No happy return for Rooney as United thrash Everton, Chelsea draw against Arsenal
Manchester: Old Trafford homecoming for Manchester United’s greatest goal scorer Wayne Rooney ended with frustration on Sunday when his former club United went on a late rampage of goals and won the match 4-0 win against his new Merseyside club Everton with former blues star Romelu Lukaku on score sheet for United.
Jose Mourinho’s United go joint top of the Premier League table alongside their cross town archrivals Manchester City after thrashing the blues thanks to a ruthless Lukaku who showed no mercy against his former club by scoring a goal near the stoppage time and assisting with another.
A screamer from Antonio Valencia on 4th minute set the tone for the match and another a late strike from Henrik Mikhtariyan on the 83rd minute and a late penalty by Anthony Martial powered the Red Devils to the win.
Wayne Rooney who returned for the first time after leaving the Old Trafford earlier this year and joined Everton had a exasperating afternoon when he wasted two good goal scoring chances but received a good applause from the fans after being substituted with 8 minutes to stoppage time.
Elsewhere, in London two cross town rivals, current holders Chelsea and Arsenal fought out a frustrating goalless derby draw. Drama might have favoured Arsenal who will claim a moral victory after ending a losing streak against the top six side in the league for the first time since January 2015.
While Wenger’s men should have secured a proper victory but they squandered good goal scoring opportunities even when they had a man advantage after Chelsea’s David Luiz was sent-off for a late challenge on Sead Kolasinac making it the blues’ third successive red card against Arsenal and fifth in their last eight games.