In a triumphant return from the international break, Manchester United secured a commanding 3-0 victory at the spirited Goodison Park against Everton.
Maintaining their status as the most in-form team in the Premier League with five wins from their last six games and boasting four consecutive away league victories, United showcased their prowess. The win also marked their most significant away triumph in the league since defeating Tottenham Hotspur in 2021, a match pivotal in keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge for a few more weeks.
Erik ten Hag, currently at the helm, need not fret about job security for now. However, he found himself banned from the touchline for this match after accumulating three yellow cards.
Alejandro Garnacho set the tone with a goal worthy of the Puskas Award, reminiscent of iconic strikes by United legends Wayne Rooney against Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo against Juventus. Garnacho’s sensational overhead kick from beyond the penalty spot left Jordan Pickford helpless, propelling United into an early lead.
In the second half, Marcus Rashford extended the lead, converting a penalty awarded through VAR. Initially booked for simulation, Anthony Martial had the yellow card rescinded, paving the way for Rashford to calmly dispatch the penalty. This marked Rashford’s second league goal of the season and his first since September.
Martial sealed Everton’s fate with a deft chip over Pickford, capping off a counter-attack he initiated from his own half. With seven goals against Everton in the league, Martial showcased his prowess against this particular opponent, making it his highest tally against any team in the competition.