Match ends, Everton 2, Manchester United 0.
Everton 2-0 Manchester United
Everton made it a miserable return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes as they beat Manchester United with ease to maintain their Champions League aspirations.
Moyes, who left Everton last summer after 11 years to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, was given a rough reception off the pitch and he was offered nothing on it to improve his mood.
And to add to his discontent, Everton demonstrated their progress under his successor Roberto Martinez.
By doing the double over the champions for the first time since 1969, this was an impressive response by Everton to the midweek setback of losing at home to Crystal Palace.
Leighton Baines - a summer transfer target for Moyes before he signed a new long-term deal to stay at Goodison Park - set them on their way with a penalty and Kevin Mirallas added a second before half-time.
Everton, and Steven Naismith in particular, could have added further goals in a win that leaves them only one point behind Arsenal, who earlier on Sunday cruised to victory at Hull, in fifth place.
Moyes was taunted throughout by the home fans and this was a game that illustrated graphically just how far United, who now lie 12 points adrift of the Toffeemen, have fallen this season.
The final whistle was greeted ecstatically at a raucous Goodison and will have Martinez still believing his side can finish off an excellent season with a place in next season's Champions League.
Moyes was greeted with some hostility when he left the United team coach - and his appearance on Goodison Park's big screens and in his technical area brought a loud burst of jeering.
United were seeing plenty of the ball but Everton were much more dangerous, with the normally reliable Naismith unusually wasteful when he shot well over the top from Romelu Lukaku's knockdown.
Everton were angry when a penalty appeal was rejected as Jonny Evans appeared to block Naismith's shot with his hand - but referee Mark Clattenburg had no hesitation when the stumbling Jones clearly handled Lukaku's goalbound shot.
Baines stepped forward and, with his usual calmness, drilled his penalty low, hard and centrally past United keeper David De Gea.
Everton emphasised their superiority two minutes before the interval when they doubled their lead following a sweeping counter attack. The outstanding Seamus Coleman had been causing United no end of problems and his pass found Mirallas, played onside by Alex Buttner, to beat De Gea with an angled finish.
Martinez was forced into a change at half time as the injured Sylvain Distin was replaced by Antolin Alcaraz but United still struggled to make any impression and Moyes made a double change on the hour, sending on Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez for Evans and Nani.
Everton were coping with United in comfort and looked the more likely side to add a third with Naismith sliding a finish over the top from Mirallas's cross then bringing a fine low save from De Gea from the edge of the area.
Tim Howard had barely been troubled but he was required in the closing moments to block at feet of Wayne Roney after substitute Leon Osman had conceded possession.
It was a rare moment of anxiety at the end of a very comfortable afternoon for Everton - and an abject one for Moyes - as the Toffees moved back to within one point of Arsenal with three games remaining.
|The race for Champions League qualification|
|Monday 28 April: Newcastle (h)||Saturday 26 April: Southampton (a)|
|Sunday 4 May: West Brom (h)||Saturday 3 May: Man City (h)|
|Sunday 11 May: Norwich (a)||Sunday 11 May: Hull (a)|
- 15DistinSubstituted forAlcarazat 45'minutes
- 11MirallasSubstituted forMcGeadyat 90+4'minutes
- 16McCarthyBooked at 60mins
- 20BarkleyBooked at 47minsSubstituted forOsmanat 70'minutes
- 1de Gea
- 12SmallingBooked at 49mins
- 4JonesBooked at 27mins
- 6EvansSubstituted forHernándezat 61'minutes
- 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forA Valenciaat 61'minutes
- 26KagawaSubstituted forWelbeckat 75'minutes
- 25A Valencia
- Mark Clattenburg
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Everton 2, Manchester United 0.
Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Kevin Mirallas because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Antolin Alcaraz.
Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.
Hand ball by Leighton Baines (Everton).
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Michael Carrick.
Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Büttner following a corner.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tim Howard.
Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Hernández.
Offside, Manchester United. Juan Mata tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.
Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
Foul by Darren Fletcher (Manchester United).
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Smalling.
Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by David de Gea.
Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).
Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.
Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a fast break.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Smalling.
Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Shinji Kagawa.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).
Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Ross Barkley.
Offside, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.
Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).
James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match James McCarthy (Everton) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Hernández.
Attempt blocked. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.