Yet, for an hour after Antonio Valencia’s stunning opener, the visitors played well and caused the Red Devils problems, with old boy Wayne Rooney twice going close to drawing level.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman came in for plentiful criticism after the match, which finished 4-0 to United, not least because it was the Merseysiders’ fourth consecutive defeat and their sixth game without tasting victory.
In that period the Toffees have scored just twice and it is quickly becoming evident that Koeman’s Moneyball approach to replacing Romelu Lukaku’s goals – namely sharing the burden among several players instead of relying on one – is not working.
But only Rooney has pulled his weight so far, scoring twice in the opening weeks of the season, despite perceived wisdom suggesting England’s all-time leading scorer is no longer able to operate as an out-and-out striker.
So, how will Koeman react for Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth? He made wholesale changes for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Championship side Sunderland with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (two) and forgotten man Oumer Niasse on target.
Calvert-Lewin, so impressive in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City last month, has found opportunities surprisingly hard to come by as Koeman attempts to crowbar all of his No.10s into this new-look Everton side.
But the Dutchman would do well to remember the England Under-20 international is, along with the injured Ademola Lookman, one of the few players at his disposal who offers real pace in behind.
Everton have looked sluggish and one dimensional this season after failing to sign a pacy No.9 to replace United-bound Lukaku. The pace offered by the 20-year-old is much needed.
These problems are all of Koeman’s making. There is nothing to stop the former Barcelona midfielder playing two of Klaassen, Rooney and Sigurðsson behind Calvert-Lewin.
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