Manchester United vs Everton; 5 Talking Points
Manchester United 4-0 Everton (Valencia 4', Mkhitaryan 84', Lukaku 89', Martial 92')
Manchester United started the game like a house on fire - Valencia's opener was certainly a thunderbolt of the highest order - before slowing the game to a pedestrian pace by the second half (a couple of glaring misses illuminating the game along the way)... before picking pace up in the last ten minutes and hammering Everton with three goals in the space of eight minutes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
Here's Valencia's screamer from a unique angle:
Only alphabetical order separates the two Manchester sides on top of the Premier League... and here's what we learned from the match:
#1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is arguably the most frustrating player out there
For the sheer quality that he possesses, the Armenian can be incredibly frustrating at times with his lackadaisical approach to the game. He is the best playmaker in the squad and has rightly edged out Juan Mata to the no.10 side but his tendency to flit in and out of games can be annoying to watch.
His goal showed just how good he can be... passing it into the back of the net; that takes him to 6 goals involved in (5 assists, 1 goal) - the most of any United player this season and more than he had in the whole of last season... but an increase in consistently good decision-making could finally see him be talked about in the same breath as those masters from across the town, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne.
P.S. Romelu Lukaku has well and truly become a Red Devil: