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Manchester United v Everton

Everton recorded a stunning victory at Old Trafford to end 21 years of agony and truly signal the exciting times of the Roberto Martinez era.

The Blues went toe-to-toe with United, intent on attacking with pace and verve at every opportunity.

They had to ride their luck at times - the home side hit the woodwork twice - but in the end an unlikely hero secured victory late on.

Bryan Oviedo was the man who popped up in the last few minutes to send 3,000 Evertonians wild and ultimately underline the Blues' growing stature in this league.

Bryan Oviedo

Martinez had promised Everton would go to Old Trafford to express themselves and display his preferred brand of football and the opening exchanges reflected this stance.

The first half was breathless at times with the tempo of the game similar to the Merseyside derby of eleven days prior.

Romelu Lukaku had already powered an opportunist long range effort wide before David Moyes' first excursion into his technical area drew boos from the Everton fans.

Soon after, the in-form hit man saw his shot deflected wide for a corner after Ross Barkley had robbed Shinji Kagawa in midfield.

From the flag-kick, Kevin Mirallas' flashing header was cleared off the line and then the winger's powerful drive was tipped over by David De Gea.

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Then United began to find their rhythm. Tim Howard saved well from Wayne Rooney on the quarter hour as the home made their first foray into the visitors' box.

Marouane Fellaini, booed at almost every touch, took the ball off Lukaku's toe after he'd powered through the defence to fashion a shooting chance midway through the half but Moyes' side would then enjoy their best period so far.

Kagawa was thwarted by Howard after finding space in the box and Ryan Giggs' clever header from Antonio Valencia's whipped cross drifted just wide of the far post.

Rooney almost silenced his own booers just before the half hour when he saw his shot deflect off Jagielka and wrongfoot Howard. The USA custodian was powerless to intervene until he kicked clear after the ball had come back off the inside of the post.

Everton refused to go into their shell and continued to give as good as they got. Barkley lashed a long range drive wide before Lukaku drew another good save from De Gea. This time he collected the young Engishman's brilliant cross-field pass and cut infield before testing the Spaniard with a searing low drive that was actually repelled by the keeper's knees.

Mirallas' effort seconds later was blocked on the edge of the six-yard box and then Barkley squandered a great three-on-two counter attack by overhitting his pass to Lukaku.

Half-time allowed all inside Old Trafford to draw breath but Patrice Evra's shot had Howard in action at the very start of the second period.

The pace was unabated and in the 55th minute Mirallas shot wide after a frantic period of play.

Things did slow down a bit after that so Martinez introduced Gerard Deulofeu to spice things up.

And the teenager's first act was to sprint on to Lukaku's pass and fire a hugely presentable opportunity straight at compatriot De Gea.

United's own teenage sensation Adnan Janusaj was also on as sub at by this point and he drew the best from Howard after his own run and shot in the 70th minute.

It signalled a period of pressure which Everton would have to weather. Soon Fellaini's effort on the turn was blocked away for a corner which lead to more dramatic penalty box action.

Evra's header was brilliantly saved by Howard and Danny Welbeck headed the rebound against the bar.

But the Blues refused to hang on for a draw. In the last 10 minutes Coleman was felled by Valencia on the edge of the box and Mirallas' free-kick hit the bar.

Everton kept the ball alive and when Lukaku fired it back across the box Oviedo - of all people - slammed it home to spark wild scenes on the pitch and among the Everton fans.

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