Everton fans will be delighted by Old Trafford fightback - but why couldn't they have done it at Wembley?

It was a draw, but it felt like a win to Everton and their fans.

Afterall, how many teams come back from 3-1 and 4-2 down to draw at Old Trafford?

Manchester United 4-4 Everton: Daily Mirror match report  

And after the massive disappointment of losing the FA Cup semi-final to Liverpool, this was a fantastic response from the Blues.

David Moyes claims he felt "disappointed" and even "insulted" that his side's character should have been questioned after they blew a golden opportunity to put one over their neighbours and reach the Cup Final.

But those questions were legitimate and they had a Liverpool side, dogged by self-doubt and enduring their worst league campaign in living memory, there for the taking and they let them off the hook.

But Everton's answer against United could hardly have been more emphatic.

Just to put Everton's result into context, they have become the first team to take a league point off United at Old Trafford this year.

There were commanding performances right throughout the side from Tim Howard to Tony Hibbert and Marouane Fellaini to Nikica Jelavic.

Their fearless display begs the question why they couldn't perform like this in the second half at Wembley, but let's not go there again!

The danger for Everton would have been for them to feel sorry for themselves and let their season fizzle out.

That affliction has already gripped a couple of Premier League sides with little on paper to play for and Norwich's supine performance at Blackburn on Saturday suggested their players were already rubbing on the sun tan lotion ready for the beach.

Moyes would never tolerate such slackness at Everton and his target for the remainder of the season is for the Blues to collect as many points as possible.

That might sound pithy, but that is the only way to keep the club driving forward.

If the players sense any easing up from their manager, they will take their foot off the pedal too.

There is also the matter of which Merseyside club will finish highest in the table and the Blues have a great chance to eclipse Liverpool in the Premier League for the first time since 2005.

Of course, they would much rather have a Cup Final place, but finishing above Liverpool would provide them with some solace.

Seventh place would represent a successful season for Everton and would see them punching above their weight in financial terms yet again.


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