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20 For 20: Dunc's Devilish Repeat

The rundown of our most memorable Premier League games continues.

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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 evertonfc.com. Today, our countdown from 20 to one continues with Big Dunc's second sinking of the Red Devils...

EVERTON 1-0 Manchester United, 20 April 2005
(Ferguson 55)
Att: 37,160

Goodison Park has witnessed its fair share of monumental nights down the decades but this Duncan Ferguson-inspired victory over the eight-times Premiership champions will sit right up there with the best.

The omnipotent Scot harassed and hassled and scored the only goal of the game as Manchester United crumbled under the weight of a heated atmosphere in a stadium half the size yet no less intimidating than their own.

The outcome was an exact repeat of the last time the Toffees beat Sir Alex Ferguson's men on Merseyside an entire decade ago. And it was the least David Moyes' warriors deserved as their unlikely march towards the Champions League continued.

The opening exchanges were simply frantic.

As early as the eighth minute, Everton old boy Wayne Rooney stung the palms of Nigel Martyn with a trademark snapshot from 20 yards. Roy Keane then clattered Tim Cahill and set the tone for a battle that lasted all evening long.

With two men up front, Everton certainly asked questions of United during the opening half hour, but although Ferguson's power looked to be troubling Rio Ferdinand, Tim Howard in the visitors' net remained untested.

Creativity was often stifled by the sheer work ethic employed by both sides and the fixture carried all the hallmarks of a heavyweight, top-of-the-table collision.

The first half was ultimately epitomised by the enthralling battle between Cahill and Keane; the Everton midfielder – all energy and purpose - just about edging it. Indeed, it seems unlikely the United captain had a tougher 45 minutes all season.

But it wasn’t just Keane, United were rattled. And when Gabriel Heinze mis-controlled a poor pass from Rooney it allowed the quick-thinking Marcus Bent a sniff of goal. Fortunately for the Argentine, the Everton man got right underneath his first-time shot and thumped the ball high into the stands.

The hosts were enjoying life on top however, and a Cahill overhead kick soon had Wes Brown hacking off the line.

Yet United should have taken the lead within five minutes of the restart. Paul Scholes beat the offside trap and it took a terrific save from Martyn to halt the carrot-topped schemer in his tracks.

Former Everton manager Joe Royle was honoured on the pitch at the break and it was highly appropriate that Ferguson should pick the occasion to roll back the years with a vintage centre-forward display.

An idol in these parts, the giant front man was a total menace to the visiting back line on the ground and in the air, winning towering headers and harrying defenders into hurried passes or meagre clearances straight into touch.

Deservedly, his 55th-minute winner was a cracker.

Mikel Arteta whipped in a free-kick from the left and big Fergie dived in front of Ferdinand to power an unstoppable header past Howard.

Martyn still had to be alert to thwart Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ruud van Nistelrooy as Ferguson's title-chasers attempted a desperate salvage job.

But Gary Neville saw red with 17 minutes remaining after inexplicably thundering the ball into the crowd, and when Rooney passed over a gilt-edged chance near the end the home fans knew this was to be their night.

A second yellow card for Scholes saw United’s numbers reduced to nine in injury time but it was already settled. One army of men led by a Ferguson had well and truly tormented another.

Line-Ups

Everton
                                  
Martyn
Hibbert
Yobo
Weir
Watson
Arteta
Carsley
Cahill (McFadden 86)
Kilbane
Bent (Osman 76)
Ferguson (Beattie 80)

Manager: David Moyes         

Manchester United               

Howard
G.Neville
Ferdinand
Brown (Silvestre 72)
Heinze
Ronaldo
Keane
Scholes
Fletcher (O'Shea 76)
Rooney
Van Nistelrooy

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

What They Said

"Duncan Ferguson's got a great record against United and it was a factor in his selection. He didn't let anybody down." - David Moyes

"There's intimidation from supporters, you're always going to get that and there was plenty of that today, but it's a derby game and Gary Neville should know better and should never have done it." - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson refuses to excuse Gary Neville after the defender angrily kicked a ball into the crowd

"I think it's been one of the greatest nights in Goodison history. The derby in December was a great atmosphere, especially in the way we won that game, but this game definitely was on a par." - Lee Carsley

"There's something special about playing under the floodlights at Goodison. Every time I play here at night the atmosphere seems to go up a notch. This was a big, big win." - Kevin Kilbane

In The News

  • White smoke bellows at the Vatican as, after four ballots, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the new Pope.

  • The Interpreter, a political thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, leads the way in the UK box office, while Peter Kay's 'Is This The Way To Amarillo' continues to dominate the music charts. The charity single would remain No.1 until the second weekend of May.

  • In the USA, 168 seconds of silence are observed on the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing - one second for each fatality that came as a result of the attack.

  • Peruvian authorities submit a $130 million plan to UNESCO to preserve the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

  •  Elsewhere in the Premier League, eventual champions Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at home by nearest rivals, Arsenal.

What Happened Next

  • Everton only picked up a point from their next two games but a 2-0 home win over Newcastle United, allied with Liverpool's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal the following day, saw the Blues wrap up qualification for the Champions League.

  • David Moyes' men eventually finished fourth with a record of 18 victories, seven draws and 13 defeats from their 38 games.

  • Manchester United finished third, some 18 points behind champions Chelsea.

For a full 2004/05 fixture list, click here .

michael Jack petersonwhat a build up! must have asked Danny Boyle to plan this. Great Stuff COYB

Saturday 18th August 10:21 Report Comment

Thomas SharplesSol Campbell -.-?

Monday 16th July 15:34 Report Comment

mitch moodyBig Dunc!!!! Bit weird seeing Howard playing for united as well

Monday 16th July 13:49 Report Comment
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