Manchester United secured a much-needed 1-3 win away to Everton, a result which may have saved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job.
A Bruno Fernandes brace and a late Edinson Cavani strike helped United overcome Bernard’s opener in emphatic style.
How did the players fare?
GK - David De Gea - 6/10
Reinstated in between the sticks after Dean Henderson’s midweek cameo, David De Gea had little to do for the majority of the game as Everton were restricted to just one shot on target, from which they scored their solitary goal of the game. A quiet, yet solid game for the Spaniard.
RB – Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5/10
Often the most consistent performer on the pitch, Wan-Bissaka uncharacteristically struggled with the overload of Lucas Digne and Bernard, however, he offered an attacking output throughout and still managed a respectable performance.
CB – Victor Lindelof – 6/10
The Swedish international, as many defenders have already, struggled to compete with the aerial prowess of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as seen in the buildup to Everton’s opener. Beyond that, Lindelof was excellent with his positioning and looked confident throughout.
CB – Harry Maguire – 7/10
Colossal. A real captain's performance from Maguire. He dealt with everything in a calm and collected manner and, along with Lindelof, nullified the most in-form striker in the country.
LB – Luke Shaw – 7/10
Following his brilliant assist midweek, Luke Shaw looked like a new man at Goodison Park. His defensive output was stellar, and his consistent attacking output earned him the reward of yet another assist, a delightful cross for the onrushing Fernandes to power home. A brilliant performance.
DM – Fred - 8/10
Tenacious and tough tackling, Fred displayed all the qualities of a man worthy of a £50million price tag. He won a crucial battle with Allan in the middle of the park in a duel which would likely have been indicative of the final result, helping United claim a crucial win.
DM – Scott McTominay – 7/10
Partnered Fred well and helped keep James Rodriguez quiet all game. His defensive prowess shone through as he also displayed a passing range we’ve all been starved of seeing in recent months.
AM – Juan Mata – 5/10
The diminutive Spaniard looked traditionally calm and tidy in possession, however, this was yet another case of Juan Mata falling victim to his own capabilities as his aging legs meant a lot of the game bypassed him before he was removed for Paul Pogba.
AM – Bruno Fernandes – 9/10
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Bruno Fernandes reminded everyone why he is held in such high regard by United fans everywhere. A brilliant header to draw United level, followed by a cross which eventually nestled in the bottom corner to give United the lead. He then added a brilliant assist just seconds from time to round off a near-perfect performance.
ST – Anthony Martial – 5/10
Following his return from suspension, Anthony Martial failed to hit the ground running. Some clever play early on almost saw him open the scoring, however, the Frenchman looked off the pace for large portions of the game.
ST – Marcus Rashford – 6/10
Rashford showed glimpses of his usual direct self, offering a constant threat cutting inside from the left. While he failed to have any consistent involvement in the game, his ball progression was crucial for United and he was rewarded with an assist for Fernandes’ second goal, which he initally thought he’d converted.
Sub – Axel Tuanzebe – 6/10
The youngster was brought on out of position following Luke Shaw’s injury. Despite this, Tuanzebe shone in his foreign role as pressure began to mount from Everton’s devilish attack. A brilliant way to put his midweek woes behind him.
Sub – Paul Pogba – 6/10
Brought on with just 15 minutes to play, ‘La Pioche’ offered United composure and stability in possession when they needed it most. He also displayed glimpses of his attacking intent with some promising runs in behind.
Sub – Edinson Cavani – 7/10
‘El Matador’ has finally announced himself to the English game, and what a way to introduce yourself. A beautiful disguised finish to secure the three points for United.
Man of the Match – Bruno Fernandes
Who else but Bruno? The Portugues magnifico took the game by the scruff of the neck and dragged United to the three points and once again demonstrated his importance to Solskjaer’s side