Everton v Manchester United ratings: Pickford 9, Gordon 8; Maguire 4, Ronaldo 5

United's Champions League hopes suffer as Everton record vital victory

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Everton beat Manchester United 1-0 to boost their Premier League survival hopes and deal a blow to the visitors' chances of finishing in the top four.

Victory at Goodison Park, courtesy of Anthony Gordon's first-half deflected effort, puts United's season in danger of imploding as they remain three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham having played a game extra and look increasingly unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo returned after missing last week's 1-1 draw with Leicester, along with out-of-form fellow forward Marcus Rashford, but United lacked any cutting edge up front.

The home side scored against the run of play in the 27th minute, courtesy of a huge deflection off the luckless Harry Maguire, who has struggled to find his form this season.

United lost the ball in midfield and Richarlison cut the ball back towards the box, where it fell for Gordon. The winger struck his shot well but a deflection off England defender Maguire left David de Gea stranded.

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Updated: April 09, 2022, 2:11 PM