Match of the Week: Manchester United 4, Everton 0

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Premier League logoIn a game of reunions, it was Manchester United that trampled Everton, 4-0, at Old Trafford on Sunday. Both clubs had two players clashing against their former clubs: Wayne Rooney and Michael Keane for the Toffees and Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for the Red Devils. Nevertheless, it was the Reds who enjoyed the reunion far more than the Blues.

It didn’t take long for United to get in front. In the fourth minute of the, Nemanja Matic crossed a simple pass to Antonio Valencia at the top right of Everton’s box. Electing to smash the ball first-time instead of controlling it, Valencia fired a bending banana shot into the back of Everton’s net — Jordan Pickford had no chance.

Everton reacted well after the goal. It picked up the tempo and had a few chances, but nothing ever came of it. Possession was squandered because of mistakes in the back and ill-fated passes to the opposing side.

Toward the final minutes of the first half, a mishap in the back led to Lukaku having a one-on-one chance with Pickford, but he shanked the ball left.

Out of the half, Everton continued its pressure. Manchester United resorted to quick passing, hoping to tire out Everton’s attackers. The tactic worked as Everton’s midfield became sluggish and began to unnecessarily foul.

One mistake in the 65th minute led to Juan Mata receiving a free kick at the edge of Everton’s box. He curved the ball around the left side of Everton’s wall and nailed the post.

Then after, Sandro Ramirez was subbed on and Everton regained life. In the 82nd minute, Rooney looked exhausted and was subbed off, receiving a standing ovation from his former fans.

Shortly after, the game was sealed. A mistake by Ashely Williams led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan putting Manchester up by two. Minutes later, Lukaku added insult to injury by tapping in United’s third goal after a pin-ball free kick attempt.

Anthony Martial closed out the scoring in extra time by giving United its fourth. A fast break opportunity led by Martial resulted in a handball penalty kick, which Martial took and scored.

It was a disastrous end for the Toffees.

 


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