Manchester United moved joint-top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 thumping of Everton at Old Trafford on Wayne Rooney’s first return to Old Trafford since leaving in the summer.
Antonio Valencia handed the Reds the perfect start but there were some nervous moments until Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second goal, shortly after Rooney was withdrawn to a warm ovation. Romelu Lukaku netted against his former club as the floodgates opened and there was still time for Anthony Martial to convert a stoppage-time penalty.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was surprised United managed to find the net four times, the Daily Star reports.
He said: “It was a very hard and tough game, we did not think it would be 4-0 but Everton gave us spaces behind the defensive line.
“We wanted to win the game and were not thinking about drawing. We knew Everton would come with big pressure so we would get spaces. We waited for our chances.
“The first goal was amazing, a great shot and finish. That goal gave us more confidence and tranquility.
“It does not matter if you win on 1-0, 3-0, 4-0, or 2-1, as long as we win.”