Everton sink Manchester United

2009-04-19 20:03

Wembley - Tim Howard stopped two penalty kicks Sunday to give Everton a 4-2 shootout victory over Manchester United and a first FA Cup final appearance in 14 years.

The teams had drawn 0-0 through extra time of the semifinals at Wembley before the American goalkeeper blocked shots from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand to help put Everton into next month's final against Chelsea.

Defender Phil Jagielka then scored the winning kick, with only Tim Cahill missing for Everton.

A United team mostly composed of reserve players had been marginally the better side through regular time but needed goalkeeper Ben Foster to stop an extra time shot to the far post by Cahill, who was then unlucky to be denied a run on goal with 10 minutes left when the referee ruled he had won the ball with a foul.

United manager Alex Ferguson's gamble on playing a reserve team seemingly backfired as Danny Welbeck, Frederico Macheda and Darron Gibson struggled to force clear openings against an organized Everton team.

Trying to conserve resources for the continued defence of his club's Premier League and Champions League titles, Ferguson left Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar out of his squad.

His starting line-up had just 106 Premier League starts between them this season, compared to 327 for an Everton side as strong as injuries would allow.

Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were the only first-team regulars in United's starting line-up, with four players not beginning a Premier League match this season and another trio totalling just 19 starts between them.

And Everton's greater experience was further illustrated by the fact that it had more players on its line-up to have won the FA Cup, although both its former winners _ Howard and Phil Neville _ lifted the trophy while with United.

Foster, who helped United to a shootout win over Tottenham in last month's League Cup final, could not reach any of Everton's kicks and did little to impress watching England coach Fabio Capello.

He was lucky not to concede a goal in the 21st when he tried to dribble following a back pass and was pressured by former United striker Louis Saha. The French forward lunged to block a hurried clearance but the ball, which could have rebounded anywhere, hit him and dropped back into the arms of Foster, who was stranded on the ground.

Leighton Baines, Neville, James Vaughan and Jagielka smashed their penalty kicks past him, with Cahill sending his kick - Everton's first - high over the bar.


  • lance - 2009-04-19 21:36

    Oh well, The F.A. cup is a minor cup compared. Chelsea are favourists to in the minoues cup. United have more important cups to win.So this is a blessing in disguse.

  • Ryan - 2009-04-19 22:04

    Go the Toffees!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 00:05

    hahahaha!!! one cup gone.. we're cumin after the rest

  • Ruan - 2009-04-20 06:39

    Go TOFFEES!!!!!

  • Louis - 2009-04-20 07:03

    Not going to win as many as thought hey? United young ones not as good as the The Young Gunners.

  • Magno - 2009-04-20 07:24

    Rubbish soccer to watch ! Why get to the semi's and then throw it away !!!!! It shows a lack of respect to the fans and the competition itself ! Chelsea now has a walk in the park and their fans must be smiling at how it all went down !

  • Serge - 2009-04-20 07:55

    No man Lance, dont be a sore loser... What happened to 5 this season. The FA Cup is as biggest CUP in England. Dont fool yourself. Furgeson took a gamble and he lost. Well done to Everton for beating you.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 07:59

    I love the Heading ( Everton sink Manchester United) Minor Ja right hahahaha

  • SHaYa - 2009-04-20 08:00

    Very boring football, just can't understand how cud Queen Ferguson expect to win with a reserve side...well that's the FA Cup gone, next the Champions League.

  • maxie - 2009-04-20 08:07

    Sorry Louis but ''The Young Gunners'' did loose 3-0 incase you forgot. Berbatov gave the worst penalty I`ve ever seen in my life...

  • Shaheen - 2009-04-20 08:33

    With all the heavy fixtures in recent weeks, the top players had to get a rest at some stage. And Fergie took a massive gamble with the FA Cup semi. Should have had a penalty though, but that's football, some days you get it, others you don't. It's still hugely disappointing to go out having reached the semi finals. But well done to Everton, they deserve it and wiould like to see them life the trophy. Will be a feather in the hat of David Moyes who's done brilliantly over the years with very very limited resources. And to those "so called" United fans who say the FA Cup is a minor trophy? Are you guys for real? It's the oldest Cup competition in the world! Please guys don't make narrow minded comments like that. We lost it on a gamble, and it was too big an occasion for the youngsters. Just to put things in perspective... I've said it the entire season, "It would be a momentous achievement if United were to win all 5 trophies, however that would be unlikely..." and what did I say a few weeks ago? "United will get knocked out of one of the Cups..." Anyways, hope the rested players come out guns blazing for the Portsmouth and Tottenham matches next week. ONE UNITED!

