Manchester United confidently dispatched Everton at Old Trafford amidst Injury to Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United were utterly dominant for most spells in the encounter against Everton as they dictated play right from the blast of the whistle. 

Erik Ten Hag set up his side in a 4-2-3-1 pattern, with David De Gea in goal, Wan-Bissaka, Malacia, Martinez, Maguire, Mctominay, Sabitzer, Anthony, Fernandes, Sancho and Rashford completing the first XI. 

For Sean Dyche’s Everton, they started with a 4-3-3 formation, with Pickford in goal, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, Gray, Simms and McNeil completing the eleven.

Manchester United got the game underway and off they went into the ascendency. The gulf in quality between the two sides was shown clear for the world to see. 

United almost scored in the 3rd minute via Marcel Sabitzer but Keane did enough to deflect the ball beyond the post. 

Simms also had a wonderful chance in the 19th minute after a nice move by Everton to move the ball to the right wing but his shot swerves away from the left post. 

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In the 23rd minute, Anthony went one-on-one with Pickford after a nice pass from Bruno Fernandes but the Brazilian couldn’t bury the chance. 

Manchester United still continued to knock on the door of Everton and it finally opened in the 36th minute as Mctominay got Ten Hag’s men into the lead. 

Scott McTominay celebrating his goal against Everton
Scott McTominay celebrating his goal against Everton

Sancho played a nice pass into the six yard box and the Scotsman shot one time to put Manchester United ahead. 

In the last minute of the first half, Manchester United almost made it two but Pickford once again made a save to deny Anthony from getting his name on the scoresheet. 

The first half ended Manchester United 1-0 Everton with Ten Hag’s Red Army leading confidently after a wonderful performance in the first 45.

How the second half panned out?

The second half started and Sean Dyche brought on Mykolenko to replace Godfrey just after half time for the Everton side.

Both sides started the second half neck and neck at each other, it seemingly look it had become evenly matched in the opening moments of the second 45.

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In the 60th minute, James Garner came on to replace Idrissa Gueye for Everton and Tom Davis replaced Amadou Onana. 

Erik Ten Hag also made a substitution bringing on Anthony Martial for Anthony Matheus. 

The game then opened up for Manchester United to continue to assert their dominance as Bruno Fernandes had a great chance in the 67th minute, after Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes played an exquisite brand of football with both midfielders combining with each other. 

The ball was received by Bruno Fernandes in the box but Jordan Pickford did enough to tip it over the bar. 

Sean Dyche tried to get back into the game by bringing on Neal Maupay for Ellis Simms and just a minute later Manchester United responded via a goal from Anthony Martial.

Manchester United went two goals ahead after a defensive error from Coleman

Coleman miscontrolled the ball in the defence of Everton and Rashford stole the ball from him before finding Martial in the box who slotted the ball calmly to put Manchester United two goals ahead. 

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Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford Bromance for Manchester United
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford Bromance

Christian Eriksen replaced Sancho in the 77th minute and Wout Weghorst came on for Rashford in the 81st minute.

Marcus Rashford was substituted in the encounter after he couldn’t continue in the game due to injury.

Sean Dyche brought on Nathan Patterson for Seamus Coleman and that was the last substitution made in the game. 

After three additional minutes in the second half, Manchester United strolled comfortably to victory after a solid performance all 90 minutes.

They move to 3rd on the Premier League table pending the outcome of Newcastle United’s next game while Everton would continue to hit themselves hard as they are still near the murky waters of relegation.

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