Manchester United caused havoc at the Old Trafford to down an initially confident Everton 4-0 and share the top spot with neighbour’s Manchester City on top of the Premier League table. It was yet another dominating display by Jose Mourinho’s men as they grabbed their 3 points in absolute fashion without conceding any goal.

Antonio Valencia opened the scoring for the Red Devil’s with a stunning powerful shot penetrating the Toffes defence early into the game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was once again at his sublime best as the midfielder netted his first goal of the season extending United’s lead to 2-0.

Romelu Lukaku joined the party by sliding in the third against his former club and ensured a thumping win for the Reds. The last goal was the cherry on top of United’s cake as Anthony Martial once again scored after coming in place of Marcus Rashford with a cheeky penalty in the added time.

Jose Mourinho’s men have now scored a whooping 16 goals this season in 5 games with as much as 4 clean sheets. The cleansheet against Tofees marked another feat for Spaniard David de Gea who has now kept a total of 100 cleansheets in his career.

Former United captain Rooney was back to Old Trafford, he received a warm reception from the Red Devils fans as they welcomed back their highest scorer. The 31-year-old however had a dull outing and failed to find the back of the net.

In what was a formidable performance by the Reds, Nemanja Matic was their star man who kept the backline tight and did equally well going forward, the imposing midfielder set up the goal for valencia and played an integral role in shaping Romelu Lukaku’s goal. The Serb had an impressive outing and was deservingly voted man of the match for his efforts.

United’s attack is looking sharp with every passing day and the ritual of either Rashford or Martial scoring as a substitute has garnered them an edge over their rivals. The new-look Manchester United look lethal in the last phase of their games. Last season’s player of the year Ander Herrera made a comeback into the setup after Pogba’s injury and performed well for Mourinho.

The manager said it was him who boosted the attack after coming on field as a result of which United got the extra goals.

“I always thought it would be 1-0 or 2-0, I ever thought about 1-1. The 2-0 came and then the third and fourth goal was just consequences of a team that was sad and another team that was happy. For me, the third and fourth goals were a little bit out of the context of the game,” Mourinho said after the game.

For Everton it was another nightmare as it was evident that the new boys haven’t gelled up yet and Rooney upfront isn’t what is going to get them those goals.

The Reds will next take on Burton in their EFL cup draw and will face Southampton 2 days later in an away clash.

First Published | 18 September 2017 4:21 PM
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