Manchester United’s convincing start to the new Premier League season continued on Sunday evening as three late goals proved enough to secure three points against Everton at Old Trafford.
Antonio Valencia put the hosts in front after just four minutes when his sublime half-volley from around 25-yards crashed past Jordan Pickford into the far corner, his first home goal since 2012/13.
Everton nearly hauled themselves back into the game during the second-half, with the returning Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson both denied from close range by fine stops from David de Gea.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side ran away with it in the final ten minutes, with Romelu Lukaku scoring against his former side and efforts from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial making it four.
The result sees Manchester United re-join Manchester City at the top of the table, with both sides currently holding identical records five games in, whilst Everton sit precariously in the bottom three.
See below for four intriguing statistics that defined Manchester United’s victory over the Toffees.
100 – Magnificent De Gea brings up his unbeaten century
Whilst yet another 4-0 score-line this season suggests that Manchester United ran away with the match, it certainly flattered to deceive as Everton were arguably unlucky not to score themselves.
United’s first-half dominance had failed to earn a match-clinching second goal and, within minutes of the second-half beginning, they were indebted to David de Gea for keeping the hosts in the lead.
He stood tall when faced with Wayne Rooney bearing down on goal, blocking his goal-bound shot with his legs, before producing a carbon copy stop from Gylfi Sigurdsson when just a few yards out.
Yet another clean sheet this season – United’s fourth in five games – signalled the 100th clean sheet of De Gea’s United career, and it’s hard to deny that he’s the main world-class player of the current team.
When he burst on to the scene at Old Trafford back in 2011 as an erratic, inconsistent goalkeeper there wouldn’t have been many that could have predicted the meteoric rise that would follow over the next six years, but now there’s a serious claim for De Gea being the best ‘keeper in the world.
30.5 – Super-sub Martial strikes again
It’s hard to believe that it has already been two years since Anthony Martial announced himself in the Premier League with his solo effort against Liverpool, and it’s been a roller-coaster ride for him since.
But it seems that his days spent on the precipice of first-team football are long behind him after an impressive start to the new season, with the Frenchman being involved in a goal every 30.5 minutes.
He may have only made one start in United’s five games to date but the impact he has had on matches from the bench has secured points for his side on a number of occasions already, scoring three times – including a late penalty against Everton yesterday – and assisting once in 122 minutes of action.
Whilst he won’t want to make a name for himself as a substitute, instead vying for a more consistent starting berth, it just goes to show the strength in depth that boss Jose Mourinho has at his disposal.
12 – Everton’s woeful week shows worrying signs
It was a week where Everton could have turned their early season form around and make a big statement of intent, with vital encounters against Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester United.
But Ronald Koeman’s side have endured a nightmare eight days, losing all three matches in a worryingly convincing style – 12-0 on aggregate – and failing to trouble the scores whilst doing so.
The Dutchman’s summer spending looked to have the hallmarks of a strong squad on paper, despite the leading absence of a proven striker, but there’s a glaring lack of creativity and end product in the side.
The fact that record-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was stationed in a left-back position for most of the opening half at Old Trafford tells its own story, and Everton desperately need to get out of their rut.
Home fixtures against Sunderland, Bournemouth and Apollon Limassol across three different competitions gives them the perfect opportunity to get some much needed and confidence-boosting victories under their belt, and Koeman will pray that one win can finally kick-start their season.
9 – United’s late, late show
A third 4-0 triumph of the Premier League season in just five matches has compounded Jose Mourinho’s excellent start, but it’s the manner of these victories that has been most intriguing.
Nine of Manchester United’s 16 goals so far this season have come in the 80th minute or later, highlighting just how strong their options are on the bench and just how much they try to wear down the opposition before striking late, and Sunday’s win was reminiscent of the victory away at Swansea.
It’s clear to see that the competition for wide places between Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard has benefitted United, and it’s a good sign of things to come this campaign.