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Everton 0-2 Manchester United

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial scored against Everton for the fourth time in six appearances against them

Manchester United moved back into second place in the Premier League behind Manchester City as they eased to victory over Everton at a subdued Goodison Park.

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 back on track

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Everton 0-2 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho praises players after 'worst possible schedule'

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.

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard now has 10 goals for the season in all competitions

This, however, was an untroubled return to second place in the table apart from a couple of moments of anxiety 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 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 creatively bankrupt

Everton manager Allardyce's problems are the same ones Ronald 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.

Oumar Niasse
Oumar Niasse heads wide in one of Everton's few chances in the second half

Allardyce has addressed defensive weaknesses with his customary zeal but Everton will continue to struggle to score until he can bring in a striker to offer serious threat.

Everton hope to secure a deal for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun - and the mounting body of evidence suggests this needs to be done as a matter of urgency.

Niasse is willing but very limited while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in need of a rest after taking on such a heavy workload this season.

Everton's fans demonstrated some impatience when Rooney was replaced by James McCarthy - who briefly made a difference before Lingard settled matters - with jeers from some sections.

Allardyce's pragmatic approach is being accepted for now, and any criticism must be placed in the context of his lack of potent attacking options, but it is a serious problem he must tackle swiftly.

Man of the match: Paul Pogba (Man United)

Paul Pogba
Pogba provided the assists for both goals and was at the heart of a much-improved United display in the second half

'We needed to put pressure on and we didn't' - what they said

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Everton 0-2 Man Utd: Sam Allardyce says Toffees let Man Utd take game away from them

Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "If you gift the ball back to the team like United then they punish you. Here's some analysis for the lads on Match of the Day if you want: For the first goal they back off, back off and back off.

"We needed to put pressure on United and we didn't. Martial takes the ball and lifts the shot with no blue shirt trying to close him down or tackle him. We have to avoid unforced errors, cut balls out and have to be consistent or a team like United will punish you.

"It's a shame what happened in last five minutes at Bournemouth and today. Up to then a magnificent performance from everybody, but we need to bring a stop to the run of bad results."

United just keep on beating Everton - the stats

  • This was Manchester United's 35th Premier League win against Everton - this is more than any other team against any other opponent in the competition.
  • Anthony Martial has been directly involved in six goals in his last five appearances against Everton in all competitions (four goals, two assists).
  • Paul Pogba has been involved in 10 goals in 12 Premier League games this season (three goals, seven assists) - one more than he was involved in the whole of last season in 30 games.
  • Since the start of December, only Harry Kane (eight) has scored more Premier League goals than Jesse Lingard (six).
  • Only Romelu Lukaku (15) has scored more goals for Man Utd in all competitions this season than Jesse Lingard (10).
  • Jesse Lingard has been involved in 11 Premier League goals this season (seven goals, four assists) and averaged a goal involvement every 84 minutes. Before 2017-18, his average was one every 378 minutes in the Premier League.
  • Jose Mourinho has lost none of his 12 Premier League meetings with Allardyce (W9 D3 L0) - the manager he's faced the most in the competition without losing.
  • Of sides to have played both this season and last season in the competition, Manchester United have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League since Mourinho was appointed as their manager in the summer of 2016 (45 in 60 games).
  • This is the third time this season that Everton have failed to fire a shot on target in a Premier League match, two of which have come in the last four games (Chelsea & Man Utd).

What's next?

Everton face Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup on Friday at 19:55 GMT, before returning to Premier League action against Tottenham at Wembley on 13 January at 17:30.

United host Derby County in the cup on Friday, kicking off at 20:00. Their next league outing is on 15 January at home to Stoke at 20:00.

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 30HolgateBooked at 83mins
  • 4Keane
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martina
  • 26Davies
  • 2Schneiderlin
  • 27Vlasic
  • 10RooneyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcCarthyat 62'minutes
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forLennonat 62'minutes
  • 19NiasseSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Jagielka
  • 12Lennon
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Sigurdsson
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 33Robles
  • 43Kenny

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 4Jones
  • 5Rojo
  • 23Shaw
  • 21Herrera
  • 31Matic
  • 6Pogba
  • 8MataSubstituted forTuanzebeat 90+2'minutes
  • 11MartialSubstituted forRashfordat 77'minutes
  • 14LingardSubstituted forBlindat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 19Rashford
  • 20Romero
  • 22Mkhitaryan
  • 36Darmian
  • 38Tuanzebe
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
39,188

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 0, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 0, Manchester United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Axel Tuanzebe replaces Juan Mata.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Davies with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Daley Blind replaces Jesse Lingard.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Booking

Mason Holgate (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Oumar Niasse.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 0, Manchester United 2. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Hand ball by Mason Holgate (Everton).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Anthony Martial.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Aaron Lennon (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Everton) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Williams following a corner.

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nikola Vlasic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Holgate.

Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Everton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mason Holgate with a cross.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. James McCarthy replaces Wayne Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Aaron Lennon replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City21192061124959
2Man Utd22145345162947
3Chelsea21143439142545
4Liverpool22128250252544
5Arsenal21115538261238
6Tottenham20114539201937
7Burnley229761919034
8Leicester228683432230
9Everton227692534-927
10Watford2174103037-725
11Huddersfield2266101835-1724
12Brighton225891727-1023
13Newcastle2264122030-1022
14Bournemouth2256112234-1221
15Southampton214892030-1020
16Stoke2255122347-2420
17Crystal Palace2147101832-1419
18West Ham2046102238-1618
19West Brom2121091528-1316
20Swansea2144131332-1916
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