvian Distin, who suffered a hamstring injury with Antolin Alcaraz, but United fielded the same players and still had no decent shot on goal until the 48th minute when Shinji Kagawa volleyed from 25 yards away, posing no threat for Everton keeper and captain, Tim Howard.  United’s next opportunity came through Wayne Rooney, who had a closed-range effort four minute from end of regulation that was saved by Tim Howard.

With this win, Everton is still very much in the race to secure a UEFA Champions League spot and are only a point behind Arsenal, who currently seats in 4th place.  Manchester United on the other hand will not be playing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 19 years, and there is speculation that Manager, David Moyes is set to be sacked this week.

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