That isn’t to say that United’s attack was inactive and we could have stretched the two-goal lead more than once.
Forson went closest to claiming United’s third goal, with our no.11 shooting just wide following a darting run into the Everton penalty area.
But ultimately those two first-half goals were enough to send the Reds five points clear – at least temporarily – of our crosstown rivals.
United: Guadagno; Wellens, Fish, Svidersky, Jurado; Hansen, Gore (Hoogewerf 62), Savage
(Mainoo 46); Emeran, McNeill, Forson.
Subs not used: Vitek, Murray, Norkett.
Goals: Forson 18, Fish 44.