  • nash - 2009-04-20 08:37

    @lance: haha now the FA cup is a minor cup, the other day u's were going on about being carling cup champs, mmm wonder if u would say champions league is awso a minor cup

  • UMTESHI - 2009-04-20 08:48

    well done da Toffees.this result must be da best 4 da other non man.utd supporters. 2 droll in their clubs non achiements thus far

  • THE SCOUSER - 2009-04-20 09:17

    lance hahaha typical.... enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 09:25

    bwaahahaha! excuses excuses! LOL SINKED UNITED LOL LOL and 5 cups? ja right, more like no cups! oh ja, that other 2 minor ones!! To all the united fans that crit liverpool, eat dirt! no champions league, no fa and defintely no premier league for furgy and the losers! so now we just waiting on the gunners to show why united should wear skirts! LOL you shold learn from Liverpool! LOL

  • Shaheen - 2009-04-20 09:40

    @Anonymous User4/20/2009 9:25 AM: We should learn from Liverpool? So that means United should not have won 10 Premier Leagues then since Liverpool has, wait let me think, um.. one, no... two... oh wait... how could I forget... they have ZERO. Dude, quit bragging over petty things, United competed on Five fronts this season, and came pretty close, and we're still in the hunt for the Champions League and top of the League (with a game in hand). Where's Liverpool? Breathing in the trail of dust that United have left them in all competitions! So why should we learn from Liverpool? Unless you're saying we should take a page from your books and win NOTHING? Wow, that's some pride you have there buddy ;). Anyways, let's see if you guys can beat Arsenal on Tuesday... no wait, the ref has to send an Arsenal player off, grant Liverpool a penalty, and a hoof forward to win that one too....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 09:43

    So fergie says rafa is arrogant. laughable coming from him since he put out a 2nd string side in an FA cup semi, how arrogant is that? now he's whining about the pitch, didn't here him whine about the pitch in Moscow last year. yup, the pressure is starting to tell on the old man. quint what again????

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 09:49

    I must admit as a loyal MU supporter waiting all week to see my team play in the semis, I was a little disappointed when I saw the team sheet for the game - probably not nearly as disappointed as the thousands of supporters that made the trip to Wembley though. As passionate as I am about my team winning trophies - and the FA cup is a premier trophy to win I have to admire Fergies pragmatism on the day - there are some big fixtures coming up and at the beginning of the season he did state categorically that the PL and CL are his main focus areas for the season. He therefore took a huge gamble with the team he played on Sunday and he almost pulled it off - imagine if the penalty was rightfully awarded the headline news would have read "United Reserves beat Everton". Also the fact that he shielded all of the young stars from taking the spot kicks in the end was also a sign of his experience in grooming these young potential stars - why put them through the anxieties of that moment. Why he did not allow Tevez to kich ahead of Berbatov or Ferdinand remains a mystery to me though. BTW - what about the ref - should he not be red-carded for the shocker he had. Apart for the penalty incident he literally made some terrible decisions against Everton in the latter stages of the game. Should receive a 3-match ban for his sub-par performance

  • $$$ & $ - 2009-04-20 09:50

    Amzingly only the times Utd win trophies are they ever of importance. The rest of the times they are mearge trophies.

  • Craig - 2009-04-20 10:21

    Hahaha minor cup, its not surprising that that always comes from a Utd supporter and it was well expected. Utd had the easiest of draws in all competions this season,( dont deny this scum supporters) and finally they meet a team of little significance, they crumble. Go Toffees!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Stretford Faithful - 2009-04-20 10:29

    Im sorry people but there is no such thing as a minor cup to win a trophy shows that your team is capable of beating the best and how is the champions league better than the club cup fine its more prestigious but come on the best in europe against the best in the world is that really something that is minor that was the dumbest statement ever which was started by stupid scousers annoyed at not being included in anything and now im ashamed to see united fans agreeing with them it would have been nice to see chelsea in the final but at the end of the day although our youngsters played brilliantly we were unable to finish them off and mike riley should hunted down and put to sleep how can you not call that a penalty

