Manchester United fired 4 goals past the Everton side at Old Trafford to prove their mettle as Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku faced off with their former side in the encounter.
It was Antonio Valencia that got the headline when the Ecuadorian winger cum defender produced a magical finish out of nothing following a clever pass from Nemanja Matic.
It was a game to remember for the Old Trafford faithful as United seems to be returning to their famous old days of dominating the EPL under Former Manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney was on show alongside the talented midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson but it was too little for Everton to stop the firepower of the Red Devils from doing the damage as Anthony Martial completed the routing from the Penalty spot.
From United’s 4-0 win we take a look at some match statistics and certain features from the game.
Shots on target:
5 (Manchester United) (Everton) 3
United dominated match proceedings with 5 shots on target as compared to Everton’s three shots on goal in the game. This saw the trio of Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku get on the score sheet before French forward Anthony Martial wrapped things up from the penalty spot to give the Red Devil’s a comfortable 4-0 victory over Everton.
Shots off target:
6 (Manchester United) (Everton) 2
The game saw a total of 8 shots go wayward as both sides tried to find the back of the net. The likes of Rooney failed to find the target and his strike rolled away into goal-Kick. Lukaku could have given United the 2-0 lead but he found the side net after beaten the last defender on one-one-situation in the first half.
50% (Manchester United) (Everton) 50%
It was a closely contested 90 minutes’ affair as United beat Everton by virtue of superior quality on the field of play. The likes of Idrissa Gana Gueye, Tom Davies and Glyfi Sigurdsson were very competitive in midfield as they matched the talent of Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata in transition. In the end, United’s firepower turned attacks into goals and the hosts swept 4 strikes past the Everton side in the course of the game to remain joint top with neighbours Manchester City.
4 (Manchester United) (Everton) 1
The match produced 5 corner-kicks in the entire game as United attacking incision was too good for Everton to deal with. The Red Devils hit 4 corner-kicks as compared to Everton’s lone corner-kick in the entire 90 minutes of the contest.
2 (Manchester United) (Everton) 3
The match saw a total of 5 offside calls in the entire game. United were caught in the offside position on a couple of occasions while Everton were caught in offside position on three instances. This is due to Everton’s desperate attempt to get a goal by all means in the game against the more purposeful and superior Manchester United side in the course of the match.
15 (Manchester United) (Everton) 14
The match saw a lot of physical challenges as it produced a total of 29 fouls in the entire duration. The home side committed 15 fouls as compared to Everton’s 14 physical Challenges in the match. This was due to the hosts’ more interest and resilience to win the game at all cost with the aim of maintaining a 100% record at home in the new season.
1 (Manchester United) (Everton) 1
The match saw two bookings issued in the entire 90 minutes of the game as the match official attempted to moderate the game irrespective of the numerous physical challenges that took place during the contest. United’s lone booking came in the 82nd minute in form of Ivorian defender Eric Baily while the visitors earned theirs in the 63rd minutes for Ashley Williams.
5 (Manchester United) (Everton) 9
The match was an end contest as united pressure towards the Everton goal produced 9 goal-kicks. Everton had their attacking foray against United but in the end it was able to only muster five (5) goal-kick in the United area as the host were superior here (goal-kick) and more so in the entire contest (4-0) at home.