Manchester United stayed strong to resist Everton’s advances as they scraped through to recover from their embarrassing Manchester derby to win 1-0.
Javier Hernandez put United ahead in the 19th minute when he latched on to Patrice Evra’s cross.
Everton were not for rolling over and accepting defeat though. The Liverpool side gave United a tough time as they pressed to try and find an equaliser. However United stayed solid at the back to keep an attacking Everton at bay.
Nemanja Vidic was United’s best player on the day as he helped the defence stay strong and organised. After missing last week’s 6-1 mauling at the hands of City the Serbian returned to give United a much needed commanding presence at the back.
As Everton piled pressure on United in the second half Vidic prevented Everton a chance when a cross into the box caught United off-guard as he headed the ball out for a corner.
His defensive partner, Jonny Evans, had a sloppy game leaving Vidic with plenty to do, clearing up from a couple of Evans’ mistakes which he did well. When the United defence started to slacken it was Vidic who was there to call the orders and tighten the bolts up at the back.
Not only did Evans look sloppy at times but Evra also looked shaky at left back letting too many Everton attacks get past him. Again giving Vidic more work to do, he kept concentration to deny Everton from that side, his aerial ability especially shining through as removed the danger the majority of the time from crosses.
Vidic kept United in the lead through many last ditch tackles and blocks on the edge of the United area denying a feisty Everton side the goal some may say they deserved.
United missed their captain against City as a weak defence crumbled away exposing the United goal on far too many occasions. The side also lacked organisation last weekend, something that Vidic brings to the team. This was apparent against Everton as the captain made sure the team kept tight throughout even when individuals weren’t performing. A strong performance from the centre-back was arguably the reason United were able to come away with all three points this weekend.