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Carabao Cup – Everton V Manchester United: Late Show By Cavani And Martial See United Through To The Semis

When United visited Goodison Park earlier this season they left with all three points thank to goals from Bruno Fernandes (2) and Edinson Cavani. Both teams had made changes for tonight’s encounter as the fixtures are starting to pile up.

United came flying out of the traps and almost took the lead when Pogba’s backheel found Van de Beek. But the Dutchman’s low drive was well blocked by Michael Keane. The home side were all over the place and Olsen in the Everton goal looked a bag of nerves. He’d already looked uncomfortable from a number of crosses before he almost gifted Cavani with a tap in.

At the ten minute mark United had already had 5 corners and everyone of them had caused a problem. Surely they would make one count sooner rather than later?

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Greenwood was causing huge problems for Everton and on the 20th minute his clever header clipped the post before going out for a goal kick. Really unlucky but you felt it wouldn’t be his last chance. United were doing everything but score, they were all over their hosts. Cavani was causing havoc for the Everton defence and Olsen had to deny him twice in quick succession to keep the score at 0-0.

Finally the home side grew into the game and Sigurdsson saw his free kick well saved by Dean Henderson. The resulting corner came to nothing but the home side had certainly turned it up a notch. Half time arrived and United should really of been a couple of goals up. Would they be made to pay for their missed chances?

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Everton started the second half much better than the first and Iwobi was already looking busy. Just after half time Richarlison was involved in a nasty clash of heads and as a result was replaced by the pacey Bernard.

The second half was proving to be a more even affair than the first, Everton were now getting into areas that they weren’t in the before. Doucoure had got himself into a number of good areas but his final pass letting him down.

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With just over 25 minutes to go Solskjaer made two changes. Rashford and Martial replaced Mason Greenwood and Donny van de Beek. Everton now had to be careful with how many bodies they were committing forward with the pace United had on the pitch.

Pogba was having another good game and when he was fouled United had a free kick in a dangerous area. Telles stepped up but his shot went high over Olsen’s bar. The game was becoming stretched and you felt one goal would be enough to win it. Everton came forward in search of a winner and Sigurdsson’s diving header went just wide.

Cavani had been threatening all game and with two minutes to go he put United ahead! Martial found the Uruguayan and he cut inside before firing a left foot strike into the bottom corner. no chance for Olsen and United had a deserved lead. Fantastic finish!

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Everton piled forward desperately trying to get an equalizer but in doing so they left themselves wide open at the back. United caught them on the counter and Fernandes was so close to making it 2 as his right foot strike hit the bar. Olsen was beaten all ends up.

Everton were still alive but were running out of time. Godfrey’s dangerous ball in was claimed confidently by Henderson to take the pressure off his team. United were nearly there.

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In the fifth minute of added on time Everton got caught on the break after committing a number of bodies forward. United broke and Rashford played a delightful pass into Martial who calmly slotted the ball past Olsen to make it 2-0. Brilliant counter attack and its a finish that we’ve seen time and time again from Martial.

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The final whistle went and Solskjaer’s side were through to the semi finals. United had been the much better side. They’d dominated the game and had a number of good chances, Everton couldn’t complain with the result.

United will now face Manchester City where the winner will face either Tottenham or Brentford in the final.

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Andrew Belcher
35. Sports Coach. Manchester United season ticket holder ⚽

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