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First Time's a Charm: Martinez Ends Winless Run at Old Trafford
Guardian, December 5th, 2013 11:47AM

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What David Moyes could never achieve in his 11 seasons as Everton coach, Roberto Martinez managed on his first try: that is, beating Manchester United in its own backyard. The 1-0 win on Wednesday night was Everton’s first victory at Old Trafford since August 1992. "Today was more than a football game for us," Martinez said said after the match. "It was about getting rid of a mental block, knowing we have not won at this stadium for many, many years."

The embarrassment of his opposite number’s feat notwithstanding, the Guardian claims that the more pressing concern for United coach Moyes is that the Red Devils have clearly deteriorated under him, while Everton has gotten better under Martinez. With just 22 points from 14 games, United is in the middle of its worst start to the Premier League since 2001-02. Currently 12 points adrift of league leader Arsenal, the Red Devils are now ninth in the standings, while Everton is in fifth-place with 27 points.

"I'm very disappointed," Moyes told the BBC after United's first defeat in 13 games. "We needed a bit of good fortune and we didn't get it. Everton kept at it and showed us what a good team they are. We didn't defend the goal well enough so it was our own doing. We had some chances as well as did Everton. They have been playing well and that's why they are up near the top of the league.”

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