Seamus Coleman’s Man-of-the Match performance against Manchester United has seen the Irish star praised from all quarters, and the defender revealed a pep-talk from coach Duncan Ferguson had the Toffees fired up to face ex-boss David Moyes’s side.
The high-flying Blues hadn’t achieved a league double over the Red Devils since 1969/70 , a point emphasised to Coleman by Everton’s former striker.
“Big Dunc told me that before the game,” the full-back told evertonfc.com. “He was well wound up for today’s game and said we had a chance of being the first team since then to do it, so it was very important for us. ”
The former Sligo Rover star has contributed six league goals this season and gave the United defence a torrid time at Goodison Park, setting up Kevin Mirallas to score. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher singled out the Donegelman for special praise, calling him the outstanding full-back in the Premier league this season, a point echoed by Dwight Yorke.
“When you think about how Everton played it was not about the possession football, it was about power and pace – Manchester United could not handle it,” said Carragher.
“That pace and power was epitomised by Seamus Coleman and rightly so – he was man of the match. Kagawa in that wide left role must have been thinking what this English football is all about – he could not handle them. The difference between the two sides intensity-wise was chalk and cheese.”
Everton’s shock defeat to Crystal Palace midweek has dented their Champions League ambitions, but Coleman believes there’s a twist in the tale yet.
“We just move on now wanting to finish the season strongly and hopefully we get that fourth spot.”
“I still think there will be a slip up along the way and hopefully we can capitalise on that. It’s been a funny season and there’s still three games to go, so hopefully we can sneak in towards the end.”
Coleman’s performance also drew admiring glances from Martin Keown and Danny Murphy on BBC’s match of the Day.
The marauding Irish full-back is many people’s choice to make the Premier League Team of the Year.