It was a sad homecoming for Wayne Rooney as Everton was thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.
Manchester 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.
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.