Manchester United 4-0 Everton: Bruno's brilliance back on show in final pre-season game
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Manchester United ended their pre-season in style with a 4-0 victory over Everton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will kickstart their Premier League season next weekend when United host Leeds United

Mason Greenwood put his team ahead after slotting the ball into an empty net. Lucas Digne and Jordan Pickford's mix-up gifted Greenwood the opening goal. 

Harry Maguire doubled United's lead from a Luke Shaw corner. United's England players (except Jadon Sancho) returned to action today after their break from the 2020 European Championship

Bruno Fernandes then erupted the largest Old Trafford crowd since the global pandemic began when he banged a free-kick into the top corner. 

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Greenwood found himself on the scoresheet after just eight minutes. Digne fired in a back-pass header to Pickford who could not stop the ball from rebounding off his chest into the path of Greenwood. The United forward's first touch took him past the Everton 'keeper to stroke it home into an empty net. 

Pickford's struggles continued as he spilt what would usually be a routine save from Fernandes' strike into the path of Anthony Martial. The French striker - who made his first appearance for the club since March - failed to finish. 

Less than ten minutes later, United had doubled their lead, this time through their captain, Maguire. The United skipper out-jumped the Everton defence to meet an outswinging Luke Shaw corner and head it past his England teammate, Pickford. 

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On the 30-minute mark, United were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Fernandes placed the ball and just as the crowd started chanting 'Bruno Bruno Bruno', he stepped up and hammered it past Pickford - a truly wonderful strike. 

Fernandes' strike also impressed his new teammate, Jadon Sancho, who is set to train with the squad for the first time in a few days. 

At half-time, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Fred all came on for United. 

The opening quarter of an hour of the second half had very little action. Andros Townsend rattled the bar on the hour mark and Alex Iwobi drilled a cross along the face of the six-yard-box for a sliding Demarai Gray to get on the end of it. Had Gray have got a toe to it, it would have been in. 

There were few major chances for United to extend their lead or for Everton to pull one back.

Both sides made plenty of changes and for United, Diogo Dalot was particularly impressive defensively but also managed to get on the scoresheet. In injury time, Fred put a cross into the box and the Portuguese defender managed to loop it over Asmir Begovic for United's fourth goal of the afternoon. 

United finished their pre-season with two wins, a draw and a loss. They also managed to score ten goals and conceded five.