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A brilliant goal from Anthony Martial coupled with a thunderous strike from Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a much-needed and a well-deserved victory at the Goodison Park in their first league game of the new year.

Jose Mourinho’s men seemed to have found their mojo in the second period after a decent first half which saw neither team creating any major goalscoring chances. With Lukaku unavailable for selection, the Portuguese decided to go with a 4-3-3 where Paul Pogba was given some much-needed freedom as Matic and Herrera were given the nod to guard the back four.

After a quiet first-half, the French midfielder single-handedly gave Everton a run for their money. Be it playing his precise passes, his sheer pace or his ability to run down the defence, the 24-year-old did it all and played his part in both of United’s goals. United were in cruise control by the second period and the deadlock was broken soon after the restart.

A brilliant break saw Paul Pogba get his space on the flank. Getting past the Everton defence, the Frenchman found Anthony Martial right outside the area and the 22-year-old curled the ball into the net with a brilliant effort. Jesse Lingard added another as the game approached its final ten minutes and Paul Pogba was at it yet again.

Lingard received the ball from around 35 yards out and the 25-year-old decided to charge towards the goal all by himself. Curling a shot towards the far post, the Englishman scored his 7th goal in the league this season and all of them have come in 9 appearances since 28th November.

Mourinho spoke to Sky Sports (h/t ESPN) after the game,

“Jesse Lingard – one thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player. Some players are not capable of that jump. They go from great potential to normal players. Lingard is giving that jump. He is more consistent, he is adaptable, he understands better the game, he is going in a good direction.

“I don’t know about transfers. In this moment we are in trouble, in two to three weeks time maybe we recover and we breathe in a different way. Can we improve now or do we wait until the summer? I cannot say.”

Despite the fact that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard got the goals, Paul Pogba, arguably, was United’s best player on the field. Having said that, United now sit second on the Premier League log with both City and Chelsea yet to play their games. Meanwhile, the win left United fans in a hysteria and this is how they reacted to it: