Manchester United returned to winning ways to start off 2018, with two fine goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard seeing off Everton at Goodison Park.
José Mourinho made three changes from the side that ended 2017 with a goalless draw at home to Southampton. Victor Lindelöf shifted to right-back to replace the suspended Ashley Young as Marcos Rojo partnered Phil Jones in central defence. Ander Herrera came into a three-man midfield to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Martial was preferred to Marcus Rashford up front.
The first half saw chances few and far between as both teams struggled to find any sort of rhythm. United grew into the encounter as the half wore on though, with Paul Pogba freed up on the left-hand side of midfield to create and interchange with the fluid front trio of Lingard, Martial and Juan Mata.
United picked up the tempo in the second half, with Mata hitting the outside of the post with a swerving effort early on in the period and it didn’t take long for the Reds to take the lead as Martial beat Pickford with a brilliant curling effort.
Everton rallied and attempted to find an equaliser but Lingard’s brilliant curling effort put paid to any efforts to rescue the game from the Toffees. The academy product scored his seventh of the season, picking the ball up from the left and going past two men before finding the top corner.
Here are the United player ratings from Goodison Park: