Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, scored fines goals that put smiles back on the faces of its teeming fans. The goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed a 2-0 win over Everton; Martial started in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and the United forward broke the deadlock in the 57th minute at Goodison Park.
Man. United showed more commanding presence in their first match of the New Year; a clear departure from their previously struggling outlook towards the end of 2017. Paul Pogba teed up Martial on the edge of the area and he stroked a sublime finish into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season.
Lingard wrapped up the points with a superb solo strike in the 81st minute after beating several Everton players before curling home from 20 yards for his fourth goal in his last five appearances.
United moved back into second place in the Premier League after ending a frustrating run of three successive draws during the congested Christmas period.
It was a welcome tonic for Mourinho amid reports the United Manager is beginning to lose the support of his players after branding them “childish” and “immature” and admitting the squad needs major investment to catch City.
“Our pride, our effort, everything was top class and on top of it we played very well. It wasn’t a performance of tired boys, with the worst possible calendar,” Mourinho said.
“Jesse is more consistent, he is adaptable, and he is going in a good direction.”
United are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who host Watford on Tuesday, and two points ahead of third placed Chelsea, who play Arsenal on Wednesday.