MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert — Manchester United scored three goals in the final 10-minutes en route to a 4-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Antonio Valencia’s wonder strike in the 4th minute gave Jose Mourinho’s side a 1-0 lead at half-time before Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and substitute Anthony Martial put the game beyond reach for the visitor.
Lukaku, who missed a number of excellent opportunities to get off the mark in the first half, was scoring against his former club, while he also grabbed an assist after setting up Mkhitaryan’s goal.
The game also saw former Manchester United captain and record-breaking goalscorer Wayne Rooney making his first appearance against the Red Devils since switching back to his boyhood club Everton in the summer.
Rooney spent 13 successful trophy-winning years at Manchester United and scored over 250 goals during that period for the club.
The England international threatened in the early goings and forced United goalkeeper David de Gea into making a few good saves.
With his energy visibly dropping, Rooney was pulled and he received a brilliant ovation from Old Trafford when he was substituted in the 81st minute.
Everything went downhill for Everton afterwards, though.
A dreadful pass from Ashley Williams deep into his own half was blocked by Marouane Fellaini before the ball fell kindly for his Belgian teammate Lukaku.
The striker took a few dribbles before laying the ball off to Mkhitaryan with a well-weighted pass and the Armenian made no mistake, burying the ball beyond Jordan Pickford in the 83rd minute.
Lukaku then made it 3-0 in the 88th minute after he latched onto a Jesse Lingard flick to bury home from close range and performed a full celebration.
Substitute Martial closed out the scoring from the penalty spot after he won and took the spot kick two minutes into added time to make it 4-0.
Both clubs have the same goal-difference and are only separated by alphabetical order.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: “I think the performance was very good especially in the first 30 – 35 minutes it probably was our best performance because we played with our central defenders inside of their half, we pressed them totally and they had no chance to come out.
“They only had one shot on target. I think the first half an hour, thirty five minutes was really impressive.”
He added” “After that Everton, good players, they came into the game. A little bit of pressure because of the bad results but they came with pride and with quality and they started giving us some little difficulties.
“But we have a very good bench. I looked behind and I see option and possible decisions. I made a decision to bring Ander into the game and we stayed more solid from that moment.”
EVERTON TEAM NEWS
Team to face Man Utd: Pickford, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Martina, Schneiderlin, Davies, Gueye, Baines, Sigurdsson, Rooney. Subs: Stekelenburg, Ramirez, Mirallas, Klaassen, Besic, Calvert-
MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS
Team to face Everton: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young, Matic, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Martial, Smalling, Lingard, Carrick, Herrera, Darmian.he