Two late kicks by Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial brought Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Everton to reserve their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Despite nine changes, United flew out of the blocks, helped by early Christmas gifts from the Toffees defense.
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They were supposed to be in front: Mason Greenwood hit the tripod, and Cavani and Donny Van De Beek got closer.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team was sluggish in possession and lethargic at an early stage, but was improving as the half-time progressed with a free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson, forcing Dean Henderson into a fine defense.
Toffees delivered a blow early in the second half when Richarlison was knocked out after being squeezed between Bruno Fernandes and Eric Bailly when he caused a header.
The second half was unusual and split, but Cavani, who was lucky to run off the map after coming along with Yerry Min, stole the show with a stunning kick from the edge of the ball.
Everton’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes (L) controls the ball in front of Uruguayan Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani
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And substitute Anthony Martial, who set up the opener, scored the final blow of the match in the counter with the final blow of the match to seal the victory.
DISCUSSION POINT – Should Cavani have been expelled?
The Uruguayan striker got involved with Mina in the second half and seemed to catch the Colombian for a long time before throwing him to the ground. It wasn’t WWE-style chokeslam, but Cavani seemed to touch his throat. Judge Andy Madley did nothing – where is the VAR when you need it?
MATCH MATCH – Edinson Cavani (Manchester United)
At 33, he shows no signs of slowing down after another vital late goal for United. He started the game bistro, faded in the second half, but relied on his class at the moment of the clutch, a world-class finish in the 88th minute.
EVERTON: Olsen 5, Coleman 5, Godfrey 6, Keane 7, Mina 8, Doucoure 6, Gomes 5, Sigurdsson 5, Iwobi 7, Richarlison 5, Calvert-Lewin 6. Subs: Bernard n / a, Davies n / a, Tosun n / a a.
MAN UTD: Henderson 7, Tuanzebe 6, Bailly 6, Maguire 7, Telles 7, Matic 6, Pogba 5, Van De Beek 5, Fernandes 6, Greenwood 6, Cavani 8. Subs: Rashford n / a, Martial n / a, Shaw n / a.
24 ‘- CLOSED! An impressive Telles precision cross finds Greenwood whose header shaves a pillar.
37 ‘- GREAT SAVE! Free kick for Everton at about 30 meters, fairly central, Sigurdsson territory. The playmaker amplifies and pushes Henderson away brilliantly.
89 ‘- GOAL FOR UNITED! Martial places Cavani who shoots into the bottom corner. World class goal.
90 ‘+ 6 – GOAL FOR UNITED! From the counterattack, Martial killed the game and passed the ball past the goalkeeper.
Manchester United have won 13 consecutive away games against England’s top opponents, the longest run in the club’s history.
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