Manchester United defeat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford as Romelu Lukaku celebrated his goal

Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku cupped his ear to the Everton supporters as late flurry saw United defeat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, their former forward celebrated his goal, making it five in five Premier League matches for him since his £75 million-plus-Rooney move, before later claiming it was “just a bit of banter”. The use of the cringe-worthy b-word was surely more offensive than the gesture.

Lukaku first set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their second goal, then netted from close range himself, before Anthony Martial wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

Lukaku cupped his ear in celebration after his 89th minute strike, which could have been perceived as goading Everton fans, though he insisted that was not the case.

“I mean, it’s another goal and I’m happy with the win,” he told Sky Sports.

“It [the celebration] was just a bit of banter, after [they cheered] the free-kick I missed.”

Uk telegraph report ,It was something of a nightmare return to The Theatre of Dreams for Wayne Rooney. He did not play badly – far from it, he was Everton’s best performer – but after the warm reception there was the rout.

Rooney was substituted before Everton shipped the three late goals that did not only turn this defeat into a drubbing but also dropped them down into the relegation places.

Espn report Manchester United blew Everton away at Old Trafford with four goals in the final six minutes to make the Premier League a Manchester top two as Ronald Koeman’s team collapsed once again.

United and Manchester City are now three points clear of third-place Chelsea and even further ahead of Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal. In short, it’s already looking like a Mancunian battle for the title this season.

The absence of Pogba does not help United in an attacking sense either, especially with Fellaini named as his replacement. And Marcus Rashford is too predictable when deployed out on the left, with defenders already discovering that he will rarely go on the outside when running forward.

Wayne Rooney rose to the occasion on his first return to Old Trafford with Everton. The former Manchester United and England captain showed his quality on a tough afternoon for his team, but too often, his brain was much more nimble than his body.