Manchester U 4 Everton 0

Romelu Lukaku

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.


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