Man United V Everton, April 2012: Video, highlights, as-it-happens commentary… Hello and welcome to Old Trafford where we have United facing Everton – a win here will be a massive step toward yet another title.But you have Everton in great form. Put aside the recent loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi, they are playing out of their skins. A classic encounter? More than ever!
47 mins: First period of attack going to Everton. a long-range free kick is flicked for a corner. It's bent in and this time it's Ferdinand to flicks it away. Neville setting up for a long throw... straight to united.
Second half underway - perfectly balanced. no changes to the line ups and so far it's Rooney and Jelavic with the goals.
48 mins: Great ball in and Scholes gets a get to it, bouces about a bit and then Welbeck heads just wide. Video up soon.
47 mins: Distan done for a foul for pushing Rooney off the ball but it was shoulder-to-shoulder surely. Oh, a card too. Harsh.
42 mins: Nani now having a shot on goal. It seems that United have just kicked into another gear.
40 mins: Wayne Rooney scores! Video up. Rooney was on hand against his old club to score his 33rd goal for the season and 179th for the club, equal fourth all-time goalscorer for Manchester United with George Best and Dennis Viollet. Evra laid it down the line to Nani who checked back on his right boot and bent one in towards the goal, Wayne Rooney first to it with a glancing header past Howard in the Everton net.
34 mins: Scholes smashes a cleared header from a corner and it takes a wicked deflection with Howard adjusting just in time and hanging o to it. Video up.
33 mins: GOAL Everton! Jelavic gets his head to it at the back post and lobs it over de Gea giving him no chance. Video up.
31 mins: The efforts on Howard's goal are increasing in number if not quality. Video up of another one from Nani.
30 mins: Gibson with a mile of room outside the United penalty area and he accepts the invitation to shot and it's not a bad effort. Video up.
29 mins: A sweet turn from Rooney gets his around Jagielka and United moving in the right direction... he lays off to Nani but it gets trapped under his feet and the play breaks down.
27 mins: Great wee triangles from Everton and Ferdinand calls on all his experience to clear for a corner under pressure from Jelavic. Everton's first corner and de Gea shouts for it but doesn't get there... lucky it fell to a United player.
24 mins: First corner of the match to United but Wayne Rooney bends one right into the hands of the keeper Howard.
22 mins: United now streaming forward and it was Welbeck that took the ball away from Jagielka beautifully and in one fluid motion but his shot is covered by the defender.
19 mins: Neville sets up for a long throw and then goes short, back to Neville and he delivers with Valencia just doing enough to force Distin's header off target.
16 mins: Everton give Scholes some room from distance and they will do that at their peril... he positions the ball with a couple of touches and then lets fly. Video up.
14 mins: Rooney does well to get above Jagielka but can't get his header on target.
12 mins: Valencia bending a cross away from goal to the edge of the box but it's a tad behind Rooney and finds Nani loose at the back, one touch, a push to the right and he tries to bend one into the bottom corner, but wide. Then Nani finds half a yard of room in a similar position and cracks another one straight at Howard. Video up of both shots.
7 mins: Geez this is a real 'unlike United' start for united. passes being wellied into touch by yards, short balls going to opposition players... and because of it the 50:50s are falling for the men in blue too. Everton are pressing the game.
4 mins: A couple of stray passes from the usually precise United so far. Jelavic makes a great diagonal run and Osman finds him, he shoots as he's running on the angle and De Gea is forced into action. Video up. It's been mostly Everton.
2 mins: Casual start to the match until Everton's Pienaar plays the ball into Osman and he shoots, blocked by Ferdinand and he climbs again to head wide.
Everton on the ball... and we're underway...
Sir Alex applauds the crowd and we're nearly there folks... kick off...
Here are the official teams...
Man Utd (4-4-1-1): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Nani; Rooney; Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Jones, Smalling, Park, Giggs, Young, Hernandez.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Neville; Heitinga, Fellaini; Osman, Gibson, Pienaar; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Barkley, Cahill, Stracqualursi, Anichebe, McFadden, Gueye.
What a day we have ahead of us, first Manchester United v Everton, then manchester City v Wolves. Will the Premiership title race take a giant leap forward at the end of today?
Kick off is not far away so in the meantime watch highlight and all goals as Man U thrash Aston villa 4-4