Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 to go joint top in Premier League
Manchester United 4 - 0 Everton

Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 to go joint top in Premier League

17/09/2017

Wayne Rooney's Old Trafford return ended in disappointment as Antonio Valencia's breath-taking strike set Manchester United on course for a 4-0 victory against Everton.

The win sees United move joint top of the Premier League, with an identical record to Manchester City after five games.

The build-up to Sunday's encounter revolved around the return of Rooney, United's all-time top scorer, for the first time since rejoining his boyhood club in the summer after 13 successful years in red.

Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford and left to a standing ovation, but it was Valencia that got fans on their feet as an outstanding half-volley kicked off a United win that ended 4-0 thanks to late goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Ronald Koeman has some serious questions to answer after Everton's fourth straight loss in all competitions -- an outcome that looked likely within four minutes as Valencia met Nemanja Matic's cross with a stunning effort.

Lukaku wasted a glorious chance and Juan Mata hit the post as United attempted to ward off the visitors' threat, with Rooney's 82nd-minute substitution -- the day before facing a drink drive charge at Stockport Magistrates' Court -- followed by a trio of late goals.

Mkhitaryan slotted home within seconds of Rooney's departure and then Lukaku fired home against his former club before Martial's stoppage-time penalty wrapped up a comprehensive victory.

It was quite the end to a match that started with an emphatic finish.

When Matic sent a sweeping pass across the 18-yard box, few expected to see Valencia meet it with the outside of his boot -- a half-volley that flew past Jordan Pickford in front of the elated Stretford End.

It was a strike of outstanding quality and allowed United to dictate the agenda, with Everton struggling to break through the lines and create a clear-cut chance until the 21st minute.

Rooney hit a low, first-time shot across the face of goal on a sweeping attack that highlighted the Toffees' growing presence in a game that should have got away from them after a Michael Keane mistake.

The United academy graduate's wayward pass was cut out by Mata, who put Lukaku through on goal only for the striker to somehow put wide of his former club's goal.

Home celebrations turned to embarrassment when it clicked that Lukaku had missed the target, with the travelling support quickly going through a similar swing in emotions as Gylfi Sigurdsson slotted home unaware Tom Davies had been called offside.

Pickford had to be alert as United pushed as half-time approached, but within a minute of restart it was opposite number David De Gea in action as tenacious Rooney won the ball off Eric Bailly and got away a close-range effort.

The United goalkeeper stood tall to deny Sigurdsson as the men in blue pushed for a leveller and the atmosphere Mourinho called for in his programme notes began to wane.

Mata raised the noise a few notches by sending a free kick off the post, while Jesse Lingard, on for the ineffective Marcus Rashford, was proving a handful as United looked to put the match to bed.

Matic came close from distance before Lingard's penalty claims were waved away, with Rooney then leaving to a standing ovation from the Old Trafford faithful.

The final eight minutes made uncomfortable viewing for Rooney on the Everton bench.

Mkhitaryan swept a low shot past Pickford after being put through by Lukaku, who was cheered by the travelling support after hitting a free kick into the wall. However, the former Everton striker continued into the box and fired home, cupping his ears to the fans that once adored him.

Sandro Ramirez's attempt at a consolation was well stopped by De Gea and things would soon get worse for Everton.

Ex-United midfielder Morgan Schneilderlin handled when Martial cut back, with the substitute scoring the resulting spot kick in stoppage time.

Related news

Andriy Yarmolenko's double lifts West Ham to first Premier League victory

Andriy Yarmolenko's double lifts West Ham to first Premier League victory

West Ham United beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday to secure their first Premier League points of the season as Marco Silva tasted defeat for the first time as Everton manager.

Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling help Man United end Watford's perfect start

Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling help Man United end Watford's perfect start

Manchester United ruined Watford's first perfect start to a Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Manchester City keep in touch with leaders with win over Fulham

Manchester City keep in touch with leaders with win over Fulham

Manchester City comfortably defeated Fulham 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to stay within two points of leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.

Granit Xhaka's cracker helps Arsenal to 2-1 win over Newcastle

Granit Xhaka's cracker helps Arsenal to 2-1 win over Newcastle

A free kick by midfielder Granit Xhaka and a goal by Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Newcastle United despite a stuttering first-half performance on Saturday.

Eden Hazard scores hat trick to send Chelsea top

Eden Hazard scores hat trick to send Chelsea top

A hat trick from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea their fifth win in five games, a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City that sent them to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino strike as Liverpool beat Tottenham

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino strike as Liverpool beat Tottenham

Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season after a goal in each half gave them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start

Watford came from behind with two set-piece goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday, ending the visitors' perfect start to the Premier League season while maintaining their own.

Manchester United beat Burnley despite straight red for Marcus Rashford

Manchester United beat Burnley despite straight red for Marcus Rashford

Manchester United fans showed their backing for manager Jose Mourinho after Romelu Lukaku struck twice as United returned to winning ways after two successive Premier League losses with a 2-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette scores in season's first start as Arsenal hold off Cardiff City

Alexandre Lacazette scores in season's first start as Arsenal hold off Cardiff City

Alexandre Lacazette scored his first goal of the season in his first start under Unai Emery, handing Arsenal a 3-2 victory away against Cardiff City.

RELATED NEWS

Andriy Yarmolenko's double lifts West Ham to first Premier League victory
Everton 1 - 3 West Ham

Andriy Yarmolenko's double lifts West Ham to first Premier League victory

West Ham United beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday to secure their first Premier League points of the season as Marco Silva tasted defeat for the first time as Everton manager.

Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling help Man United end Watford's perfect start
Watford 1 - 2 Man United

Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling help Man United end Watford's perfect start

Manchester United ruined Watford's first perfect start to a Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Manchester City keep in touch with leaders with win over Fulham
Manchester City 3 - 0 Fulham

Manchester City keep in touch with leaders with win over Fulham

Manchester City comfortably defeated Fulham 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to stay within two points of leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.

Granit Xhaka's cracker helps Arsenal to 2-1 win over Newcastle
Newcastle 1 - 2 Arsenal

Granit Xhaka's cracker helps Arsenal to 2-1 win over Newcastle

A free kick by midfielder Granit Xhaka and a goal by Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Newcastle United despite a stuttering first-half performance on Saturday.

Eden Hazard scores hat trick to send Chelsea top
Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

Eden Hazard scores hat trick to send Chelsea top

A hat trick from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea their fifth win in five games, a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City that sent them to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino strike as Liverpool beat Tottenham
Tottenham 1 - 2 Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino strike as Liverpool beat Tottenham

Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season after a goal in each half gave them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start
Watford 2-1 Tottenham

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start

Watford came from behind with two set-piece goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday, ending the visitors' perfect start to the Premier League season while maintaining their own.

Manchester United beat Burnley despite straight red for Marcus Rashford
Burnley 0 - 2 Manchester United

Manchester United beat Burnley despite straight red for Marcus Rashford

Manchester United fans showed their backing for manager Jose Mourinho after Romelu Lukaku struck twice as United returned to winning ways after two successive Premier League losses with a 2-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette scores in season's first start as Arsenal hold off Cardiff City
Cardiff City 2 - 3 Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette scores in season's first start as Arsenal hold off Cardiff City

Alexandre Lacazette scored his first goal of the season in his first start under Unai Emery, handing Arsenal a 3-2 victory away against Cardiff City.