Late show from the Red Devils

It was reunion time for two players, as Rooney made his return to Old Trafford wearing the blue colour of Everton while Lukaku welcomed his old mates wearing the red and white of Manchester United. The Red Devils had to toil hard to eventually see off the Merseyside team on a 4-0 scoreline, with Lukaku scoring his 90th goal in the EPL already.

The match started perfectly for the Red Devils as Matic found an unmarked Valencia on the right edge of the box on the 3rd minute, and the latter volleyed in a first-time screamer past Pickford. While it looked like United were going to kill off the opposition, the whole opposite happened as the Red Devils allowed Everton to get grip in midfield and Rooney wasted his first chance as he sliced his attempt wide. On a quick break at the other end, Lukaku had the chance to double the lead but despite being one on one and having beaten the keeper, he opened his left foot too much and the ball flew wide. Everton eventually ended the half on a high note as De Gea had some routine saves with Rooney involved.

The second half had barely started that Rooney should have levelled but only for De Gea to save with his right leg. United were not really in good form as they lost possession too easily, with Rasford having a below par performance since the first half, and eventually Lingard was brought in to replace him on the hour mark. Everton were still hoping to cause an upset until Koeman decided to bring in 3 more attacking players in the last 15 minutes, and United got the break on the 83rd minute. A missed clearance from Everton’s backline fell to Fellaini and he fed the ball to Lukaku who turned and immediately all the defenders were attracted to him and he cleverly released Mkhitaryan in the box to curl the ball past the keeper. United looked more aggressive from thereon and Lukaku added a third on the 89th minute. Lingard won a freekick on the edge of the box, which Lukaku bottled initially but in the continuity of the action, the cross delivered in was deflected into Lukaku’s path by Lingard and the striker swept home the third, adding his 90th EPL goal in the process. United were not done yet as Martial managed to win a penalty in added time which he transformed into goal himself to put the final nail in Everton’s coffin. The win took a long time to draw itself out for the Red Devils but they are lucky to have De Gea who kept out some very good attempts from the opposition.

 

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