Premier League gameweek 5 ended with the exciting fixture of Manchester United vs Everton, and with all the hue and cry about Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford, this clash was meant to be a cracker of a match. Truth be told, the players did not fail to live up to the expectations of the supporters.
Manchester United lineup: David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata (Ander Herrera, 76′), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Anthony Martial, 88′), Marcus Rashford (Jesse Lingard, 61′), Romelu Lukaku.
Everton lineup: Jordan Pickford, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye (Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 76′), Cuco Martina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies (Sandro Ramirez, 66′), Wayne Rooney (Kevin Mirallas, 82′).
Goals: Valencia (4′), Mkhitaryan (83′), Lukaku (89′), Martial (90’+2′)
Yellow cards: Williams (63′), Bailly (82′)
It was an emotional affair for the home fans, as their talisman, the all time highest scorer of the club returned to Old Trafford in Everton jersey. On the other hand, former Evertonian Lukaku faced his old friends in different colours as well. It was evident right from the beginning that both players were trying to impress the supporters by all means.
The day started with a bang for the hosts, as their current skipper rattled the back of the Everton nets with a scorcher from outside the box. This happened at the fourth minute of the game and United took a comfortable lead through that strike. For the first quarter of the half, it was all United and the visitors were finding it hard to put any impact. But, they slowly found the grounds and for the latter part of the first 45 minutes, the Toffees created some chances. They were not enough to beat De Gea, though. On the contrary, Lukaku got two golden opportunities from exquisite passing of Mata and Rashford. However, much to the dismay of the fans, the Belgian failed to find the target on both occasions.
Everton started the second half well, with a great movement from Rooney and Davies. The former United man then took a nice shot and it was on target, but De Gea managed to parry it away in the end. After a few minutes, the away side got another chance, and this time the Spaniard got the better of Sigurdsson. On the other end, Mata was in business at around the 65th minute mark. He took a freekick from little outside the box, and his terrific attempt ended up hitting the woodwork, thereby denying United a two goal cushion.
Later, substitute Lingard got three opportunities to take an aim at the target. He did, but it was the resilient Everton defense that won the battles every time. Eventually, it broke with seven minutes to spare. It was Mkhitaryan who was unleashed with a delicious ball from Lukaku, and the Armenian made no mistake to put it past Pickford. A 2-0 lead at right time was probably enough to see United through. But, the home players had other plans!
Minutes later to the Mkhitaryan goal, it was Lukaku’s turn to score one himself. The forward capitalized on a defending error and notched the ball to the nets from close range. And then, in the stoppage time, as Martial was rampaging through the Everton defense, the ball touched Schneiderlin’s hands and a penalty was rightly awarded in favour of the hosts. The Frenchman took the spotkick and it found its way inside the goal to help the Red Devils finish the match with a commanding 4-0 win!
Manchester United vs Everton Match Statistics:
|Shots (on target)||16 (7)||7 (3)|
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