Marco Silva is the man.
This was the best Everton performance I’ve seen in my life, bar none. The only one that comes close is the 4-0 victory over Guardiola’s Manchester City.
But from the off today, we absolutely dominated one of the hottest Premier League teams of 2019. Manchester United took 86 minutes to register a shot on target, and even then it was an easy gather for Jordan Pickford.
They didn’t have a single chance beyond that, and even once they decided to grow into the game, four goals had gone past David de Gea.
Every single Everton player played excellently, and it was a whole team effort. The defence was as solid as it’s ever been, and we looked like we’d score every time we attacked.
The season has been a shaky one, but the obvious signs that it’s all up from here are present. We’re going to be seriously good, very quickly.
Marco’s at the wheel. Here are our Everton player ratings.
Jordan Pickford - 6
Nothing to do for Jordan as the four in front of him continue to make his life extremely easy.
Seamus Coleman - 7
Dealt with whatever United wanted to throw at him (which wasn’t too much at all to be honest) extremely well and accompanied Richarlison well down the right.
He has really turned a corner, and looks to be every bit the legendary Everton defender we know him to be.
Michael Keane - 7
A solid game up against the ever-irritating Romelu Lukaku. He wasn’t winning too much in the air, but he made up for that with excellent tackling.
His partner Kurt Zouma made up in the air what Michael lacked.
Kurt Zouma - 10
Kurt grows more important game by game. It’s going to be heartbreaking when he has to return to Chelsea inevitably, but we can enjoy what we have left of him right now and cross the transfer bridge when we get there.
Romelu Lukaku was a complete non-factor today. And whenever Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial tried their hand at him, he shut them down all the same.
A truly stunning 90 minutes.
Lucas Digne - 9
A deadly long throw-in set the Blues on course to another impressive result and also was the start of another Lucas Digne masterclass. If that wasn’t enough, he scored an absolute screamer to all but kill the game in the early stages of the second period.
He is Everton’s best player and one of our most exciting signings in years.
Idrissa Gana Gueye - 8
Whether he is playing for his transfer or not, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye if it does all go through as we expect.
He has most definitely played his way back into my good books (which I’m sure he’s thrilled about) over the last month or two and continues to be an integral part of Mr Silva’s plans.
Morgan Schneiderlin - 7
A tidy game from Morgan who did his work in the shadows as he often does. Smart distribution and clever tackles underlined a return to form for the Frenchman.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - 9
A tremendous return for Gylfi who struggled massively last time out. He was instrumental in all of our creative efforts and bagged a stunning goal to double the Blues’ lead midway through the first half.
Bernard - 10 (Man of the Match)
Bernard is only the second player to manage two 10 ratings in one season from yours truly. The other was Romelu Lukaku.
But Bernard was on another level today. He was the best player on the pitch and left plenty of us wondering just who we’d signed. He shouldn’t be playing for Everton, surely. He should have been lining up for Barcelona or Real Madrid today.
But he was in the Royal Blue, and all of us enjoyed every single second of it.
Richarlison - 8
Another awesome showing cut short by injury, but by the time Richarlison left the pitch, he’d left his mark.
An overhead kick-started the demolition, and what a start it was.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 8
Once Dom gets the goal to bookmark one of these fantastic performances, the media will go crazy over him. He’s a stunning young striker, and I’m so glad he’s an Evertonian.
Theo Walcott – 8
An extremely inspired, if forced, substitution. Theo was excellent when he came on. Even after he slotted home the killing goal, he worked tremendously hard.
James McCarthy – N/A
Phil Jagielka – N/A