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Manchester United 4 Everton 0: Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United 4 Everton 0: Romelu Lukaku
It was something of a nightmare return to The Theatre of Dreams for Wayne Rooney. He did not play badly – far from it, he was Everton’s best performer – but after the warm reception there was the rout.
Rooney was substituted before Everton shipped the three late goals that did not only turn this defeat into a drubbing but also dropped them down into the relegation places.
To add salt to that wound, the 31-year-old’s replacement, Romelu Lukaku, cupped his ear to the Everton supporters as their former forward celebrated his goal, making it five in five Premier League matches for him since his £75 million-plus-Rooney move, before later claiming it was “just a bit of banter”. The use of the cringe-worthy b-word was surely more offensive than the gesture

 In a tale of two strikers and to add to Rooney’s angst, on the day before he makes an appearance at Stockport magistrates, charged with drink driving, he missed a crucial chance. A chance he will have dreamt of. A chance in front of the Stretford End, where his name has resonated so often in the past 13 years, when the score was still just 1-0 and with Everton finally gaining some control having been overwhelmed at times during the first-half when they worryingly appeared to lack hope never mind ambition.

But that score has added importance as it took United back to the top of the table along with Manchester City on goal difference – plus 14 – as well as points, 13. Only the alphabet – U coming after C - defeated United because Everton did not appear likely to do that and they have now not won in the league since the opening day of the season and are winless in 12 league matches away from home for the first time in 13 years.
Worrying times for Everton, but less so for United. This is evolving quickly into a post-Rooney team with the focus on Lukaku - even more so in the absence of Paul Pogba who has been ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury

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