MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United was cut adrift in the Premier League title race after losing 1-0 at home to Everton thanks to Bryan Oviedo's late strike at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
United manager David Moyes endured a frustrating evening against the club he quit in the summer as left back Oviedo slotted home at the far post in the 86th minute after Romelu Lukaku flashed a deflected shot across the six-yard box.
Everton fully deserved its first win at United in 21 years after overrunning the champions at times, even if the hosts were unlucky to see Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit efforts against the goal frame in an end-to-end game.
United's 12-game unbeaten run came to an end, leaving Moyes' team 12 points behind leader Arsenal on a night all of their chief title rivals won.
"We have got a long way to go," Moyes said. "We will need to play some great football and win an awful lot of games in the run-in if we going to be in there and around it come the end of the season."
Moyes was roundly jeered by Everton's travelling support despite his 11 years of service at Goodison Park, but that will be the least of his worries after the latest setback in his brief tenure at United.
The hosts knew there was no room for error after slipping further back from Arsenal with back-to-back draws with Cardiff and Tottenham, but Everton was always going to provide a stern test after starting the season excellently under Moyes' successor, Roberto Martinez. And so it proved.
"It doesn't hurt any more (than usual)," Moyes said. "I know they are a very good team, Everton, with very good players.
"You would imagine it is a sore one when it is your old team. That is the way it is."