With the start of the Premier League campaign just one week away, Manchester United faced Everton at Old Trafford in their final friendly of pre-season preparations
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Manchester United wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a comfortable victory against Rafael Benitez’s Everton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men proved too hot to handle for Everton, particularly in the first half as United bagged three in the opening 30 minutes.
Goals from Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and a late effort from Diogo Dalot ensured Everton left Old Trafford in defeat.
With the start of the Premier League season just one week away, Red Devils boss Solskjaer will be pleased with the result as a means of building momentum ahead of the new season.
The result presents Solskjaer with further key selection and tactical decisions ahead of the first Premier League clash against Leeds United next weekend.
Relive the match as it unfolded below with build-up and minute-by-minute updates of the action.
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Matić, Van de Beek, Fernandes, James, Greenwood, Martial
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Doucouré, Iwobi, Gray, Townsend, Rodriguez.
That’s all folks…That concludes today’s live coverage of Man Utd’s final pre-season clash, where they proved to be too much for Everton.
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Full-time!Manchester United cruise to a 4-0 win over Everton in their final pre-season clash before next week’s opening Premier League game of the season at home to Leeds United.
GOAL 4-0 Man UtdForgotten man Diogo Dalot gets on the end of a low Fred cross to lob Asmir Begovic, who was in a questionable starting position.
4-0 Man Utd in what has been a comfortable showing from the first whistle.
Benitez afternoon gets worseAlex Iwobi, who has arguably been Everton’s best player this afternoon, is receiving treatment after a clash with Brandon Williams.
The former Arsenal man eventually rises to his feet, but is still clearly nursing the knock.
Greenwood desperate for a secondThe 19-year-old is clearly after a brace this afternoon, opting to shoot instead of passing it to teammate Andreas Pereira who was arguably in a better position.
Penalty shout for the ToffeesBen Davies appeared to have his feet taken from under him after a slide tackle inside the United penalty area, but Martin Atkinson waves play on.
Second half enters a lullThe latter stages of this tie are playing out with very little to note, outside of the teasing from Everton fans towards their own manager.
Benitez comes in for some teasing…from his own fansA chorus of ‘fat spanish waiter’ has rung out, but surprisingly from the away end as some sections of the Everton fanbase struggle to get behind their new boss.
Pogba’s effort waywardPogba fails to recreate Bruno’s heroics from the first half, the Frenchman’s free-kick high and wide of Begovic’s goal.
Solskjaer continues with the changesHarry Maguire is the latest first team regular to make way after getting another 70 minutes in the tank.
Immediately after his substitution, Juan Mata created a chance for Mason Greenwood with a delightful lofted through-ball, but Greenwood failed to get a shot off.
Everton continue to knock on the doorIt certainly feels like Everton are the closer of the two sides to scoring next, with the Toffees spending much of the second half in United’s final third.
How have Everton not scored?Everton’s best move of the match really should have ended with them pulling one back.
Alex Iwobi’s drilled pass across the face of United’s goal evaded everyone, inlcuding the outstretched leg of Demarai Gray, who couldn’t convert from close range.
Bruno Fernandes makes way…After yet another talismanic performance, Fernandes’ work for the afternoon is done at the hour mark.
He makes way, alongside Luke Shaw in place of Diogo Dalot and Axel Tuanzebe.
Everton rattle the woodworkAndros Townsend mets a drilled cross from Lucas Digne with a fierce left-footed strike but can only find the frame of De gea’s goal.
The crossbar was shaking for some time after that one…
Seamus Coleman is testing Martin AtkinsonColeman can consider himself lucky to still be on the pitch.
Having just been booked for clattering Dan James, he makes near enough the same foul five minutes later, only this time is not met with a card.
Townsend troubles De GeaEverton get a rare shot off as Andros Townsend’s left footed effort meets the palms of David de Gea.
Better from the visitors…
Donny van de BenchedDespite enjoying an impressive first-half display, Donny van de Beek yet again finds himself on the Old Trafford bench, hauled off in place of Juan Mata after just 45 minutes.
James clattered by ColemanThe Welshman was upended by Seamus Coleman after a delightful touch beat the Everton full-back originally.
Coleman was carded for his troubles, briefly forgetting this is a pre-season friendly…
Pickford axed after bleak displayJordan Pickford has been substituted at the interval to hand new shot-stopper Asmir Begovic another chance to impress.
Pickford will have to put that first half to the back of his minid quickly if he is to bounce back in time for Everton’s opening Premier League game of the season.
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Pogba set to be introducedPaul Pogba is about to be introduced into the fray alongside fellow midfielder Fred for the second half.
This second half marks the pair’s first game for United since their international commitments in the summer.
Spanish playmaker Juan Mata will also come on for the second half.
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Bruno puts a smile on Old Trafford facesThe 45,000 in attendance at Old Trafford will be delighted to see such a dominant first half display, but Bruno Fernandes’ goal was comfortably the highlight of the opening 45 minutes.
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Half-time – Man Utd three to the goodWhat a rampant first 45 minutes from the hosts, who have had their foot on the necks of Everton from minute one.
Goal from Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes hand United a comfortable three goal cushion at the interval.
Everton can’t get out…The Toffess are struggling to form a meaningful attack, such is the relentless fashion in which United are harrying this visitors out of possession.
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A rare chance for the visitorsBen Godfrey found himself with more space than he bargained for in the United penalty area, but his header failed to trouble David de Gea.
Pickford woes continueHaving seen it back, there is an argument to be made that Jordan Pickford should do better with Bruno’s effort.
Hardly in the absolute corner, Pickford has saved more precise efforts…what a miserable afternoon for the Everton shot-stopper.
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3-0 and in some style! 3-0 Man UtdBruno Fernandes take a bow!
After struggling to have much of an impact on this tie thus far, Fernandes leaves Jordan Pickford grasping at air with a perfect free-kick from around 21 yards out.
Old Trafford erupts as the midfielder bags yet another goal.
Everton struggling to get a foothold in this tie…Rafa Benitez has clearly got his work cut out this season if this opening 25 minutes are anything to go by.
United are comfortably winning the midfield battle, but Harry Maguire has arguably been the most pregressive passer on the pitch thus far.
‘Shaw-berto Carlos’ at it again…It was a trademark pinpoint corner from England and Man Utd favourite Luke Shaw that found the head of Maguire for United’s second.
Welcome back Jordan Pickford!In his first game in front of fans that were no doubt cheering him on throughout the summer, Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford is currently the subject of light-hearted cheers from the home faithful who mock a rare comfortable touch from the keeper.
United’s backline have had very little to doUnited’s backline have been passengers in this clash so far, De Gea yet to make a meaningful save while Luke Shaw has solely been on attacking duty in the opening 20 minutes.
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