  • The Mike Riley Fund - 2009-04-20 10:41

    Hi everyone this is just a quick note to inform everyone that a fund has been set up for a Mr M Riley, please include any charitable donations to a good cause your money will be put to good use which includes: A personal trainer so he can actually get to the centre of play and make decisions, an eyesight examination complete with patented laser surgery so he might be able to actually see the bad plays when they happen, a football rule book which can be read in order to know his job properly and last but not least a medical aid policy which specilises in the correct treatment of broken fingers knee caps and skulls which in the long run would not be conducive for his good health, so please all football fans dig deep make it worthwhile sell your children but please contribute to this charitable organisation, you can take the lead from a Mr R Benitez of McDonalds Spain who has donated a substantial amount already and a Mr D Moyes of Scotland who made a last minute donation at 16:55 on sunday night

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 10:48

    @ Shaheen. my comment was for the "So called United Fans" you know the ones that only knows ronaldo LOL but as a loyal football supporter, i will confirm the ManU is indeed a fantastic side. they have the ability to play good football and also have been the form team in recent years. though you have to admit boss, Liverpool is indeed a class act and defintately one if not the big gun along with chelsea, arsenal and ManU! Yes we failed succeed in both fa and champions league but that should not measure a sides true capabilities and class. teams loose guy...just like you did the weekend and thats sport.

  • utd till i die - 2009-04-20 10:51

    Anonymous User 4/20/2009 9:43 AM our reserve team drew 0 - 0 with everton, liverpools first team lost to everton, if i were you save your comments for next season, liverpool are definately not winning anything this season for sure

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 11:02

    @ The Stressful Faithful LOL How does it seem you have your tail in between your legs?? LOL your tone and statements last week were somewhat contrary to what you saying now LOL you uhm seemed to have walked out of another trophy...just like liverpool aparently! But dont worry, you still have more chances to loose the PL and CL. and dont fight now with your own supporters over their statements! You should try to adopt to YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE! this way you can stand together LOL but seems as if you loyals are starting to destruct now already...just like the old Fergy and school boy team! Sink Sink Sink LOL shame man :-) mwah my kind!

  • Leigh - 2009-04-20 11:03

    Att: Lance and the others ..... the English FA cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in football AND THAT IS A FACT..... ask many of the world's leading players who play or have played in the english league.... Don't do this dude .... it is not nice .... you lost .. rather wish Everton the best ...

  • Mulalo - 2009-04-20 11:09

    Man united has been lucky in the last six games but yesterday luck deserted them. My prediction is that Man united will only win either the premiership or champions league and not both. Just to state the obvious, that was the most boring FA semi final ever.

  • Carlsberg - 2009-04-20 11:09

    Shaheen, Liverpool DOES NOT need penalties or players sent off to win matches! I'm so sick of stupid comments like that! Players get sent off all the time, but you only ever hear Man U fans complaining! It wasn't thanks to the ref that we thrashed you 4-1! Liverpool have won more than 30 matches in all competitions this season, and how many times has someone been sent off against them?? Maybe 3 or 4 times? Thats no different from any other side! Its a sad, pathetic excuse though from a bunch of very bad loosers...

  • United Fan Counsellor - 2009-04-20 11:18

    @utd til i die. are you like still hung over because you were trying to drown your sorrows!? how can you ABC in football?? how about 2-1 and 4-1?? Last time i checked you were OUT of the FA due to a LOSS to everton! if you were so called better than pool against them, you would have been preparing to face chelsea! but ja, let me guess, you one of those supporters your own peeps are insulting! idiot! go coach the girls team!

  • The Stretford Faithful - 2009-04-20 11:32

    Tail between my legs judging by your comments you know less than nothing about football probably a scouser, and how exactly has my veiws changed another stupid un thought out comment made by 12 year olds, Our defence was brilliant on sunday everton are ridiculously good on crosses and in the air and which is how they managed to defeat liverfool and yet only about 3 shots made it any where near the goal post im sorry retard but bad play didnt sink us yesterday the penalties did now when you've thought of something intelligent to say which is going to be a challenge i know i'll give you time maybe we'll talk otherwise maybe you you should consider knowing what youre talking about before that gob of yours opens again

  • lobo - 2009-04-20 12:05

    Hey, untd till i die, yes we did lose to Everton, but we beat you, or have you forgotten. Let me remind you, 4-1. Does that sound familiar?

