With a new year came a slightly new-look Manchester United at Goodison Park on Monday and, with Paul Pogba revelling in a more advanced starting position, they finally got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success over a toothless Everton.
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard grabbed the second-half goals which settled the contest but it was Pogba who was the beating heart of their renaissance after a lifeless first 45 minutes. Playing a free role from the starting base of the number 10 position, the £89.5 million signing made up for a recent downturn in personal form to help United end a run of four games without a win which had seen them drop to third in the Premier League.
The opening half had seen United send in 10 attempts at goal but only one which troubled Jordan Pickford, and they came out for the second period in a far more purposeful manner. Juan Mata began by testing Pickford from range and then stinging the far post with a left-foot drive, and by the time Martial opened up the scoring in the 57th minute United had run Everton’s right side ragged