Anthony Martial scored against Everton for the fourth time

Anthony Martial scored against Everton for the fourth time

Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:52 am

United manager Jose Mourinho was keen to end a sequence of three draws and they were able to achieve it with the minimum of fuss against Sam Allardyce's toothless hosts.

Anthony Martial compensated for the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a superb curling effort from 20 yards in the 57th minute after former United star Wayne Rooney lost possession.
Everton barely posed a threat apart from an Oumar Niasse header off target, and United wrapped up a win that reduces Manchester City's lead to 12 points before they play Watford on Tuesday when Jesse Lingard struck a brilliant shot from outside the area beyond Jordan Pickford.
United's goals may have been spectacular but this was a largely efficient display settled by an increase in tempo and work-rate at the start of the second half that was more than enough to dispatch a timid Everton.
Mourinho was missing Lukaku, ruled out of a return to Everton after suffering a heavy knock to the head against Southampton, and Ibrahimovic, who has a knee injury, but they were still far too strong for Everton.
The United manager has cut a downbeat figure after a winless run of four matches, which included the shock League Cup loss at Bristol City and Premier League draws against Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton.
This, however, was an untroubled return to second place in the table apart from a couple of moments of anxiety Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey after Martial put them ahead just before the hour.In a match short on high excitement, it needed moments of magic to add a layer of gloss to a colourless occasion and Martial provided it, along with the prolific Lingard.
Something special was required to beat Everton's outstanding goalkeeper Pickford and it duly arrived via the quick feet and precise finish into the top corner from Martial after a neat pass from Paul Pogba, who was Clint Boling Womens Jersey again involved later on when the rapidly maturing Lingard added a stylish second.
United's chase of City at the summit is surely forlorn but the battle for the top four looks increasingly competitive, so this was an important victory.Everton manager Allardyce's problems are the same ones Ronald Womens Jersey Koeman had before he was sacked in October - a horribly imbalanced squad with weaknesses exposed by the inexplicable failure to replace leading scorer Lukaku after his move to United.
Everton have ground out grim goalless draws against Chelsea and West Brom while they were spared defeat in the Merseyside derby at Liverpool by Rooney's late penalty.

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