As Manchester United welcomed Ronald Koeman’s Everton to Old Trafford over the weekend in the Premier League, Antonio Valencia and Co. made sure that the Red Devils ended the week with all three points in the bag.
In hindsight, the 4-0 win over the Toffees seems an easy match for the hosts but it was only after the 82nd minute that United took total control of the game.
Return of Romelu and Rooney
It was an altogether different story for the respective number nines of both the clubs. Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney switched clubs this summer and while the Belgian international netted his fifth goal of the season, Rooney was dismal in front of the goal yet again.
The warm reception from the Old Trafford faithful would have pleased Rooney but his inability to inspire Everton to fight back against the Red Devils is in stark contrast with that of Lukaku’s performance. The £75 million assisted Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 82nd minute for the all-important goal and broke the shackles. A few minutes later, the big man scored a goal of his own and celebrated with oozing passion.
The lack of a proper striker is hurting the Dutch manager as Everton have now dropped into the relegation zone. The sale of Lukaku raised enough money to buy quality replacements but instead, Koeman purchased number ten’s in the form of Rooney himself, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen.
The Toffees showed no intent in the first half of the match and were happy to sit back in their own half. Only when Sandro was subbed in in place of Rooney was when Everton looked the most dangerous. It exemplified the dire situation Everton are in and Koeman would be desperate for the winter transfer window despite spending £140 million this summer.
Jose Mourinho would be pleased with how his team have started off the campaign giving Manchester City a run for their money with the neighbours sharing almost the same stats as of now. But one thing that will perplex Jose is the selection decision between Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Both the youngsters have been phenomenal this season.
The problem is that when Rashford starts, he fails to score and Martial comes late on and nets a goal. Meanwhile, when Martial starts, Rashford comes on and scores the goal. Mourinho has not played the deadly duo together but the Portuguese gaffer’s tactic of unleashing either of them in the dying minutes of the match has been working really well.