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Everton Album: Fergie Downs United

Latest Everton Album entry recalls the time Duncan downed Man Utd.

Everton Album: Fergie Downs United

With Manchester United set to arrive at Goodison Park this Saturday for an eagerly anticipated Premier League clash, we thought we would revisit one of the Blues' most famous triumphs over the Red Devils.

This walk down memory lane takes us back to the 2004/05 season and Everton's triumphant march towards fourth place and Champions League qualification is in full swing.

Critics up and down the land had tipped the Toffees for relegation following the sale of Wayne Rooney to United, but with every result David Moyes' men served another helping of humble pie.

Everton occupied fourth place for months leading up to the run-in, but as the finishing line approached rivals Liverpool were snapping at their heels.

Yet just as it looked as though they may be reeled in, the Blues conjured a special night at Goodison as Manchester United were put to the sword.

A rousing atmosphere inside Goodison bordered on bedlam as the increasingly influential Mikel Arteta swung the ball into the box for terrace hero Duncan Ferguson to stoop and head arguably the most important goal of his Everton career.

Fergie converts an Arteta free-kick and sent the crowd wildFergie converts an Arteta free-kick and sent the crowd wild

Arteta remembers the game well; and the ‘unbelievable' atmosphere inside the ground that night.

"It was a great game for us," said the Spaniard. "It was also a very important game because we were challenging for fourth place and trying to get into the Champions League.

"I think it was a Wednesday night or something like that and the crowd was simply unbelievable. We won the game, Fergie scored the goal and we went on to get fourth place.

"It was a special night and, of course, it is always special to beat Man United."

Moyes' side were not to be denied and two weeks later a 2-0 win over Newcastle - thanks to goals from David Weir and Tim Cahill - sealed their place in the top four.

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