It was a fiercely fought contest but Manchester United always seemed in control. Everton provided some moments of promise, yet United’s strong defense and the combination of Fellaini and Matić proved too great to breakdown. Three goals in 10 minutes capped off a good performance for Mourinho’s side.
David De Gea: 7
The Spaniard wasn’t often called on, but he cleaned up excellently when asked. A big save against his old teammate Wayne Rooney shortly after the start of the second half was arguably the most important save. A delightful top hander to tip it over the bar in the last minutes of the game showed his quality. That’s four clean sheets in the opening five games and his 100th Manchester United clean sheet!
Ashley Young: 7
After an impressive display in the mid-week Champions League game against Basel, Young made a solid claim for the left-back spot ahead of Blind and the returning Luke Shaw. Young provided another experienced performance, knowing when to venture up the field and when to solidify the backline.
Eric Bailly: 7
A rock solid performance from Bailly and the United defense who are becoming almost impossible to break down. The partnership of Jones and Bailly was tested at Stoke, but they returned to their best this afternoon.
Phil Jones: 7
Jones quietly went about his job this afternoon, limiting Wayne Rooney and the Everton frontline to limited chances on goal. An assured performance.
Antonio Valencia: 7.5
Did someone say goal of the season? It’s been a while since we’ve seen a strike like that at Old Trafford. Valencia was a menace in the first half, making marauding runs forward, while stopping any threat from Everton’s left hand side. Quieter in the second half, Valencia commanded the United backline. Another clean sheet for the skipper.
Nemanja Matić: 8
Matić is already becoming the key component of this side. His tenacious work off the ball, alongside his clever reading of the game and excellent play on the ball, is making him a United fan favorite. United controlled the midfield today, which let the front three have more freedom in the final third.
Marouane Fellaini: 6.5
After his mid-week performance, Fellaini cemented his starting role against his old club in place of injured Paul Pogba. Playing alongside Matić, the two imposing holding players controlled the midfield. Going forward, Mourinho may need more from the Belgian in terms of creativity if he’s going to replace the dynamic Pogba.
Juan Mata: 6
With Pogba out of the picture for a while, Mata may need to be United’s outlet for consistent creativity. He showed glimpses but the end product was somewhat lacking. Hit the post with a clever free-kick.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 7
Henrikh finally got his goal! Quality finish to make it 2-0 and relieve United fans’ concern. He was a menace throughout the game, linking well with Mata, Lukaku and Rashford. Always looked dangerous when running at the Everton back-line.
Marcus Rashford: 6
A somewhat lackluster performance from Rashford today. He’s set a high bar for himself in recent games and was rewarded a start from Mourinho. His energetic runs forward were not finished with end product however, and was subbed on the hour mark.
Romelu Lukaku: 7.5
United’s number nine cannot stop scoring! It wasn’t the prettiest of performances from Lukaku, who was subdued for large parts of the game by his old teammates. He had a couple of chances in the first half and a one-on-one he should’ve buried. Nonetheless, he grabbed an assist and a goal to continue his excellent start in a United shirt.
Jesse Lingard (Sub, 61’): 6
Subbed on for Rashford on 61 minutes. Showed promise on the left hand side, offering fresh legs and a threat. End product still lacking.
Ander Herrera (Sub, 77’): 6
Replaced Mata after 77 minutes. Providing some needed energy to the United midfield.
Anthony Martial (Sub, 88’): 7
Hard to give much of a rating for a player that came on after 88 minutes. Yet, Martial didn’t put a foot wrong. Won a penalty in the dying minutes, and calmly slotted it away.
José Mourinho: 7
Controlled his side throughout. Putting faith in Fellaini seems to be working, and his partnership with Matić provided a controlled midfield. His subs also made a strong impact.