One doesn’t have to think very hard to imagine what kind of team Everton would have been over the past decade if they had kept a teenage Wayne Rooney under wraps. Manchester United were quick to remind Everton fans what they lost in a big win for the Red Devils.
Seemingly renewed against his former club in a much-needed win, Rooney was able to draw off multiple Everton defenders as Morgan Schneiderlin scored the first goal for Man United.
Minutes later, United wonderkid Anthony Martial was tripped up on the edge in a move that Everton may have thought would surely slow the action down for a yellow card.
But instead of stopping their momentum to challenge for the card, Ander Herrera charged into scoring position and turned what was a close game into a blowout with a breathtaking strike to double Man United’s lead heading into the first half.
With Man United cruising to a victory but still looking for the insurance of a third goal, it was – of course – Rooney who answered the call with the game-sealing goal.
That goal ended a 17-game streak for Rooney without an away goal, and simultaneously tied him with Andy Cole for second most goals in Premier League history.
It was a huge win for United who momentarily jumped into second place in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the loss dropped Everton to ninth.