A delighted Gareth Barry said Everton got their just rewards for being brave at Old Trafford and taking the game to Manchester United.
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s contest, Blues boss Roberto Martinez had called for his players to ‘enjoy’ the challenge of facing the Premier League champions on their own patch.
And that was exactly what Everton did.
While most visitors to Old Trafford are content to park the bus, the Toffees enjoyed just four per cent less possession than their hosts, peppering David de Gea with no less than 15 shots at goal.
Barry was part of the Manchester City side that famously beat the Red Devils 6-1 two seasons ago. Now he can boast another fabulous success at the Theatre of Dreams.
He told evertontv: “We spoke before about how long it had been since Everton had won here and how we have a great team, are playing well and that we should go out there with confidence. That’s what we did.
“We had some great chances throughout the game and we thoroughly deserved the three points.
“They [Manchester United] are obviously going to have a good spell in the game – they had one in the second half with a few waves of attacks.
“But Tim made a couple of great saves and the manager made a bold substitution and left players up front. We didn’t sit back and play for a draw. We waited for the counter-attack and caused them problems. It was a great result.”
Another testing away-day is next on Everton’s fixture list, this time a trip to London to face pace-setting Arsenal who maintained their four-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 home victory over Hull City on Wednesday.
Barry, who overshadowed former Toffee Marouane Fellaini with an impeccable, faultless and understated display at Old Trafford, sees no reason why the Blues cannot return from the capital with a third straight win, given the manner of their showing against David Moyes’ side.
“It was a chance to make a statement,” Barry added. “You are going to a massive club like United and when you can get three points here it will boost confidence going into future games.
“Now we go to Arsenal on the back of this and we will be confident going there.”
Barry also reserved a few words for hero Bryan Oviedo who sent the travelling Everton army wild with his clinical late winner.
He continued: “Bryan has had to be really patient and wait for his chance but when it has come he has grabbed it. Leighton has been unlucky with his injury but Bryan has filled in really well.
“Two goals in two games is a fantastic start for him.”
Barry and Ross Barkley will be at Everton One between 5-6pm on Tuesday 10 December to meet supporters as they pick up their Christmas shopping.
Barry will also be back at Goodison Park on 14 December to take on Fulham. Click here to book your seat to join them.
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