Manchester United proved they still have what it takes to win the Premiership title after bouncing back from a horrendous display during their 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates before the international break.
Away to Everton was never going to be easy, but the Red Devils showed they had the quality when it counted, with a convincing 0-3 win over the Toffee’s at Goodison Park to help erase the memories left over from their trip to Arsenal.
Team captain Wayne Rooney scored his first goal against his former club in eight years after Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera had already given the club a two-goal lead as they cruised to victory.
This latest result has manager Louis van Gaal convinced that if they can now only continue this type of form against cross town rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford it will silence their critics who claim United has no chance of topping the table come May.
“I am very happy with the response of my players and I am very proud of the performance,” the United manager said.
“I think it was an excellent performance and maybe it is the start of many, many victories.
“We have to be more consistent, so next week when we win against Manchester City then we can say, ‘OK, now we think maybe about title aspirations’.”
“I am a very happy coach,” he said. “I am very proud of the players, it’s a fantastic performance.
“I think after the defeat to Arsenal we needed that also so therefore it’s very important that we won.”