Manchester United 2-0 Everton: Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

Shaun Botterill

Statistics & post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, and David Moyes.

TEAM STATISTICS

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United

Everton

Shots (on target)

11 (6) 11 (2)

Total Passes Completed

366 397

Passing Accuracy

84% 81%

Ball Possession

47% 53%

Tackles won

20 22

Interceptions

28 20

Fouls

13 11

Corners

7 6

Offsides

4 1

MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 12/21 passing (57%), 0 goals conceded, 2 saves

* Jonny Evans (right-center-back | substituted off 81'): 31/35 passing (89%), 1/4 long balls, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 6 clearances (4 effective), 2 shots blocked, 2 fouls

* Nemanja Vidic (left-center-back): 26/32 passing (82%), 2/3 long balls, 0 tackles, 6 interceptions, 13 clearances (6 effective), 2 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Rafael (right-back): 44/52 passing (85%), 2 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 5/7 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 clearances (7 effective), 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls, 1 assist

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 25/30 passing (83%), 0 chances created, 0/3 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 2 clearances (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Phil Jones (central-midfield | substituted off 56'): 29/31 passing (94%), 0 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Tom Cleverley (central-midfield): 55/61 passing (90%), 0 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 3 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 37/47 passing (79%), 1 chance created, 1/4 crosses, 0/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 3 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 0 shots

* Ryan Giggs (left-winger): 26/32 passing (81%), 2 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 6 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target), 1 goal

* Wayne Rooney (secondary-striker): 37/41 passing (90%), 1 chance created, 0/2 crosses, 4/4 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 0 successful dribble, 1 fouls won, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Robin van Persie (striker): 23/28 passing (82%), 1 chance created, 1/7 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 3 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 3 shots (1 on target), 1 goal, 1 assist

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield | substituted on 56'): 14/20 passing (70%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Chris Smalling (center-back | substituted on 81'): 4/4 passing (100%), 4/4 long balls, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 1 clearance (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(On using a stronger team than planned after seeing Manchester City drop more points yesterday...) "We have got to win our games anyway, so it didn’t matter what happened to City on Saturday. That’s the way we should look at it and I’ve been saying that for week. If we concentrate on our own game then we’ll be okay. I was going to make about seven changes but when I got the result, I felt this was a more important game for us because it could give us a comfortable lead. We can make changes later on in the season. It is realistic; we knew that if we got a good result today then we’d be in a positive position."

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "The first half, I thought they dominated for 20 minutes in terms of possession and had a couple of chances from corner kicks. They had some great deliveries from Leighton Baines but we saw it through. In the second half, we played much better without scoring the goals. We were in control. They must remember bad experiences and that was one last year. In the last 15 minutes they showed a steely determination to make sure nothing happened."

(On if there are any superlatives left to describe Ryan Giggs...) "I think they have all been used up and I don’t think he needs any himself. He lives on and is a fantastic human being. Today, at 38 years of age, or 39, or he might even be 40, he was up and down the pitch and showed fantastic energy for the game. It was wonderful to see."

Ryan Giggs | MUFC legend

(On the need to keep focus for the entirety of the match...) "We had to have the concentration, we knew what happened here against Everton last year, they're a tough side. We knew that if we concentrated, we'd have a great chance."

(On his goal -- which continued on his record streak of scoring in all 21 Premier League season...) "Obviously it was an important goal in the game, that was the main thing. My goal set us off and after that we played some good stuff. We had to really, against a really good Everton team. The main thing was obviously getting the result. The performance wasn't as important but I think we played well."

(On Manchester United looking strong for the title...) "If we continue the good form and get the results, we'll be okay. We've been in really good form and we've got players on the bench or not even getting on the bench who would walk into any other team. The squad we've got at the moment is really strong and we've got to keep that up until the end of the season. We've got enough experience in the squad but you never take anything for granted. We've just got to keep playing well. The strength of the squad should see us there if everyone stays fit. But you never know what happens. You've just got to concentrate and do our job."

(On the upcoming UEFA Champions League tie with Real Madrid...) "It doesn't come any bigger than playing Real Madrid, it's a fantastic match. We'll look forward to that now."

David Moyes | EFC manager (courtesy of EvertonFC.com)

(Overall thoughts...) "I thought they [Manchester United] played very well during the opening period, but I didn’t think we helped ourselves. We got back into it but the second goal killed it for us. It was unlike us – I don’t know why we were so far up and square at the back. We gave them an opportunity to make a through pass, which Van Persie ran onto. Ossie [Leon Osman] had a good chance and we forced a couple of corner kicks. We put them under a bit of pressure and I thought we played well up until about 20-25 yards out from goal. The problem was that if we gave it away, they looked as though they could counter-attack. Wayne [Rooney] and Van Persie were very fast on the break and were always going to be a threat. We didn’t have enough when we got into the final third of the pitch today to make the difference. We did great to keep at it, albeit Manchester United had a two-goal lead and have a big game in midweek. But I thought our players stuck at it. They kept trying to earn a goal and did themselves proud with the way they played in the end."


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