Monday 22 April 2013

On this day: Everton blow open title race

In our series looking at Premier League history, Man Utd's 4-4 draw with Everton last year is reviewed

  • Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United led 3-1

  • Danny Welbeck scored the other as United appeared to be cruising to victory

  • Nikica Jelavic scored twice for Everton to stun Old Trafford

  • Steve Pienaar made it 4-4 with a goal in the 85th minute for Everton

  • Pienaar's goal meant United could be overtaken by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 22 April 2012 Man Utd 4-4 Everton

Manchester United conceded two goals in three minutes to be held 4-4 by Everton at Old Trafford and to throw open the race for the Barclays Premier League title.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s team started the match five points ahead of City and looked to be cruising towards a 14th Barclays Premier League title and 20th title overall when leading 3-1, then 4-2 with seven minutes remaining.

United had gone behind to Nikica Jelavic’s goal but two goals from Wayne Rooney and one from Danny Welbeck turned the match round. Everton’s hopes were lifted when Marouane Fellaini pulled a goal back on 67 minutes, but two minutes later Rooney restored the two-goal lead.

Everton were not finished and firstly Jelavic, on 83 minutes, then Steven Pienaar two minutes later levelled the match. The point for United, combined with City’s 2-0 win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers meant that Roberto Mancini’s team could go to the top of the Barclays Premier League should they beat United at the Etihad Stadium the next Monday.

This they did and they hung on to clinch the title in dramatic fashion on the final day.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Everton coming from two goals down to draw with Man Utd 4-4 in 2012