Manchester United secured a commanding 3-0 win over Everton, with Alejandro Garnacho stealing the show with a sensational overhead kick. The victory came in the Toffees’ first game since a 10-point deduction for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
Garnacho’s incredible third-minute goal set the tone for the match, silencing the Everton faithful who were protesting against the Premier League’s sanctions. The Argentina winger’s acrobatic bicycle kick echoed Wayne Rooney’s memorable strike in 2011 and proved to be the only chance United created in the first half.
Despite Everton’s chances to level the score, Marcus Rashford converted a penalty in the 56th minute, and Anthony Martial sealed the victory with a neat finish in the 75th minute. The win propelled Manchester United to sixth place in the Premier League table, while Everton remained in 19th after the point’s deduction.
United’s captain, Bruno Fernandes, praised Garnacho’s goal, acknowledging its potential to silence even the protesting Everton crowd. The match took place amid extensive protests by Everton fans, expressing their discontent with the unprecedented points deduction.
“A goal like this has to silence the crowd — even this Everton crowd,” United captain Fernandes said.
The defeat leaves Everton in a precarious position, sitting 19th in the league and facing a relegation battle. Despite creating numerous chances, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s attempts, Everton couldn’t find a way past United goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The victory marked Manchester United’s fifth win in their last six league games, moving them up to sixth place and positioning them as contenders in the Premier League race. As for Everton, they face a challenging road ahead, with upcoming fixtures against Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Chelsea, and Burnley.
The match showcased the leadership of Bruno Fernandes, who handed the penalty to Marcus Rashford, emphasizing the need for the striker to regain confidence.
The game was a crucial win for Manchester United, providing momentum as they head into a busy schedule, including Champions League clash against Galatasaray.