It was a defeat on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park, which David Moyes did at Manchester United. And that was just a 2-0 defeat towards the end of an era. This was a humiliation at the beginning of a supposed new dawn. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has inherited a chaos and directs it.
United players need a reality check, their last manager had declared on Friday. It hit them hard here as Marco Silva's slim, sprawling, and clinical team recorded the biggest victory for Everton since October 1
Everton was great, not only physically, but also in terms of quality, desire and speed. United, who had made three changes to the Barcelona side in the midweek, was really pathetic. A two-goal deficit at half-time flattered her spiderless appearance.
The fear factor that United had long since dissipated had terribly annoyed the Solkskjær and the club's mood of support by the lack of response to the Champions League's exit. They are a club that is welcomed with open arms when they call the checkbook and go on trips to the Premier League. A third straight defeat in the away league – for the first time since January 1996 – had the feeling of inevitability when Richarlison led Everton into the lead with just 13 minutes.
Silva's team continued where they ended their last victory against Arsenal The opponent has time or space to build from behind and win almost every second ball. Often unchallenged The refusal of United, his reluctance or inability to crowd his opponents led to a comfortable walk for the hosts in the first half.
The breakthrough was a replica of Phil Jagielka's win over Arsenal in its build, though it was a long way from its execution. The excellent Lucas Digne threw a long throw towards the six-yard field in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit Chris Smalling in the Air Force. Richarlison kicked off with an acrobatic, emphatic overhead kick that flew into the roof of De Gea before the keeper or Diogo Dalot, the Brazilian-designated marker, could react.
Richarlison's impressive 13th goal of the season was also United's 45th goal matched the club's record for conceding most goals in a single Premier League campaign. It was also the eleventh consecutive game in all competitions without conceding, extending the worst run in seven years. The number 46 and a new unwanted club record was not long in coming.
Everton's second goal came from a corner of United taken by Marcus Rashford and beheaded by Richarlison. Idrissa Gueye took the lead and traded with the brilliant Bernard Passes before bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson into the United half. The counterattack slowed as the Icelandic captain needed time to think about his options. Sigurdsson sensed that a total lack of resistance from Nemanja Matic was the best solution. He stepped in and swept a precise finish from over 25 yards into the right post of De Gea. The United goalkeeper could have been sharper with his reactions – a criticism that could be directed at anyone in Pink – but Mata's passive part of the goal embodied the visit announcement.
Goodison reveled in Everton's superiority as well as in how his opponent's former forward Romelu Lukaku performed on his 250th appearance in the Premier League, which led to a tripartite attack in the name only. Lukaku's defeat in a 50-50 challenge against Seamus Coleman was particularly well received.
Third place was again an outstanding finish, this time from Digne, who scored half a volley near De Gea after the Spanish international had scored a clear goal Sigurdsson's corner. Anthony Martial was closest to the French defender when the ball fell, but decided against any disinclination. Moments later, Sigurdsson hit another corner from the left and tried to score. Only De Gea's sharp response to the volley from his own goal prevented Sigurdsson's success.
Everton's influential number 10 turned fourth for Theo Walcott with an outrageous nutmeg by Victor Lindelof. Calvert-Lewin had beaten two United players with a digne throw before Sigurdsson scored the substitute substitute. Walcott's first touch brought him off target, but he still had time to correct his run and defeat De Gea with a precise goal.