  • Steven - 2009-04-20 12:26

    90% of Manchester Utd supporters are glory hunters who know nothing about football. Fact!!!!!!!!!

  • utd till i die - 2009-04-20 12:37

    @united fan counsellor - you should counsel these liverpool supporters who commenting on this article, you sound like you really good at it. Firstly we lost to liverpool twice, were are we on the log, if my doesnt deceive me we are still number one(translate for liverpool supporters numero uno) liverpool did the double over us the greatest team in the world at the moment and still chasing manutd, there is something really wrong with that statement. bottom line is big mouths and big talks dont win you leagues, consistentcy wins you leagues. there is only two things liverpool is consistent in, 1:complaining 2:not winning the laegue in the last twenty years or so. winning something then talk.

  • utd till i die - 2009-04-20 12:38

    @united fan counsellor - you should counsel these liverpool supporters who commenting on this article, you sound like you really good at it. Firstly we lost to liverpool twice, were are we on the log, if my doesnt deceive me we are still number one(translate for liverpool supporters numero uno) liverpool did the double over us the greatest team in the world at the moment and still chasing manutd, there is something really wrong with that statement. bottom line is big mouths and big talks dont win you leagues, consistentcy wins you leagues. there is only two things liverpool is consistent in, 1:complaining 2:not winning the laegue in the last twenty years or so. winning something then talk.

  • utd till i die - 2009-04-20 12:44

    mr lobo does that make liverpool a better team than united, if so then middlesborough, stoke, should all better than liverpool am i right.

  • THE SCOUSER - 2009-04-20 12:51

    steven you couldn't have put it any better....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 12:56

    The Mike Riley Fund 4/20/2009 10:41 AM- my friend this is the ref who has given utd more PK's than any other ref in the league.FACT.dont complain..i think a fund should be set up for you.CRY BABIES ANONYMOUS

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 12:58

    A few weeks ago, Macheda was the best thing since sliced bread ... Also, sure i saw the likes of Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Tevez, Berbatov, Scholes, Anderson, etc on the pitch ? Suddenly they are "reserve" team players ?

  • The Stretford Faithful - 2009-04-20 12:59

    100% of steven is a plonker who thinks statistics are the most important thing FACT

  • Shaheen - 2009-04-20 13:16

    @Carlsberg: You know as well as I do that there are some supporters from both sides (yourself included) that try to post objective comments. It just irritates the crap out of me to read rubbish posts and retaliate with a cheap stab at the opposition (we're all guilty of that). You only ever hear Man United fans complain hehe... We will only hear Liverpool fans complain in return. That's just how it is and will never change such is the rivalry between the two sets of opposition fans. Of course everyone plays against ten men during the season and gets penalties, bad decisions... it's all part of the game. So if someone takes a cheap stab at you, why not retaliate? Just don't make a habit out of it I suppose.

  • Magno - 2009-04-20 13:30

    Common guys !! If Fergie didn't think the FA was important - so be it !! but to blame the REF !! The soccer was poor ! Chelsea / Liverpool in the BIG cup was a game that every football fan could enjoy That is what sport is all about !! It's not just about winning and loosing - - - and let me tell you about the Da Silva twins - prettier than the Nevilles and very quick, BUT TOO SMALL. What a difference Evra made - OK I know it's early days for them, but without BIG central defenders there will be plenty of goals a begging.There is such a big difference between the real team and the wannabes ....

  • Steven - 2009-04-20 13:43

    @ TSF majority of people from Manchester support Manchester City, and not "Salford Utd" lmao, but good one anyway lol.

