Garnacho’s spectacular overhead kick proved decisive as Manchester United secured a 3-0 victory over Everton, compounding the Toffees’ troubles in the Premier League relegation zone. This clash marked Everton’s first game following a 10-point deduction for financial rule violations, and the Goodison Park crowd expressed their fury by brandishing placards condemning the Premier League as “corrupt.”
Within just three minutes, Garnacho showcased a moment of brilliance, meeting Diogo Dalot’s cross with a perfectly executed volley that found the top left-hand corner of Jordan Pickford’s net. Despite this remarkable goal, Manchester United’s overall performance was inconsistent. Still, goals from Marcus Rashford’s penalty and Anthony Martial’s strike ensured Erik ten Hag’s team secured their fifth win in the last six league games.
This victory propelled Manchester United to sixth place in the table, now within six points of league leaders Arsenal, marking a significant achievement amidst a challenging season. The visitors had to navigate a tense atmosphere, with Everton fans directing their frustrations towards the authorities for the unprecedented 10-point penalty.
After Garnacho’s early heroics, Everton regretted missed opportunities, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s failed headed chances and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s wayward shot. The contentious moment arrived in the second half when VAR intervened to award United a penalty, overturning the referee’s initial decision to book Martial for diving. Rashford converted the spot-kick, securing his first club goal since September 3. Martial, starting in the absence of the injured Rasmus Hojlund, sealed United’s most significant league win of the season with a composed finish from Bruno Fernandes’ through ball 15 minutes from time.