On the final matchday of the 2017/18 season, Everton and just five other clubs played their 1,000th Premier League game, being the only ever-presents since its inception in 1992. Over the summer, evertonfc.com will be looking back at some classic Toffees clashes from the past 26 years. Today, we recall the time Everton gave Manchester United a leg up in the title race – then promptly took it away…
EVERTON 3-1 Manchester United
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Back in the 2009/10 campaign, Chelsea and Manchester United were in a two-horse race for the Premier League crown.
And, in the February of that season, Everton faced both sides back-to-back.
Recognising that Goodison was never an easy place to go, United fans were hoping the Blues could do them a favour by taking points off Carlo Ancelotti’s men. And that they did with a come-from-behind 2-1 win courtesy of Louis Saha's fine brace.
That closed the gap to just one point. But could United thrive where their title rivals had faltered?
When Dimitar Berbatov struck after just 16 minutes, it looked like Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were well on their way to doing exactly that.
But, just as they had done the previous week, the Toffees rallied and fought back.
Just three minutes later, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's thunderous strike restored parity, before Everton won it late on.
Steven Pienaar’s cross was turned home by Dan Gosling and then Jack Rodwell strode forward and buried a shot past Edwin van der Sar to wrap up the victory.
The result was all the more impressive given the fact David Moyes’ men had welcomed Sporting Lisbon to Goodison for a midweek UEFA Cup tie, beating the Portuguese outfit 2-1.
The Blues ultimately finished eighth that season, two points off a place in Europe, with Chelsea just about clinching the title, edging United by a point.
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