Everton boss pinpoints reason for defeat

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea was the only thing that stood in the way of his side taking something back to Goodison Park.

The Toffees were trailing 1-0 after Angel di Maria’s tidy finish, however, on the stroke of half-time Luke Shaw fouled Tony Hibbert and Leighton Baines had a chance to equalise from the spot. Surprisingly, for the first time in the Premier League, Leighton Baines missed from twelve-yards as de Gea pulled off a great save.

Martinez said: “The players don’t deserve the feeling they are sharing now. In football these things happen and De Gea was the man of the match and the difference in the scoreline.

“Everyone in the ground was waiting for the net to bulge when Osman and Oviedo had those chances.

“He [De Gea] had an outstanding performance which stopped us from a positive scoreline. We played right to the end with a lot of energy and effort.”