The race for supremacy in the Barclays Premier League was thrown wide open between the two title contenders,Manchester United and Manchester City on Sunday. Both clubs had contrasting results on what was a crucial and eventful day for both.
Manchester United, who faced Everton at Old Trafford,were expected to breeze past the Toffees and stretch the lead further by 5 points.But is was a result which will have a huge impact on the title holders’ aspiration of retaining the league title.
Everton, took a shock through a Nikica Jelavic header from close quarter in the 33rd minute.United was stunned but took only 7 minutes to calm down and restore parity thorugh a Wayne Rooney header in similar fashion,in the 41st minute.Everton continued to play freely throughout the first half,and going into the break,it looked like a long afternoon for the Red Devils.
Manchester United then grabbed the lead through a Danny Welbeck goal in the 57th minute,and quickly made it 3-1 ,with Nani finding the net 3 minutes later.The 3 points looked secured-however,Everton cut the lead to 1 goal when Marouane Fellaini scored from a Hibbert cross in the 67th minute.The goals kept coming,when Rooney added United’s fourth in the 69th minute,from a Welbeck assist.At 4-2 and with only a little over 20 minutes to play, all that United had to do was to contain Everton and consolidate their 2 goal cushion.The Toffees had other ideas though,and narrowed the lead when Jelavic netted his second and Everton’s third in the 83rd minute. And when Steven Pienaar scored the equaliser in the 85th minute, Everton had done the impossible, holding the Champions at home. Manchester United were left ruing their chances of extending the lead and with a virtual title decider against Manchester City on April 30th,the race is shaping up to be a two way battle between the Manchester Clubs.