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How Manchester United rated during their victory over Everton

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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a convincing 4-0 victory over Everton. They took an early lead through Antonio Valencia and struggled to put the game to bed until the final ten minutes. Their three goals during that period show how devastating they are and that they are one of the teams to beat this season. At this early stage, it is looking like a fight between the two Manchester clubs for the title. Here are how their players rated on Sunday:

David de Gea – The goalkeeper hasn’t been the focus this season as United are now not reliant on him, but he reminded everyone of his ability on Sunday. He made some great saves, including one outstanding one to keep out Sandro. 7

Antonio Valencia – It was a great start for Manchester United as they took the lead in the opening minutes. Their right-back produced an excellent strike from range to beat Jordan Pickford. His overall contribution was good as he offered support down the right and wasn’t beaten at the back. 8

Eric Bailly – Although the attack has been taking the plaudits, the defensive record of the team has been impressive. The Ivory Coast international has been central to that as his positioning is spot on and he is reliable in possession. He ended this game with a 97% pass success rate. 7

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Phil Jones – Nobody expected the Englishman to have a key role to play this season, but he has been given a fresh start by Jose Mourinho. His aerial presence was notable and his partnership with Bailly continues to improve. 6

Ashley Young – Like Jones, few expected Young to have a big role to play this season, but he was given an opportunity against Everton and performed well. His experience as a winger allows him to offer a threat down the left and he is by no means out of his depth when the team doesn’t have possession. During the match, he made seven ball recoveries and he will be pleased with that aspect of his game. 7

Marouane Fellaini – It was Fellaini that was brought into the team to replace Paul Pogba and he delivered a good performance. He won five aerial duels and made eight ball recoveries, which underlines his value to the team. The Belgian won the ball high up the pitch, which led to the second goal and that put the result beyond doubt. It was a crucial contribution from the midfielder. 8

Nemanja Matic – He has had a great start to the season and was assured again on Sunday. Matic has provided something new to the squad and he is emerging as one of their most important players. Five ball recoveries and an assist show what he offers. 7

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Juan Mata – The Spaniard does a lot of things that go unnoticed and it is clear that Mourinho considers him to be an important player. He made three key passes and came close to scoring in the second half as his shot hit the woodwork. 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – There are signs that Mkhitaryan is taking his game to the next level this season and he is emerging as one of the best players in the division. His positivity in possession is key to United’s exciting brand of football and he showed his cool head in front of goal to score the second. 8

Marcus Rashford – The teenager is exciting to watch as his pace and dynamism causes problems for opposition teams. It was a frustrating afternoon for him, but he did carry a threat and made one key pass. At the age of 19, he is still learning and it is refreshing to see Mourinho give him a prominent role. 6

Romelu Lukaku – This was always going to be a big match for the Belgian as he came up against his former club and he did manage to get on the score-sheet. On another day, he could have got more, but he continued to work hard and got his reward. Lukaku isn’t afraid to miss chances and that is a good trait to have. In addition to his goal, he got the assist for the second and that showed that he can be unselfish to benefit the team, which will please Mourinho. 9

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Jesse Lingard – Like Rashford, he was enthusiastic and looked to make things happen. He made one key pass and got the assist for the third as he flicked the ball on to Lukaku. Lingard won’t be a regular starter, but he has a part to play. 6

Ander Herrera – Something isn’t quite right with Herrera. He came on and looked tidy in possession, but didn’t do anything noteworthy to earn a rating. N/A

Anthony Martial – The Frenchman has had a great start to the season and he was impressive again on Sunday during his short time on the pitch. It was his great work that won the penalty and he then put it away coolly. He is pressing hard for a starting place. 7

Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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