Manchester U 4 Everton 0
Manchester United 4 Everton 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, September 17, 2017. Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 in their third home fixture of the 2017-18 season. Antonio Valencia handed United an early lead in the fourth minute before Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, and Anthony Martial all registered a goal each in the second period.
In their four opening matches of the 2017-18 campaign, Manchester United had defeated West Ham United, Swansea City, and Leicester City, and drawn to Stoke City, whereas Everton had overcome Stoke City, drawn with Manchester City, and lost against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The Old Trafford club had won nineteen of their previous twenty-four Premier League home games against The Toffeemen and The Reds were strong favourites to emerge victorious this time around as well. The Merseysiders went behind already in the fourth minute of the tussle as South American flanker Antonio Valencia scored for United with a magnificent strike from just outside of the eighteen-yard box. Ex-Goodison Park marksman Romelu Lukaku should have doubled the advantage for the men in red a few moments later, but his left-foot effort went inches wide of the left upright. The Belgian, who had netted four goals in four Premiership games for his new employers so far in the season, came close to scoring again seven minutes ahead of the break when the striker broke through, only to be blocked by Everton and England stopper Phil Jagielka in the last second, and the visitors from Liverpool must have considered themselves lucky to be down by only a single goal at the interval.
Ronald Koeman´s Everton looked the better team during the opening stages of the second period, while the home side seemed satisfied with their 1-0 lead. The Mancunians nevertheless came close once again as a thunderbolt free-kick by Juan Mata from the edge of the penalty area hit the woodwork of the Everton goal four minutes past the hour mark. Late in the encounter, previous Manchester United goal plunderer Wayne Rooney was replaced by Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas and the Liverpudlian received a standing ovation from the 75,000 crowd and a handshake from Jose Mourinho when he left the field in the 82nd minute of the match. Shortly afterwards, however, The Red Devils caught fire once more when Lukaku put the ball on a silver platter for Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored from close range in the 83rd minute, and six minutes later the provider scored himself as he found the back of the net from inside the six-yard box. And in the second minute of stoppage time, French forward Anthony Martial scored from the penalty spot after former Manchester United midfield player Morgan Schneiderlin had handled the ball inside the area. After collecting all three points against Everton, United were now joint top of the Premiership table alongside Manchester City who had outclassed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road the day before. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford. Substitutes: Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Sergio Romero. Everton Team: Jordan Pickford, Cuco Martina, Michael Keane, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Morgan Schneiderlin, Leighton Baines, Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Mason Holgate, Muhamed Besic, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Davy Klaassen, Kevin Mirallas, Sandro Ramírez, Maarten Stekelenburg.