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 goal 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.
Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku cupped his ears to the Everton fans after scoring but claimed it was just banter.
Despite chances at either end, including a good one for Rooney, Everton couldn’t live up to Man 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.
In a game where Lukaku worked tirelessly for his team and had his mind fixed on finding the net, the outcome was inevitable.
United entertain Burton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, again at Old Trafford, before next Saturday’s Premier League match away to Southampton.