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Falcao and De Gea keep Manchester United on track

AFP, MANCHESTER, England

Radamel Falcao’s first goal in English soccer continued Manchester United’s recovery as they beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford to record their third successive home win.

Falcao had failed to score in his first three appearances following a loan move from AS Monaco, but came good with the second-half goal, which also gave United successive league wins for the first time under Louis van Gaal.

Everton, with only one league victory all season, missed a penalty and cancelled out Angel Di Maria’s early goal through the in-form Steven Naismith, but were denied any reward by Falcao and the brilliance of goalkeeper David De Gea as United edged toward the top four.

Before kick-off, ex-United midfielder and South Korean international Park Ji-sung was unveiled as a new club ambassador by Sir Alex Ferguson as the legendary former manager stepped back onto the Old Trafford pitch for the first time in a public capacity since his retirement speech last year.

It has been far from plain sailing since Ferguson stood down as United manager, but van Gaal avoided a fate that had befallen both Ferguson and his ill-fated successor David Moyes — namely losing to Everton in their first Premier League games at home to the Merseyside club.

There had been 21 years between those losses with Everton’s win in Manchester last season underlining Moyes’ struggles, which ushered in van Gaal’s arrival.

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