Monday, 19 October 2015

Comfortable victory over Everton.

Saturday's game at Goodison Park against Everton was possibly United's best performance of the season and the most complete game away from Old Trafford we've seen in quite some time. Quickfire goals from Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera in the first half and a Rooney goal in the second capped off a fine 3-0 victory for the reds.

United controlled the possession and tempo of the first half and they were soon rewarded in the 18th minute with a goal from Morgan Schneiderlin, his first for United in a competitive game. A Juan Mata corner caused Everton problems and the ball fell nicely to Schneiderlin who calmly slotted the ball into the far corner from 12 yards out.

And it didn't take long for the reds to double their advantage in the 22nd minute through Ander Herrera. United built up the play well and the ball eventually found it's way out to Marcos Rojo on the left touchline after a fine advantage was played by referee Jonathon Moss on a foul by Seamus Coleman on Anthony Martial. Rojo curled in a fantastic ball to the unmarked Herrera who finished well with a glancing header, incidentally United's first headed goal of the season.
Everton came out stronger in the second half and United withstood some early pressure well, with the help of a couple of good saves from David De Gea, in particular one saved with his feet to deny Romelu Lukaku from 12 yards out.

But the game was all but over in the 62nd minute as Wayne Rooney scored his first away goal in 11 months. A poor pass from Everton defended Phil Jagielka was intercepted by Schneirderlin, who passed the ball to Herrera and he played a perfect through ball behind the defence for Rooney to latch on to. One on One with Tim Howard, Rooney scored with a composed finish to cap off an emphatic away win.

It could have been more as United continued to create chances as Everton tired. Anthony Martial in particular shone in the latter stages as he gave Seamus Coleman a torrid time, continuously getting in behind him. But unfortunately a 4th goal never came. 

The victory was a great response after the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal and should fill us with confidence heading into the most significant derby match in a couple of seasons, with victory taking us ahead of City.