Everton 0-3 Manchester United: Rooney helps Van Gaal’s men return to winning ways

The Red Devils cruised to victory over Roberto Martinez’s side thanks to goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Goodison Park since 2007 as Manchester United bounced back from defeat to Arsenal with an impressive 3-0 Premier League win over Everton.

Morgan Schneiderlin’s first competitive goal for United in the 18th minute gave them the lead before Ander Herrera headed in a second just four minutes later.

David de Gea continued his fine recent form with strong reaction saves to deny Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as United weathered an early storm in the second half.

But Rooney, who had been urged before the game by manager Louis van Gaal to end his Everton hoodoo, finished a quick counter-attack on 62 minutes to move joint-second with Andy Cole on 187 goals on the all-time Premier League scoring charts.

Barkley did his best to inspire some hope for Everton in the closing stages but United saw out a victory which will restore confidence following their damaging 3-0 loss to Arsenal.

United started with far greater composure than they displayed in the opening stages of that defeat to the Gunners, with Rooney smashing a shot wide after good link-up play with Juan Mata in the 10th minute.

Herrera brought the first save out of Tim Howard with a fierce drive from 20 yards and United took the lead from the following corner. A combination of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling kept the ball alive after Mata’s delivery bounced awkwardly in the box and the ball broke to Schneiderlin, who finished low into the bottom far corner from 12 yards.

Rojo was the architect for United’s second on 22 minutes. The Argentina defender, playing at full-back, aimed a pin-point cross from the left to find Herrera’s run through the middle and the Spaniard headed down and past Howard.

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