After a fiasco match against Arsenal 2 weeks ago, the Red Devils managed to get back on the right track at Goodison Park earlier today against Everton with a 3-0 scoreline in their favour. United started with a far better composure with Rooney going close in the opening minutes, but the goal came on the 18th minute, following a defensive mix-up from Everton following a corner-kick won by Herrera. Rojo’s attempted volley flew straight to Smalling, who chested the ball in the path of an unmarked Schneiderlin, and the latter slotted the ball into the far corner for the opener. United were further infront on the 22nd minute, as the ref played advantage to United following Coleman’s foul on Martial, and Rojo delivered a pin-point cross to Herrera in the box, with the latter heading in the chance presented to him to make the score 0-2. Martial then came close as the half wore on, but it was De Gea who had to be on alert at the other end as Barkley shot at goal.
The second half saw Everton come out with a more attacking football than in the first one, and pressed United at the back. De Gea kept out a dangerous free-kick from Barkley, then denied Lukaku with a superb left-foot save. But Everton’s zeal was curtailed on the 62nd minute, after Jagielka’s loose pass was intercepted by Schneiderlin, and a quick counter involving Herrera and Rooney saw the latter finish off in style for United’s third, and in the process ending Rooney’s goal-drought at Goodison since 2007. Rooney could have added a fourth but saw Howard thwart his solo run in the box, then Martial was denied again by Howard on his near post. Barkley fizzed a free-kick just over the bar in the dying minutes of the game, but United held on for the win. Next match will be during the week as United will travel to CSKA Moscow for the CL group stage, then next Sunday it will be derby-day, as City visit the Red Devils at Old Trafford, and it could be an explosive game this one, with City’s attack on fire already, while United will look to build-up for the title race.