  • Chelsea - 2009-04-20 13:55

    I have to echo the sentiments from Anonymous User 4/20/2009 12:58 PM. The only players missing were rooney, ronaldo & Van der sar, Suddenly the rest of the team are reserve players. This is a pathetic excuse to Man U and their Fans, dont worry the gullible will always believe in the SAF. Its sad that Man U fans blame their second string players for losing to Everton. I have to admit that 5 will become 4 & 4 will become 3 and 3 will become 2. My predictions are Chelsea for League, FA Cup & UCL. GO Blues go.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-04-20 13:59

    Unlucky Red Devils. No shame in going out on penalties. It really is a lottery. As for some of the statements about the United "RESERVES" + Anderson, Evra, Tevez, Berbatov, Scholes, etc...(all of whom would walk into any team) holding Everton to 0-0, complete bollocks. That's 1 thing I really hate about 90% of Utd supporters (not true supporters of football). You lot never give credit where it is due. Everton are a well organized team and have done well under Moyes, as Shaheen said. A full strength Utd would also have had a game on their hands. I recall you guys battling to a 1-0 win against them in January. This game was never going to be a stroll in the park. Everton are always tough to play. Any true football supporter should know that. As for the Toffees in the final - hope they get their @sses handed to them by Chelsea. May the best team win. As for us against the Gunners tomorrow - Hope the game's not as open as the Chelsea game last week. We need results now, not entertainment. Go Rafa!! Go!!!

  • Richard - 2009-04-20 14:02

    In 5 years time the record book will still read Everton beat Manu FERGUSON RESPECT YOUR OPPOSITION

  • The Stretford Faithful - 2009-04-20 14:06

    Anonymous User@4/20/2009 12:56 PM Thanks for another useless statistic stop worrying about the penalties he did give united and concentrate on the one he didnt which could have won the game for united, it was a ridiculously bad call everyone agrees with that even Moyes if you want to have an opinion make sure its not biased and stupid one

  • FRED THE RED!!! - 2009-04-20 14:15

    liverpool fans very happy that united are out of a cup that they werent even in contention for??? grow up lads/ladies! fair enuf United lost.........BUT playing without their ''stars'' United managed to take Everton to a Penalty shoot out!!! i mite be mistaken but isnt that the same side that booted Liverpools 1st team squad out of the very same Competition??? as far i can see on this blog there are just a bunch of ''anti-United'' BALAS!!! anon@12.58 did u even watch the game??? 3 out of the six players that u mentioned all came on as subs fair enuf it wasnt an entire Reserve side but it was bulk of them.....just an indication of wat Sir Alex has waitin in the ranks!!! all in all my view was that Alex tawt he could pull it off with the Lighties but it didnt work out but wat are you gonna do when the fixtures are piling up like this (something that u scouse punks know nothing about)!!! Fergie said himself that it would be too difficult to pull off the quintiple too many fixtures too many injuries!!! Onward United theres still work to be done Defending both the premiership and Champs League Titles!!! oh and Steven you talk of Glory Hunters i would bet my next Pay check that you are a LFC supporter stealing all the glory from your Neighbour Everton??? wat a shame!!! GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED STILL TWO CUPS AND A SHIELD AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 14:20

    So Sorry, to all your Liverpool & United Fans, you'll are all waiting for Arsenal to do the work so either supports can celebrate.....

  • GeePMB - 2009-04-20 14:23

    To all you bitter and twisted Man U fans, stop blaming Riley for not giving the penalty, what about carding Cahill after a legit tackle when he was goal bound! You forget about that! Riley has bowed and scraped to Ferguson for too long now (Check his penalty count for Man U in the games he has reffed). Ferguson showed blatant disregard for the FA cup and ts rich history. It's the oldest cup competition and is the showcase at the end of the season. The Carling Cup and the Charity Shield are nothing compared to it. Everton may have played "boring" football but at least Moyes put out his strongest side, given all the injuries he has to key players. As for the comments by earlier posters that Moyes "paid into the Mike Riley Fund" you are contemptuous. Riley has hurt Everton more times than one wants to remember in past games and is certainly not Moyes' first choice of referee and in fact was disappointed when he found out that Riley was replacing the original first choice ref. Bottom line is Everton are IN the final and there wont be a red shirt in site on May 30, 2009 - It's an "All-Blue" final so UP YOURS Ferguson and Man U supporters!! TOFFEE'S FOREVER!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-20 14:35

    i wonder if all these ManUre fans who hate scousers so much (and after yesterday who can blame them), also hate Rooney, coz' the last i checked, he is a scouser !