Ratings: Martial the Man of the Match in Everton victory; Pogba needs to make it less about him…

Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial won a penalty in the 27th minute, with Paul Pogba stepping up with his stuttered effort, which was saved. However, the Frenchman scored from the rebound. Martial put United 2-0 up with a sublime effort in the 49th minute with his side cruising. However, a penalty was given after a Chris Smalling foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the Iceland international scoring from the spot.

At times, it looked like United were going to turn on the effort against Everton, showing that a rise in confidence was good for business. A penalty resulted in the first goal of the game after Anthony Martial was fouled by Idrissa Gueye. However, the Frenchman’s stuttered penalty was saved with the rebound finding the back of the net. Pogba made the penalty all about him, missing from the spot twice this season.

Man of the Match, Martial put United 2-0 up with a stunning curled effort at the start of the second half, which was well-received by the Old Trafford faithful. United showed confidence after dropping Romelu Lukaku, who played the majority of the second half, unable to find a goal, meaning he has played nine matches for United without scoring. As the game grew, Everton tried harder, winning a penalty of their own after Chris Smalling gave it away.

Martial had the chance to score again, even after scoring four goals in his last four games, but Jordan Pickford made the save, giving away a corner, which came to nothing for United. Everton got stuck in to try and get something from the game and with six minutes of added time to be played, just like at Chelsea last weekend. United dug deep to keep their lead, winning the game, rising to eighth in the league and now able to get ready for Bournemouth on Saturday.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Could have kept a clean sheet if it was not for Smalling giving away a penalty. The Spanish number one could not do anything to deny Sigurdsson's penalty effort. Seemed on the way back to the top of his game, which was good to see.


18 Ashley Young

Needs improvement going forward. However, defensively, Young did well against this Everton team. He put in a great sliding tackle during the game, which shows his attributes.


2 Victor Lindelof

Another good game for the Swedish international. Had the best game of his United career against Juventus and seemed to carry that form forward. His confidence, whist wearing a United shirt is clearly growing.


Chris Smalling

Gave away a penalty. You would think that on his 300th appearance, he would know better. Supposed to be experienced but clearly lacks it. Helped to organise the back four at times.


23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back struggled at times against Walcott. In possession of the ball, he lacked the needed composure. Not his best game, but every player will have games like this.


17 Fred

The Brazil international made his first start since September. Moved the ball quickly, which was needed against Everton. Showed his good United's midfield could be once settled. Needs to play a lot more in this team.


31 Nemanja Matic

Slow and laboured against Everton, but grew into the game. Not every player can be fast-paced and quick on the ball and Matic has his strengths.


6 Paul Pogba

Lacks concentration at times. His showboating in midfield led to Smalling giving away the penalty. His own penalty was starting to cause problems, laking a stuttered kick, making it all about him, missing again. This is Manchester United, not Pogchester United. A goal and an assist, meaning he has been involved in 31 goals since returning to the club, 14 goals and 17 assists. Needs to make it less about him more often.


8 Juan Mata

Moved the ball quickly from the start and got into good positions. He slowed as the game grew, which was understandable. There is no better player to have in the team than Mata right now.


10 Marcus Rashford

Came in for Lukaku but was not the target man that would turn on the charm from the start. Found the back of the net but was offside. Needs time and chances to be the main striker. Might need to play in a two up top formation to really flourish.


9 Anthony Martial

Man of the Match. Scored a stunning strike to put United 2-0 up. Could have had a second in the game but Pickford stood in the way. His attacking prowess will haunt Coleman from the first half. Seemingly, the Frenchman is getting back to his best.



Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Rashford 65'. Could not score again. Needs some time to adjust. Can't keep playing if there is nothing for him to offer. You would not keep driving a car that was not performing to the needs of the driver.


21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Mata 85'. Came on the help United keep their heads and the lead. They did. Should play more, possibly in place of Matic, maybe against Bournemouth.


14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Fred 90+5'. Did not get all that involved in the game. Good to have him back though.


Goals: Paul Pogba 27′, Anthony Martial 49′; Gylfi Sigurdsson 77′ penalty

Assists: Paul Pogba 49′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Mata (Herrera 85′), Rashford (Lukaku 65′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Lingard; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 20′, Nemanja Matic 39′; Idrissa Gueye 21′

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