After a dull first half at Goodison Park, Jose Mourinho‘s side upped the tempo after the break and were rewarded as Martial struck from distance just before the hour.
Everton tried to respond but Lingard ended their hopes as he doubled United’s lead, and lifted them back to second in the Premier League, with a superb individual effort.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Cracking goal. As it’s now a thing, it’s worth pointing out that Martial has scored more goals in this calendar year than Messi, Ronaldo, Kane and Neymar combined.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 1, 2018
STAR MAN – PAUL POGBA
Pogba and Juan Mata took charge of the game in the second half, driving the pedestrian United forward at every opportunity.
Mata’s trickery and vision troubled Everton while Pogba’s passing and forceful runs constantly pushed them back.
Both also went close to scoring but Pogba probably just shaded it as to who was the most influential.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The first half was dreary but United woke up after the restart.
Mata twice went close with spectacular efforts and Martial changed the complexion of the game with a fine finish but Lingard’s goal was the most eye-catching moment.
His strike was a brilliant solo effort from the edge of the area after a penetrative run.
IN THE CROWD
Wayne Rooney had a disappointing afternoon as he came up against his former club.
He is clearly still remembered with some fondness by United fans – and rightly so – given he is their record goalscorer as they chanted his name early in the game.
They soon made clear he is no longer their favourite, however, with the next chant implying he is overweight.
Jordan Pickford 5
Mason Holgate 6
Michael Keane 6
Ashley Williams 6
Cuco Martina 6
Tom Davies 5
Morgan Schneiderlin 5
Nikola Vlasic 6
Wayne Rooney 5
Yannick Bolasie 6
Oumar Niasse 5
Aaron Lennon (for Bolasie, 62) 5
James McCarthy (for Rooney, 62) 6
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Niasse, 81) 5
David de Gea 5
Victor Lindelof 5
Phil Jones 6
Marcos Rojo 6
Luke Shaw 6
Paul Pogba 7
Nemanja Matic 6
Jesse Lingard 6
Juan Mata 7
Ander Herrera 5
Anthony Martial 6
Marcus Rashford (for Martial, 77) 5
Daley Blind (for Lingard, 87) 5
Axel Tuanzebe (for Mata, 90) 5
Rooney, now Toffees captain, rejoined his boyhood club last summer.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Rooney performed.
Playing in a deep role, Rooney was not really a threat in front of goal. He did try his luck with a long-range shot in the fourth minute but that was deflected for a corner. Beyond that, Rooney did not look like scoring.
Some of Rooney’s most notable runs were made for defensive reasons.
Never shy to get stuck in, the Everton skipper often back-tracked to try to break up Everton attacks.
He did so very effectively once in the first half as United probed outside the area, but other efforts were not successful.
He was booked for a poor challenge on Anthony Martial and later gave the ball away prior to the visitors taking the lead.
Rooney took responsibility for most of Everton’s set-pieces but had no joy.
An early cross into the box from a free-kick was particularly wasteful while his corners, mostly taken from in front of the United fans, were easily dealt with.
In terms of vision and awareness, Rooney could not be faulted. He spotted runs of team-mates and looked to pick them out while also creating gaps.
Unfortunately for him, the execution was not there and many of his passes were misplaced.
Rooney was his usual hard-working self but this was not one of his better outings.
United handled their former star player comfortably and he could not stretch them.
One of his errors led to a United goal and, with the visitors getting on top in midfield, it was understandable that manager Sam Allardyce withdrew him just after the hour.
Manchester United put a smile back on Jose Mourinho’s face as fine goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed a 2-0 win over Everton.
Martial started in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and the United forward broke the deadlock in the 57th minute at Goodison Park.
Paul Pogba teed up Martial on the edge of the area and he stroked a sublime finish into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season.
Having struggled towards the end of 2017, United were more commanding in their first match of the new year and Lingard wrapped up the points with a superb solo strike in the 81st minute.
Here, we focus on Martial’s performance.
Minutes – 77
Goals – 1
Assists – 0
Shots – 2 (1)
Dribbles – 0
Passes – 26
Key passes – 2
Pass Accuracy – 80.8%
Touches – 44
The striker capped off a mixed performance with an outstanding second half goal.
He looked off colour in the first half, failing to hold the ball up and instead trying to do it all himself rather than take the simple option of passing to a teammate.
Although he has the physicality to take on a strong centre back, the Frenchman is not a striker, and needs to be played on the left with Marcus Rashford up top in the absence of Romelu Lukaku.
With seven goals and three assists in 11 Premier League games this term, the elusive Martial warrants a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting team but needs to be employed in a left wing role.
29th min: Some loose defending from the hosts allowed space to open up down the left, and Martial collected possession and flashed the ball across the face of the goal, but Jordan Pickford reacted quickest to palm away.
55th min: A beauty of a goal. Paul Pogba raced down the left, drew in a defender and played the ball across to Martial on the edge of the box. The Frenchman took one touch and curled a sumptuous effort into the top corner.
65th min: He came bounding down the left, cut in and tries to find Pogba at the far post, but the skipper is inches from getting his head to it.
He didn’t receive great service in the first half but showed signs of his class after netting a goal midway through the second period.
He played too deep and held the ball for too long – something the 22-year-old can’t afford to do against bigger opposition.
Overall, good signs from the Frenchman but he really needs to step up over the coming weeks to prove his worth to Mourinho – who doesn’t seem to like to play him regularly in his starting XI.