Louis van Gaal had been stewing over his team’s poor performance at the Emirates Stadium for two weeks and demanded a response from his players.
Here are the key men from United’s 3-0 victory that ensured a return to winning ways.
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Man United’s player of the season so far was immense yet again on Merseyside. Chris Smalling read absolutely everything at the back and made crucial last-ditch blocks and tackles.
Romelu Lukaku is arguably the most powerful striker that Smalling will come up against this season and both he and Phil Jones did enough to limit the Belgian’s influence on the game.
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At the start of the second half when Roberto Martinez’s men were well on top, Smalling needed to be at his very best - thankfully for United fans he was. The 25-year-old is in the form of his life and is developing into one of the best centre-backs in English football.
All of Manchester United’s fans adore Ander Herrera and his man-of-the-match contribution at Everton should encourage Van Gaal to play him more often. The Spaniard added tenacity, dynamism and intelligence to United’s attacking play and showcased his quality in the final third with both a goal and an assist.
Playing in a role just behind Wayne Rooney, Herrera linked midfield with attack and made countless runs beyond his skipper. He scored from one of those runs when he broke into the box and was left totally unmarked to head past Tim Howard.
Herrera ran tirelessly for the team, even in the dying stages of the game and received an excellent reception from the travelling supporters when he was taken off by Van Gaal late on.
Wayne Rooney led the line against his former club and produced one of his best performances of the season. He caused Everton problems with his sheer work-rate and terrorised Phil Jagielka at times with his movement.
It was Jagielka’s error that United capitalised on before Rooney ran in behind the defence and coolly slotted home to register his first away Premier League goal in 11 months.
Having helped Italy to reach Euro 2016 with a goal during the international break, Matteo Darmian seems to have regained his confidence in a United shirt.
Darmian endured a torrid time against Alexis Sanchez last time out, but against Everton he was back to the defensive levels that Van Gaal has come to expect from the 25-year-old.
He was an attacking threat down United’s right flank in the first-half and made some vital clearances to relieve the pressure on his team in the second.
A mention must be made for fellow full-back Marcos Rojo who was simply dominant in every one-on-one situation at Goodison Park.
The Argentinian defended very impressively and provided a wonderful cross to assist Herrera’s goal. Van Gaal would have welcomed Rojo’s strong display after the problems United have had at left-back since Luke Shaw’s leg break.
In the win over Everton, we saw why Van Gaal decided to bring the 31-year-old World Cup winner to the club. Bastian Schweinsteiger dictated the pace of the game with his high-class passing and showed his battling qualities in the middle of the park.
Before being substituted the German silenced the home supporters with his uncanny ability to keep things ticking over for United. Schweinsteiger gave United control of the game and he took the sting out of the contest early in the second half.
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