5 Things We Learned From Everton 1-2 Manchester United


David De Gea Is One Of The Most Important Players In Manchester United’s History

And so here he was again, the saviour of Manchester United in the social media age.

#DaveSaves. #ThingsDeGeaCouldSave. Those two and more were both out to celebrate the Spanish stopper’s fine penalty stop from Romelu Lukaku just as Everton had almost crowbarred their way into the match in the second half.

The Spanish stopper is still metaphorically waiting in a departure lounge with the word ‘MADRID’ in lights above him, but it has become impossible to overstate his importance to United in these testing times.

As they teeter on the brink of years in the wilderness – their ‘Liverpool period’ as their own fans would probably call it – De Gea is their one symbol of sustained excellence.

He has become one of the most important players in United’s history, even if he could be leaving them behind in the near future.

 

Despite The Spirited Comeback, Everton Still Need A New Direction

Everton were as dogged, determined and dynamic in the second half as they were dismal, directionless and downright poor in the first, but football matches take place over 90 minutes and not 45.

Roberto Martinez’s future is rightly being called into question following a second poor season in a row, and this defeat proved that talented young players such as John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku deserve better coaching than they are currently getting.

The manager’s time looks up.

 

Anthony Martial Is Destined For Greatness, And That Won’t Be With United

How good is Anthony Martial? The exciting thing is that the Frenchman doesn’t even know himself.

Once derided as a waste of money before he’d even kicked a ball for his new club, the young forward was the best player on the pitch here and the deserved matchwinner at the end.

Another season of progress at Old Trafford awaits in 2016/17, and then he can be anything he wants to be.

 

Wayne Rooney’s Perfect England Role Is Revealed, Now Will Roy Hodgson Pick Him There?

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League : News Photo

There’s still more than enough time for thousands of articles debating Wayne Rooney’s ideal role in the England team at the European Championships in the summer, but in Manchester United’s impressive first half display it was pretty much revealed here.

Rooney will be picked by Roy Hodgson – that’ll happen, just admit it – and if he is it should be in the same deeper role he was picked in by Louis van Gaal.

He played well in the centre, with Anthony Martial on the left, Jesse Lingard on the right and Marcus Rashford ahead of him, and it is possible to imagine a similar thing in France with those names replaced by, say, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and perhaps Adam Lallana.

That obviously means that Dele Alli could well be missing out on a starting place, and although the young Tottenham star deserves one, wouldn’t it be just like Hodgson to leave him out in favour of Rooney?

The England manager faces a big decision.

 

Ramiro Funes Mori Inflicted More Damage On His Own Team Than He Did On Divock Origi

FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-EVERTON : News Photo

After Ramiro Funes Mori strode off – chest beaten – in the Merseyside derby in midweek, Everton’s deficit grew from two to four goals and Divock Origi’s season was all but ended, but by far the biggest damage that the Argentinean was responsible for was at Wembley.

The Blues played their biggest game of the season with Muhamed Besic woefully out of position at right-back and a half-fit Phil Jagielka – who was lucky when he dozily played Martial onside in the first half, only for the Frenchman to fire wide – in the centre.

Had Funes Mori been available then he could have helped Jagielka through the game, with the rickety John Stones moving out of the firing line to right-back, where he would have been a better option to deal with Martial than Besic was.

Has a player ever cost his team two games with one red card?

Funes Mori has a lot to answer for.

 

Read more from Mark Jones