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Everton 3 United 1

Confidence has been flying high at Old Trafford; the performance at Villa and the win in the San Siro epitomising a squad with belief and determination. Taking the lead in the sunshine at Goodison seemed to be a natural continuation of that, but from that moment onwards it was a nightmare day. Everton’s determination fully entitled them to beat us, and Chelsea’s unconvincing win at Wolves was a further kick in the teeth. This was potentially a significant day in the title race and one that puts United in a real position of disadvantage, and that makes the home games against Liverpool and Chelsea must win matches. While the team did not deserve much more from the game, United’s support was absolutely sensational. The home fans were silenced for long periods and the Reds went through their usual repetoire of tunes, as well as some decent banter with the scousers. One fat bloke particuarly caught our attention and was baited with a long list of amusing chants including “Two seats, you’re taking up two seats”!

With around twenty minutes to go we were told that we would be held in after the match, which was unnecessary and irritating. As the third goal went in piled towards the exit gates and pushed out befoe the police had time to organise their lock in. I have not left a game early for years and years, but this was well judged as the final whistle sounded only a few minutes later anyway by which time we were well out of our way out of Liverpool - always better than being on your way there.

So, time will tell how damaging this loss was but, on the face of it, it really could have been terrible. In recent weeks we have looked superb and all of a sudden Chelsea have pulled away a little further. I can see it slipping away now as so many tough games lie ahead but let’s also see how Chelsea do against City next week after they have played in Europe.

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