Martial nets winner to keep up Reds top-four charge

Martial nets winner to keep up Reds top-four charge
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Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Everton: Joel, Baines, Jagielka (c), Stones, Coleman, Cleverley, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

That brings to an end today's match between Manchester United and Everton which saw United get a crucial win. I hope you have enjoyed our coverage at Vavel and I've been Brandon Sayer and until next time have a good day. 

Daley Blind will be the sad note for United with him coming of with a hamstring injury before the end. Before that Blind was excellent as well so it will be a blow if he is out for long. 

Manchester United come away with the win thanks to a goal from Martial in the second half. It was crucial that the Reds got this win to make sure they keep going in the top-four race. Everton played decent but saw themselves struggle to create bit chances because of how well United defended. 

90+4' - Full time whistle blows. Manchester United 1-0 Everton.

90+2' - Lingard is giving a yellow card for a deliberate trip on Stones. 

90+1 ' - There will be four added minutes at the end of the second half. 

87' - Everton substitution: Barkley off. Niasse on. 

86' - Stones played a fantastic pass into the path of Coleman who was in behind the United defence. The defender then played a dangerous cross into the box but Fosu-Mensah got a crucial clearance to get it away before Lukaku tapped it into the empty goal. 

84' - Baines works the free-kick well by playing it to Cleverley on the edge of the box but the ex United man seen his shot well blocked by the United defenders. 

83' - An alrighty scramble in the United box sees Jagielka hit a shot which is brilliantly saved by De Gea. Martial then gives away a free-kick on the right hand side of the box. 

82' - Manchester United substitution: Blind comes of with a hamstring injury. Antonio Valencia is on in his place. 

75' - The away side have started to put a lot of pressure on United by keeping the ball well but are struggling to create very much as the Untied defence stand strong. 

62' - Everton substitution: Deulofeu off. Kevin Mirallas on. 

61' - The Reds almost make it two as Mata plays a lovely ball across the box and Lingard was inches away from tapping it in but missed it. Meanwhile Smalling in the same attack was booked for a late challenge on Stones. 

58' - Manchester United substitution: Michael Carrick off. Ander Herrera on. 

56' - Jagielka hits the bar for Everton! Almost an instant reply from the away side as Baines delivers a brilliant cross into the box from a corner and the defender smashes a header of the bar. Very lucky escape for United. 

54' - Goal for United! A brilliant move from United is finished of by Martial. Rashford played a lovely flick into the path of Fosu-Mensah and the young defender put a lovely cross into the box and Martial tapped the ball home.  Fantastic team goal and now United have score 1000 goals at Old Trafford since they began at the ground. 

49' - The ball is played into Lukaku in the box and he tries his best to hold of Blind but the defender blocks his shot away from danger. 

46' - The second half kicks of at Old Trafford. 

46' - Manchester United substitution: Rojo off. Timothy Fosu-Mansah on. 

Both teams have tried to create things but it just hasn't happened in front of goal as of yet. Everton were very accomplished for the first 25 minutes but United got better after that. Both keepers haven't been tested yet so that must change in the second half. Stay tuned as we bring you the second hall from Old Trafford in a few minutes!

45+1' - Half time whistle blows. Manchester United 0-0 Everton. 

45+1' - One minute has been added on at the end of the first half. 

37' - Martial gets in on goal and is just about to shoot before a brilliant challenge from John Stones prevents him from scoring. 

36' - A good period of play from United comes to and end with Schneiderlin heading wide from a corner. United's passing has been far quicker in the last five minutes and are starting to get some joy but Everton are holding firm so far. 

26' - David de Gea is called into his first big bit of action as he has to race of his line to stop Romelu Lukaku from getting to the ball to score. 

25' - Rojo has a go at a volley from the edge of the box but it goes well wide of the goal. 

22' - The free-kick is taken by Baines but the United walls block it away for a corner. The corner is a poor one and the United defence get it away to safety. 

21' - Morgan Schneiderlin gives away a free kick in a dangerous area for Everton. 

17' - A fantastic one-two between Martial and Lingard finds Martial in space and the striker unleashes a great strike from the edge of the box which just goes inches wide. Very good effort. 

9' - A well worked corner from Daley Blind finds Rojo who has a shot but it is well blocked by the the Everton defence. Lively start. 

8' - A good passage of play from United almost results in a goal but Everton manage to scrape it away for the corner. There is a great atmosphere in the ground today. 

4' - James McCarthy needs some treatment from medical team after a coming together with Marcos Rojo. 

1' - Kick of at Old Trafford! Game on. 

Five minutes to kick of at Old Trafford. It's a big game for the Reds with the race for the top-four heating up. Stay tuned as we bring you the start of the match!

Everton Starting XI: Joel, Baines, Jagielka (c), Stones, Coleman, Cleverley, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford

Manchester United subs:  Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis


Everton predicted XI (4-2-3-1) - Joel; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines; Besic, McCarthy; Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku.

Manchester United predicted XI (4-2-3-1) - De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Rashford.

The key players to look out for during the game will be Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku. Rashford, since coming into the team six weeks ago, has been a revelation, scoring five goals in his eight appearances, including the winner in the Manchester derby last time out. Lukaku will be key for Everton if they are to win the game as he is in real goal scoring form this season, scoring 18 league goals including six goals in his last seven games. 

Ahead of the game, Everton are boosted with the return of three key players in John Stones, Bryan Oviedo and Kevin Mirallas. Stones was a doubt for the game after hurting himself in England's defeat to Holland on Tuesday. Oviedo has missed the last two games with a chest infection but is now fit to return while Mirallas returns after his suspension. Gareth Barry though will miss the game with suspension after being sent off against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Louis van Gaal  revealed some good and bad news in regards to the injury situation at United ahead of the game with Everton. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who hurt his knee while on international duty, is set to be out for the rest of the season which is a big blow. The good news is that Wayne Rooney is now back in full training after training along with Herrera and Ashley Young. Luke Shaw will for the first time since his leg break in September last year start training on Monday with the United physios which is great news. 

Everton have a good recent record against United by winning four of the last seven meetings between the teams. The problem is though they have only won once in their 22 meetings with United at Old Trafford. These two teams could come up against each other again before the end of the month in the FA Cup semi-final if United manage to get past West Ham in their quarter-final replay.

Earlier in the season, these two teams faced each other at Goodison Park with United coming away with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, and Wayne Rooney. The last time the two sides met at Old Trafford in the Premier League last season United also came out on top in a close game 2-1. Radamel Falcao scored the winner that day for United with Angel Di Maria and Steven Naismith the other goal scorers. 

Rooney scores United's third in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park earlier in the season | Photo: Getty Images
Rooney scored United's third goal in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park earlier in the season | Photo: Getty Images

United currently sit in six position in the league table and with eight games to play are only one point off fourth place. They know they must keep winning games to put the pressure on. Everton, meanwhile, sit in twelfth place on 38 points going to this game but have a game in hand and for them, they must win this game to start climbing the table.  

Going into this weekend's game, both teams are in different kinds of form in the Premier League with United winning three of their last four games while Everton have only won one of their last four in the league. The Red Devils won an important match before the international break 1-0 away at Manchester rivals Manchester City to keep their top four hopes alive. Everton, on the other hand, lost their last game at home to Arsenal 2-0 to leave their hopes of European qualification in tatters. 

Hello there everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of Manchester United - Everton, as the Premier League returns to Manchester following the international break. Kick-off at Old Trafford is set for 4:00 BST, so stick with us until then as we build up to the game and get the confirmed team news.