The Red Devils, of course, were back in action a short time ago.
On the back of a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of city rivals Man City in the club’s return to action last weekend, Erik ten Hag’s troops made the trip to Goodison Park, eyeing a return to winning ways in a meeting with Frank Lampard’s Everton.
And, when all was said and done, put the Toffees to the sword is precisely what the evening’s visitors went on to do.
It was actually Everton who took the lead on the day, when the in-form Alex Iwobi left David de Gea with no chance courtesy of a pinpoint strike from distance:
The Toffees’ advantage, though, lasted just 10 minutes, as another fine finish, on this occasion courtesy of Antony, drew Manchester United on level terms amid a hectic start to proceedings on Merseyside:
And the clash was turned completely on its head on the stroke of the interval, when Cristiano Ronaldo, after being introduced to the fray owing to an early Anthony Martial injury, drove home his first goal of the Premier League season at Jordan Pickford’s near post.
The goal also represented history, as the 700th of the Portuguese’s legendary club career:
Ten Hag’s visitors, in turn, held on over the course of the 2nd-half, to ultimately emerge on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
United have as a result climbed to 5th in England’s top-flight, with Everton, on the other hand, stuck in 12th.
Jordan Pickford - 5, Seamus Coleman - 6, Conor Coady - 5.5, James Tarkowski - 6, Vitaliy Mykolenko - 5.5, Idrissa Gueye - 4, Amadou Onana - 6, Alex Iwobi - 7, Anthony Gordon - 5, Demarai Gray - 6, Neal Maupay - 5.5
David de Gea - 5.5, Diogo Dalot - 5.5, Victor Lindelof - 6, Lisandro Martinez - 6.5, Luke Shaw - 6, Casemiro - 7, Christian Eriksen - 6, Bruno Fernandes - 6.5, Antony - 7, Marcus Rashford - 7, Anthony Martial - 5*
Sub: Cristiano Ronaldo - 7