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20 For 20: Young Guns Down United

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

In a bid to discover the Club's most memorable games of the Premier League's 20 seasons, we asked fans to vote in an exclusive poll on Today, our countdown from 20 to one continues with another Goodison trip Manchester United fans will want to forget...

EVERTON 3-1 Manchester United, 20 February 2010
(Bilyaletdinov 19, Gosling 75, Rodwell 90)
Att: 39,448

Youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell were the super-sub heroes as Everton wrapped up a second momentous home win in less than a fortnight.

Twenty-year-old Gosling - last season's Merseyside derby hero - emerged from the bench as a second-half replacement for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and promptly put his side 2-1 up against the title chasers.

Rodwell, two years his junior, then stepped on for Steven Pienaar and drove powerfully through midfield to put a serious dent in United’s hopes of a record 19th title.

Jack Rodwell

The Old Trafford outfit’s only consolation is that David Moyes’ continually improving side were equally efficient in putting their nearest rivals Chelsea to the sword at Goodison 10 days ago. Once again, the Scot’s faith in youth appears to be paying dividends.

Yet, it had all started so well for the visitors. Dimitar Berbatov's clinical finish on 15 minutes had given Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the lead and a 13th win in 16 trips to this particular part of Merseyside appeared forthcoming.

Yet, the Bulgarian’s effort was immediately cancelled out by Bilyaletdinov's left-foot bullet – and then came the call for the cavalry.

Just 38 years between them, they left a goalkeeper of 39 helpless.

For a full match report, click here.





P Neville                                




Bilyaletdinov (Gosling 70)      




Pienaar (Rodwell 88)             



Manager: David Moyes                     




Van der Sar

G Neville




Valencia (Owen 80)



Park (Obertan 66)


Berbatov (Scholes 66)


Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

What They Said

"We don't have a massive squad but what it does do is allow young players to get opportunities and I can imagine how those two boys will feel now - coming on and scoring goals against Manchester United is something they won't forget in a hurry." - David Moyes

"I can't really take it because I've only come on for five minutes or whatever. The credit has to go to the lads who worked their socks off today." - Jack Rodwell on receiving the Man of the Match award

"We looked really tired. In the second half they were the better team, it’s as simple as that.” - Sir Alex Ferguson

Dan Gosling

In The News

  • 'Everybody Hurts', a charity single to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, tops the UK singles chart. Artists including Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jon Bon Jovi sing on the record.
  • Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed in a training accident at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is buried in his hometown of Bakuriani.
  • Golfer Tiger Woods makes a public apology after a series of extramarital affairs become public knowledge.
  • Thousands of people take to the streets of Niamey, Niger, in celebration of a military coup and overthrowing of president Mamadou Tandja.

What Happened Next

  • Everton lost their next two games, exiting the Europa League to Sporting Lisbon before slipping to a narrow defeat at Spurs.
  • A 5-1 thrashing of Hull City soon got the Blues back on track and they ended the campaign in eighth. 
  • This defeat proved costly for Manchester United - Chelsea pipped Sir Alex Ferguson's men to the title by just a single point.

For a full 2009/10 fixture list, click here.

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