Lukaku ruins Rooney's return to Old Trafford

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in the 4-0 win over Everton.
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in the 4-0 win over Everton. Rui Vieira

ROMELU Lukaku scored against his old club as Manchester United ruined Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford with a 4-0 win over struggling Everton.

It was Rooney's first game back at his old stomping ground following his return to Everton in the off season.

United was patchy throughout the game but three goals after Rooney was substituted in the 82nd minute helped move Jose Mourinho's men to joint top of the English Premier League table alongside cross-town rival Manchester City.

Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put the home side into an early lead and the visitors rarely threatened after that.

Rooney, United's record goalscorer, had Everton's two best opportunities but once he left the pitch, United put the foot down.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bundled in the third. Substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

United and Manchester City have an identical record at the top after five Premier League games - wins, points, goals scored and goals conceded - with Pep Guardiola's team on top only alphabetically.

Big-spending Everton, meanwhile, slipped into the bottom three after a run of poor results.

Ronald Koeman's men have now lost its past four games in all competitions without scoring a goal.

Earlier, David Luiz was sent off late as Chelsea and Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said the performance was a "great response" to the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool as they earned a first point at Chelsea in six years.

"It was a solid performance with team discipline," Wenger told the BBC.

"Everyone wanted to see how we responded to our last away league game and we did that in a positive way. We could have won but overall it was an intense, disciplined and battling game.

"We are not in a transfer period and on the day we played Liverpool that affected us. We are all human beings. If you play 55 games a season you can have a bad performance."

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