Everton came into this latest round of Premier League fixtures with a siege mentality and were ready to unleash their frustrations on Manchester United.
Following a 10-point deduction for a breach of the league’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSR) for the season-ending 2021/22, the Toffees found themselves second from bottom though a win away from escaping the bottom three.
Sean Dyche’s men though have been in good form unbeaten in three having lost just one of their previous five Premier League matches (three wins and one draw). As for their visitors, United are never too far away from a crisis, however, they won their last two on the bounce and four of their previous five matches.
In an emotionally charged atmosphere, the game was effectively over in the second minute when Alejandro Garnacho produced a bicycle kick of epic proportions. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial extended United’s lead after the break subsequently easing the burden on their under-pressure boss Erik ten Hag while Everton now must put this outing behind them in what’s expected to be another challenging season in England’s top division.
Here’s how the players rated at Goodison Park:
Jordan Pickford – 4.5 – A truly harsh critic would opine Pickford could have stopped Garnacho’s stunner. In reality, wasn’t a possibility, and that’s okay. He would concede two further goals, perhaps more preventable.
Vitalii Mykolenko – 5 – Had a speculative opportunity, he’s been in goalscoring form of late so he’ll continue fancying his chances going forward.
Jarrad Branthwaite – 5.5 – At times sloppy but this performance is not indicative of Branthwaite’s game.
James Tarkowski – 5 – Committed to Everton’s cause but the former Burnley man and company were immediately on the backfoot and never recovered.
Ashley Young – 4 – The first name in John Brooks’ book after producing a rash challenge on Garnacho he would then carelessly hand United an opportunity to double their lead from 12 yards.
Dwight McNeil – 5 – Squirmed an effort under Onana, which headed over the line until Mainoo slid in to clear at the last moment.
Idrissa Gueye – 4.5 – On another day he would be celebrating a brace. Forced Onana into committing an incredible save after unleashing a rasping effort from a distance.
James Garner – 5 – Played well at both ends but it wasn’t enough as United swamped Everton’s middle third.
Jack Harrison – 4 – Guilty of conceding possession and this lackadaisical performance contributed to United gaining control of the midfield battle.
Abdoulaye Doucouré – 4.5 – Had an opportunity to equalise from close range but his effort missed Onana’s goal by a foot or so. Before that was shown a yellow card for pointing out Garnacho kicking the ball away before a free-kick.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 5.5 – You can’t say he didn’t have any chances to breach Onana’s goal. His wastefulness summed up Everton’s day.
Nathan Patterson (for Young 73) – N/A – A late sub.
Arnaut Danjuma (for McNeil 73) – N/A – A late sub.
Youssef Chermiti (for Calvert-Lewin 82) – N/A – A late sub.
Lewis Dobbin (for Doucouré 90) – N/A – A late sub.
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André Onana – 7.5 – Kept busy throughout and showcased his shot-stopping capabilities through a spectacular effort to deny Gueye in the second half.
Luke Shaw – 6 – Back in the side. United missed their marauding left-back whose performance today could be described as tentative.
Harry Maguire – 6 – Another strong outing for Maguire who earned his spot back in United’s starting lineup much to Raphael Varane’s chagrin.
Victor Lindelöf – 6.5 – Encouraged to join in United’s attack the oft-maligned Swedish centre-back is fast becoming a first name on Erik ten Hag’s teamsheet.
Diogo Dalot – 7 – Produced the cross which led to Garnacho’s spectacular finish. Aside from that moment, the Portuguese full-back played on either flank as United registered yet another clean sheet.
Kobbie Mainoo – 8 – Making his first Premier League start and what an outing. Mainoo, who turned 18 in April, was in the right place to clear a McNeil effort off the line. “Mainoo has been Manchester United’s best player by a street. Brilliant, brilliant Premier League debut from him,” said Gary Neville after he came off.
Scott McTominay – 6 – His resurgence continues unabated. A marksman for his country McTominay today settled for a more controlling performance in the heart of United’s midfield.
Alejandro Garnacho – 9 – Scored a goal-of-the-season contender with an outrageous bicycle kick reminiscent of Wayne Rooney’s in that Manchester Derby some years ago. “That was unbelievable. A magical, magical goal,” came Neville’s verdict.
Bruno Fernandes – 6.5 – It feels like a while since Fernandes created a Premier League goal. He made amends this evening by playing Martial into Pickford’s path and ensuring all three points will be coming home with United.
Marcus Rashford – 6.5 – Ended a seven-game goalless run when he doubled United’s lead from the spot.
Anthony Martial – 7 – Had been enjoying another quiet game before racing into Everton’s penalty area. Young subsequently tripped him leading to United earning a spot-kick which Rashford converted. Martial’s tail was then up and ended the game netting his ninth goal past this opposition.
Sofyan Amrabat (for Mainoo 73) – N/A – A late sub.
Facundo Pellistri (for Garnacho 73) – N/A – A late sub.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (for Shaw 77) – N/A – A late sub.