Manchester United put the defeat against Arsenal behind them, as they clinched a 3-0 win against Everton after a superb performance at Goodison Park.
On a ground that had rarely been a happy place for United in recent seasons, Louis Van Gaal’s side showed remarkable composure and secured a result that few would have expected ahead of kick-off, which keeps them in touching distance with City ahead of next week’s derby.
Here’s five talking points from Saturday
After the start to the season and all the reinvention of the side over the summer the performance against Arsenal was about as disappointing as a dry January with Amy Winehouse.
Lethargic, naïve and amateurish. Like a member of fat fighters being de-flowered, United’s midfield were appalling at the Emirates. They were not alone as there are few who can look back on that performance with any sort of pride. An uncharacteristic lack of character.
Neymar’s dad has confirmed that Manchester United did submit a bid to Barcelona during the transfer window last summer.
In the final weeks of the transfer window, rumours suggesting United might be plotting a sensational move for the Brazil striker intensified, as Ed Woodward and Louis Van Gaal looked to secure a star signing before the transfer deadline.
Anthony Martial has won the Premier League’s Barclays Player of the Month award for September, after making an impressive start to his Manchester United career.
The 19-year-old arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day, with fans sneering at Louis Van Gaal’s decision to sign an unknown teenager rather than an established international, while pundits and media had a field day as they criticised United for spending £36m on the Frenchman.
Wayne Rooney will soon rediscover his form and embark on a goalscoring run, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The United captain has become England’s all time top goalscorer earlier this season but has endured a torrid time at club level, scoring just one Premier League goal so far.
Former Holland international Youri Mulder has claimed Memphis Depay has an attitude problem, suggesting “people” at Old Trafford were beginning to show signs of frustration with the youngster.
Depay left PSV Eindhoven for United last summer in a £27.5m deal but has so far failed to replicate the sparkling form that inspired his former side to the Eredivisie title last season.
Manchester United have a chance to win the Premier League title this season but Louis Van Gaal’s new signings need more time to settle into a new reality, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
United, who are two points adrift of league leaders Manchester City after suffering an embarrassing 3-0 defeat away at Arsenal before the international break, face a difficult trip to Goodison Park on Saturday as they aim to reverse a trend that has seen them losing their last three league games on the blue half of Merseyside.
David De Gea says he’s been playing the best football of his career and he’s adamant he will take his sparkling form for Spain back with him to England.
The Spaniard was superb on Monday night, helping his side to clinch a 1-0 win in Ukraine with a number of spectacular saves – he stopped 11 of Ukraine’s shots – that frustrated the hosts as the defending European champions ended their qualifying campaign on a high.