Louis van Gaal’s bid for Champions League football was boosted by a fourth win in five Premier League games to take Manchester United to within a point of fourth place.
Clear cut chances were at a premium during a tepid opening half before Anthony Martial slotted home the winner for United’s 1,000th Premier League goal – although Daley Blind was man-of-the-match after managing to contain the physical presence of Romelu Lukaku.
Sportsmail’s Dominic King was at Old Trafford to run the rule over both sets of players
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)
David De Gea
Showed speed of thought by coming out to to deny Lukaku in the first -half before making an instinctive close-range to prevent Jagielka from levelling late in the game. 7
The Italy international’s debut season has been punctuated by injuries – he produced a solid performance on the right side of United’s defence without turning heads. 6.5
Overshadowed by Blind in the centre of defence but gave a typically composed performance to justify his recognition as United’s most improved player this season. 6
Despite their physical differences, the diminutive Dutchman managed to contain the imposing threat of Lukaku and was rightly given a standing ovation when forced off by injury in the dying minutes. 8
Made a mockery of recent speculation linking him to Barcelona, the Argentinian was turned inside out by Deulofeu before being hauled off at half time. 4
Struggled to dictate play at the beginning of the game and appears languid behind the pace of the youngsters now leading Van Gaal’s front line. 6
Produced a wonderful crossfield pass in the build-up to United’s goal, but still struggles to resemble a Manchester United midfielder. 5.5
His experience brings calm to United’s midfield, but there were few telling moments before his energy faded and he was replaced by Herera. 6
Always looked the most likely source of goals and kept his composure to become the club’s top scorer with his eighth league goal – and United’s 1000th in the Premier League. 7.5
Showed energy and enthusiasm to get himself into several prime positions but lacked the finishing touch to steal more headlines this season. 7
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (for Rojo 45)
Replaced Rojo at half-time to play an influential role in victory, which included a superb cross for Martial to score and a crucial clearance in the final minutes. 7
Herrera (for Carrick 58) 6, Valencia (for Blind 86) 6
Ball deflected off him for the goal after Baines failed to clear Martial’s shot, but an otherwise solid performance to justify his continued selection ahead of veteran Howard. 7
Superbly timed challenge to prevent Rojo from crossing in the first half and generally combined his attacking and defensive duties without fuss. 6
Unfortunate not to equalise after his header crashed off the crossbar while the captain also registered Everton’s only shot on target in the entire match. 7
Everton defender John Stones cut out the mistakes to remind why he is valued at £50m-plus
An assured performance in the face of recent criticism and denied Martial with an outstanding challenge to show why he is one of the world’s most sought after defenders. 7
Decent performance at left-back in terms of defence while occasionally disappointing with his final delivery when surging forward. 6
Making his return to Old Trafford, the Everton midfielder gave Manchester United supporters no reason to contemplate if the club had made the right decision to let him leave. 6
Clattered early on by a rash challenge from Rojo but recovered to provide his usual tenacity from midfield, despite lacking an attacking threat. 6
Still has pace to burn but the former England winger has struggled to make match-changing moments since his arrival at Goodison. 6
Not at his impressive best and frequently caught out trying to play the sensational pass when simplicity would have sufficed. 6
Caused United all sorts of problems with his direct running and delivery in the first half before running low on energy and being replaced by Mirallas. 7
The Belgian’s pace and presence unnerved United throughout the afternoon in what could be an audition for a summer move – but Blind was more than equal to the task. 6
Mirallas (for Deulofeu, 63) 6, Niasse (for Barkley, 87) 6
Referee: Andre Marriner 7.
Star man: Daley Blind.