Wayne Rooney moved into joint-second place in the Barclays Premier League all-time goalscorers list as he struck in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Everton.
United went in at half-time 2-0 up with goals from Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera and just as it seemed Everton would get back in the match after the the break, Rooney broke to score his first goal away from home in 17 league matches and his first at Goodison Park since 2007.
Schneiderlin’s first competitive goal for United in the 18th minute had given them the lead before Herrera headed in the second just four minutes later.
David De Gea continued his fine 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 match by manager Louis van Gaal to end his Everton hoodoo, finished a quick counter-attack on 62 minutes to move alongside Andrew Cole on 187 BPL goals.
Barkley did his best to inspire some hope for Everton in the closing stages but United saw out a victory which will restore confidence after their 3-0 defeat by Arsenal.