The defender beat de Gea in the 89th minute as former teammate Marouane Fellaini felled Gueye in the box shortly after coming on, cancelling out Ibrahimović's sublime lob over Stekelenburg in the first half.
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Things soon turned towards a scrappy direction, with Gareth Barry leaving a mark or two on Zlatan Ibrahimović, as Michael Oliver gave him a warning - and the referee would have more work to do a few minutes later when Rojo swam through the air and took out Gueye, lucky not to have received his marching orders afterwards.
Just as it appeared we were en route to a goalless half-time interval, Zlatan Ibrahimović would unlock the game by capitalising on Maarten Stekelenburg's grave risk. The goalkeeper came surging off his line to collect a loose ball, but the Swedish enigma was also on the chase, and he lobbed it over the onrushing man with the outside of his boot, bouncing over, high and far - then coming onto the crossbar and bouncing slightly past the goalline. It happened to be that the goal pretty much was the only significant chance of an otherwise distressing 45 minutes of viewing.
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But Everton soon felt the momentum swinging in their favour, and de Gea was dragged onto the frontline to deny Gueye, Holgate and Valencia respectively, causing a great amount of discomfort for Mourinho's side who were up against it. They looked to have come out unscathed when the brakes appeared to be pumping for the Merseyside hopefuls, however Fellaini's inclusion - which became his 100th appearance in the red shirt - would undo all that resilience.
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Leighton Baines would step up on the 89th minute to accurately slot it out of reach for the Spanish keeper as he sent it to the bottom left, and Goodison Park erupted in celebration with the Red Devils on the verge of being halted once again in the venue. Everton pressed for a late winner but de Gea saved strongly, while United's attack fizzled out towards the end. It wasn't a game for the feint hearted or the appreciators of fine football, but it was one for Everton's home fans, again.
A late, late goal from Everton preserves their unbeaten record at home. #AllTheFootball pic.twitter.com/bQZVcZl0uS— Virgin Media (@virginmedia) December 4, 2016