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Manchester United 3 Everton 0

With just two wins in their last five Premier League games Manchester United were looking to keep the pressure on title rivals Chelsea ahead of their clash with Everton at Old Trafford. Thankfully for Sir Alex Ferguson's side a The Toffees were in an obliging mood.

David Moyes was without seven first team regulars including Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka, Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar but United were also missing Rio Ferdinand, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans and Dimitar Berbatov through injury.

In the Bulgarian's absence, Ferguson chose to partner Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney up front for just the second time this season. However, the two players failed to find any understanding and don't appear to have much potential as a forward pairing.

United took the lead on 35 minutes when Darren Fletcher smashed an Antonio Valencia header past Tim Howard from the edge of the box. Dutch international Jonny Heitinga went close for Everton early in the second half but the game was effectively over as a contest when Michael Carrick scored midway through the second half.

Valencia bagged United's third with the aid of a deflection to make sure of the points and leave his side five points behind league leaders Chelsea at the top of the table.

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