Manchester United's hopes of a top four finish are still alive after they recorded a 1-0 win at home to Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. The only goal of a rather unspectacular game was scored by Anthony Martial early in the second half.
Everton made a bright start to the match, but fortunately Daley Blind was surprisingly comfortable in his dealings with Toffees top scorer Romelu Lukaku. United managed to weather what was not an early storm so much as a slight drizzle.
Alas, they could only give as good as they got, and though United looked increasingly dangerous as the clock ticked on, they failed to test Everton keeper Joel Robles. Anthony Martial went closest in the first half with a venomous effort that clipped the thigh of Leighton Baines before flashing wide.
According to Opta, the halftime whistle meant a Premier League match at Old Trafford was goalless at the interval for the 10th time in 15 this season. The onlooking Bobby Charlton seemed unimpressed on the day the South Stand was officially renamed in his honour, though admittedly that's probably because unimpressed is his only facial expression.
Fortunately it didn't take long for things to change in the second half, with three of United's youngsters combining for the lead. A smart flick by Marcus Rashford was swept towards the back post by substitute Timothy Fosu-Mensah, with Martial duly tucking home at the far post. It was a goal from nowhere.
A couple of minutes later Everton almost equalised, though Phil Jagielka's header rocketed back off the crossbar with David de Gea rooted to the spot.
The game appeared, rather ominously, to be opening out, but the next clear-cut chance didn't come until inside the final 10 minutes, when Jagielka was again denied on an Everton corner. This time de Gea was to thank, with the Spaniard making a fine block from point-blank range to earn United the points. It wasn't a classic, but they all count.