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Delight and delirium in Manchester


Manchester United shrugged off the debacle at the Emirates with a blistering performance at Goodison Park.

Book makers were wrong on the outcome as Everton were outplayed from from the beginning to the end. The highly effective Chris Smalling chested beautifully down to the path of Morgan Schneiderlin who slotted past the keeper with a poacher's finish. The clean sweep opened the floodgate as United took it up from there majestically.

Anthony Martial was taken out cruelly in a devilish United build up but referee John Moss played advantage and it turned into blessing for the visitors when Ander Herrera headed home emphatically from Marcos Rojo's precise cross. Everton seemed for moments to have lost their map as they strolled around cluelessly. The rain came too early for them and their weatherman didn't see it coming.

The second half wasn't even either as Manchester United romped past their hosts still. Whatever it was that Louis Van Gaal told his wards worked perfectly as Wayne Rooney etched his name into the golden plank with a record equaling strike. He now ranks joint second premier league highest goal scorer ever.

On the other side of Manchester, log leaders Manchester City hosted strugglers Bournemouth and were destroyed in fine fashion.

There were fitness fears at the Etihad after the horrific international break, but Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony both took their chances in the 5:1 annihilation of the new boys.

After Sterling finished from the near post, Bony's goal was fortuitous following a strange goalkeeper howler, but same can't be said of Sterling's second. After picking the pass with his back to the goal, the British jewel danced round two defenders before firing past a bewildered Federici. How sweet.

Sterling went on to complete his hatrick while Bony notched one more within a minute of final whistle though Glenn Murray beat Joe Hart expertly to offer the visitors some solace.

City remained on top, two points above Arsenal who eased past Watford to regain second spot after Manchester United usurped them temporarily.

Written by @Komptrolla

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