Manchester United recorded a rare away win at Goodison Park on Saturday, and by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline. An impressive first half performance was rewarded with goals from Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera, before Wayne Rooney signed and sealed things in a rather less convincing second half display.
United made a good start to the match, and for once their possession was backed up by a pleasingly high tempo. They quickly began to dominate the game, and went close when Matteo Darmian fizzed a lethal low ball across the Everton penalty area within 10 minutes. Unfortunately Wayne Rooney couldn't quite stretch to meet the delivery, and the Toffees survived. But not for long.
It was only a few minutes later that Ander Herrera lashed a powerful shot goalwards, which Tim Howard could only beat over the crossbar. Everton failed to deal with the ensuing corner, and after bouncing around in the area, the ball landed kindly for a free Morgan Schneiderlin at the far post. The Frenchman made no mistake, tucking it home with a power and placement that Anthony Martial would've been proud of.
Within five minutes United's lead was two, with the second coming courtesy of a delicious cross from Marcos Rojo. The stand-in full-back's ball was met by the head of the onrushing Ander Herrera, whose header was powerful enough that Howard didn't stand a chance of stopping it. From there to the break it was plain sailing for United, who'd turned in one of their best halves of the season.
The second period was rather more ragged in its opening, and United struggled to deal with the increased intensity of their hosts. Arouna Koné wriggled free of Rojo all too easy within minutes of the restart, though skewed his shot into a mass of bodies in the penalty area. Moments later Aaron Lennon fed Romelu Lukaku, though he was denied at the near post by an excellent David de Gea save.
United looked on the ropes until a handy loose pass by Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka just past the hour. It was intercepted by Schneiderlin, who sent Herrera clear on the counter-attack down the right. A fine ball to Wayne Rooney later, all the United captain had to do was roll the ball past Howard. For once, he didn't disappoint, and the visitors went three clear.
Everton remained admirably industrious, but without reward, and United kept a hold of their clean sheet.