Manchester United needed to be patient at the end to really put Ronald Koeman’s Everton to the sword at Old Trafford.
An early thunderous volley from United captain, Antonio Valencia had set the tone for a possible comprehensive thrashing but Everton grew into the game and could have levelled things up late in the first half through Wayne Rooney.
Old Trafford was packed and the game showed the difference in class between the sides as Everton played deep into their own half for considerable periods.
Rooney – Former United captain had a mixed game
Not to be cowed, Rooney was the source of creativity and possible goal for Everton. However, the former United captain fluctuates between the surreal and pedestrian in his passes.
Only Valencia’s goal separated the sides on the break with a spark of brilliance from Romelu Lukaku ending in a comical execution on the half hour mark.
Up till the 82nd minute when Rooney was substituted, Everton gave as good as they got.
Things however took a downward spiral a minute later when Henrikh Mkhitarayan slotted in the second for the Red Devils through a slide pass from Lukaku.
The big Belgian stepped forward to play a free-kick on the end of the box and poor clearance from Everton defense gave him another chance to slam the rebounding ball off Jesse Lingard into Jordan Pickford’s net.
Anthony Martial coolly slotted in a penalty for the fourth goal after Morgan Schneiderlin handled the ball in the box.
It was a masterful display from Jose Mourinho’s team. They looked good, strong and capable of scoring tons of goals
Romelu is joint top scorer with Sergio Aguero and it’s looking like hes got plenty more in him.
Manchester United struggled for goals last season. They seem to have solved this problem with the Blegian – at least for now!
Meanwhile, Arsenal had held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the Super Sunday clash in West London.
The Gunners showed grit and determination in the rear to snuff out all Chelsea’s ealry attacks. At the end, Conte cut a frsutated picture over the result.
Mostly categorized as another loss for Wenger, the match had already been given to Antonio Conte by analysts and pundits alike.
The Gunners however gave a good account of themselves as they played a very compact and aggressive game against the league defending champions.
They could have won it had the assistant referee not called (rightly so) an offside for Shkodran Moustafi headed goal in the 77th minute.
Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette were both largely missing in the match for their teams. The latter was quite disappointing to say the least!
Sead Kolasina’s display week-in, week-out is gradually confirming him as the potential best signing of the season in the league. It is unbelievable that Arsenal got him on a free transfer.
The Bosnian international was efficient as explorative. His contributions and that of Moustafi were the highlights for the Gunners at the Bridge.
It was a precious point for Arsenal who had started the season on a disastrous note.
The key is in their desire to improve on this display and take that into their next match.