Manchester United vs Everton

Anthony Martial of Manchester United applauds the crowd after victory in the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

United and Everton supporters alike observed an immaculate minutes silence ahead of kick-off as a tribute to the loss of life at Leicester yesterday and also to mark 100 years since the armistice in World War One.

Pogba scored his first Premier League goal since August in rather controversial fashion.

However, The 25-year-old Belgium worldwide has failed to find the back of the net in his last eight (now nine) matches and has not scored at Old Trafford since late March.

"It's a hard sensation for us because a moment like that makes it easier for our opponent".

He then proceeded to set up Martial for United's second of the night with a neat lay-off.

At the other end, Juan Mata had a similar chance from Martial's delivery and Jordan Pickford had to parry away a stinging drive from the French forward as the home side began to exert some pressure.

The theme of the build-up to the match from Everton's perspective had been Marco Silva's assertion that he would take his side to Manchester looking to beat the erratic Red Devils and that showed in a decent opening during which they forced the first save the contest.

We have no idea what he was thinking giving away a needless penalty away.

"I think he coped well with his development process".

"The referee is there at that moment and it looks like my player touched the ball, so it's not a tough decision".

Lineker wrote on Twitter during the game: "Terrific finish from Martial". Sigurdsson and Richarlison combine to send Bernard free.

The visitors did eventually pull one back when Sigurdsson converted a penalty with 13 minutes to go, but United held on to claim a win that moves them above Everton and five points off the top four.

United thought they had a second on the half-hour mark, with Marcus Rashford pouncing from a save by Pickford, but was offside and the goal was ruled out.

Pogba fakes the shot and rolls it to Martial who curls a first-time effort from 18 yards into the far corner. The penalty was awarded after Smalling brought down Richarlison.

STAR MAN - Realistically, this label should be shared between Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Sigurdsson won a midfield duel with Matic, who was subsequently booked, to feed Coleman and the Icelander was quickly into te box to meet the resulting cross, but again the header was straight at De Gea.

  • Steve Townsend