- Martial, Lingard curl home goals
- United with first win in four
- No win in four for Everton
Manchester United rode a strong second half display to beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Monday.
With the win United move into second place in the table and cut the gap to Man City to 12 points, while Everton remain in ninth place.
[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]
An even start to the game saw Wayne Rooney get plenty of the ball but United looked increasingly dangerous as the first half wore on.
Martial flashed a ball across goal which was begging to be finished but Jordan Pickford denied United’s attackers.
[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]
On the break Everton threatened at times, while Ander Herrera thumped an effort just over the bar for United.
[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]
Pickford tipped over Juan Mata‘s dipping shot from distance as United started the second half well. Mata went even closer soon after as his dipping, swerving shot from distance beat Pickford but smashed against the post.
Shaw then drove into the box and crossed for Herrera but Cuco Martina cleared brilliantly under pressure. Pogba then cut in from the left and flashed a cross inches away from Martial as the one-way traffic continued.
[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]
United went ahead deservedly thanks to a moment of magic from Martial as Pogba, once again, cut in from the left and found his countryman on the edge of the box. Martial then curled home superbly to put the Red Devils ahead.
The visitors threatened to run away with things after that opener with Pogba going close twice with a shot and a header from Martial’s cross, but at the other end Oumar Niasse headed Mason Holgate‘s cross inches wide as the Toffees pushed for an equalizer late on.
Lingard drilled a low shot in on goal but Pickford saved well, but soon after he made it 2-0 with a fine run from the left and a curling finish for his seventh goal in his last nine PL appearances.
United deservedly grabbed all three points to end a frustrating festive period on a high.