On a day when Manchester United honored Sir Bobby Charlton, an Anthony Martial strike in the 54th minute was enough to elevate the top 4 bid of the Red Devils. Although it wasn’t a trademark Manchester United performance, they failed to hit a shot on target in the first half, today’s win was enough to see Manchester United keep up the pressure on Manchester City for that Champions League spot.
Here are 5 things we learned …
5De Gea again the difference for the Red Devils
For any team in the Premier League which fails to get a shot on target for a whole 45-minutes, the likely outcome of that game would be a defeat. However, thanks to another brilliant performance by De Gea, Louis Van Gaal was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief at the end of this game. With Tottenham dropping points along with West Ham, this win is a big boost to the top-4 credentials of the Red Devils.
4Stones had a very good day on the pitch
Being a far cry from the last time Everton met Manchester United, Stones was poor that day, the English international was rock solid in the Everton defense on Sunday. Thus, while the price tag that Everton have put on him still seems ridiculous, Stones has all the traits to be a World class defender.
3Goal-scoring still a problem for Manchester United
As a mere glance on the scoreline might tell you, the Red Devils were not in their best form today. They managed a 19th half time blank at Old Trafford this season against Everton today. While they could get a spot in the top 4 with performances like these, this kind of offensive performances aren’t normally associated with title challenging teams.
2At last a Premier League record for Van Gaal to cherish
While they could have managed this record earlier in this season, if they had been more potent up-front, an Anthony Martial goal today was the 1000th that they have scored at Old Trafford. They are the first team in Premier League history to score 1000 goals at its home turf.
1Rare bad day for Lukaku
For a striker who has scored 18-League goals this season, it was more than surprising that Lukaku didn’t manage a single shot on target today. Thus, while he might be hoping to play for Bayern Munich or Manchester United next season, a dream that could still come true, Lukaku would have to manage better performances than today’s.