Manchester United took full advantage of City’s slip up at Southampton with a 2-0 win versus Everton at Old Trafford to open up a 12 point lead atop of the Premier League table.
United, who SAF admitted were due to make 7 changes to the side before the City result, started with a very strong side regardless of their tough away trip to Madrid on Wednesday and their approach paid off.
Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie scored the goals in the first half, whilst some brilliant defending from the entire side helped keep the clean sheet and take home the 3 points.
Here are my top GIF moments from the game…
1. Nemanja Vidic block
Setting the tone for his game, Vidic pulled out this great block to deny Everton a clear chance at goal. The replay shows his commitment as he wrestles free and launches himself at the ball.
Vidic had a superb game winning more aerial duels (4), attempting more clearances (13), more blocks (2) and more interceptions (6) than anyone else on the pitch.
2. Wayne Rooney touch
Its great to see Rooney finding form at such a vital stage of the season. His first touch is usually a key sign to his form and this was class as he plucks the ball from the air and lays the ball off.
3. Tom Cleverley volley
Stunning technique from Cleverley to attempt this rasping volley that is tipped over the bar by Tim Howard.
4. United passing/play
Lovely passing move from United sees Rafael driving at the Everton back line before Ryan Giggs wins United a corner from a block cross. Love it when United play this sort of 1 touch football.
5. Rafael tackle
Tasked with shutting down Leighton Baines (most chances created in the League), Rafael had a brilliant game and was named Man of the Match by Gary Neville. Great in attack (1 assist), he was solid in defence all day, highlighted with this crunching tackle on Baines.