Anthony Gordon scored the only goal as relegation-threatened Everton dented Manchester United’s Champions League qualifying hopes with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
The Toffees boosted their Premier League survival bid with Gordon’s deflected first-half strike sealing consecutive home victories for the first time since September.
United remain three points off the top four, although the deficit could be extended to six should either Arsenal or Tottenham win later today.
Meanwhile, Everton move four points clear of the relegation zone after only a third success in 10 league games under Frank Lampard, who was under pressure following the 3-2 loss to fellow strugglers Burnley on Wednesday.
Ralf Rangnick’s side made a bright start as they sought consecutive away wins over Everton for the first time in the Premier League since September 2007.
Marcus Rashford was looking for his first goal since netting the winner against West Ham in January, and it took two brilliant saves from England team-mate Jordan Pickford to prevent him from ending his drought inside the opening quarter of an hour.
Despite having just 35 per cent of possession, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when Gordon’s 20-yard strike deflected past David de Gea via Maguire.
De Gea came to the visitors’ rescue later in the half with magnificent reflexes to tip Richarlison’s deflected looping effort over the crossbar.
Everton continued to press for a second goal after the break, with Ben Godfrey heading over from a corner, while it took an important block from Victor Lindelof to deny Gordon from eight yards.
At the other end, Anthony Elanga fired over and Paul Pogba tested Pickford from distance but, despite dominating possession, United were unable to convert it into an equaliser.