Manchester United 4-0 Everton: Wayne Rooney frustrated as United march on

By skysports.com
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Romelu Lukaku was on the scoresheet for Manchester United

Manchester United made it a frustrating homecoming for Wayne Rooney as they thrashed Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.

United's all-time leading scorer watched his former team-mates take an early lead thanks to a fantastic strike from Antonio Valencia with just four minutes on the clock before late goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, who was scoring against his former club, and Anthony Martial put further gloss on the victory.

Despite chances at either end, including a good one for Rooney, Everton couldn't live up to United's ruthlessness, as the hosts moved level on points at the top of the table with rivals Manchester City.

The result leaves Everton with just four points after their first five Premier League games, although their tricky fixture list, which has seen them take on United, City, Chelsea and Tottenham, is behind them now.

Everton set out with a view to containing the confident hosts - but their resistance was broken inside four minutes by a sensational strike by Valencia.

Nemanja Matic whipped the ball across to the United full-back, who decided to hit an outrageous first-time effort from 22 yards which pinged like a rocket into the top corner.

Rooney spent most of the first half hour being crowded out of the game but he did wriggle free to turn a Cuco Martina cross a few yards wide before Lukaku missed a glorious chance when one-on-one with Jordan Pickford.

Rooney's golden chance came just after the break when his tenacity inside the box left him with a very presentable opportunity from 12 yards out - but his former team-mate David de Gea was there to rescue the hosts.

In a much even second period, United slipped deeper as Everton grew in confidence although Juan Mata did fire a 20-yard free-kick against the post just before the hour mark and Matic fired a daisy-cutter just wide on 75 minutes.

Rooney was replaced to a standing ovation with eight minutes remaining and United took advantage of Everton's gung-ho approach, firing home three late goals.

Mkhitaryan was sent through by Lukaku before finishing across Pickford before the former Everton man poked home from close range minutes later. There was still time for substitute Martial to plant a penalty home after Morgan Schneiderlin had handled.