Martin Keown has suggested that Manchester United “did not have a clue” on how to deal with Richarlison and Bernard on Sunday afternoon.
The two Brazilians ran riot as Everton cruised their way to a 4-0 drubbing of the Reds, with Richarlison scoring the opener.
And Keown has singled out the duo for praise following a ruthless performance.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, he said: “Now, full backs play a vital role in controlling a game but United started centre-half Victor Lindelof on the right and a right back in Diogo Dalot on the left. Neither wanted the ball.
“Contrast this with Everton.
“With Richarlison and Bernard coming off the lines, their full backs bombed forward at will. There was a lovely balance to their play and United did not have a clue how to stop them.”
Anybody who tells you that they saw this result coming before kick off is a liar, plain and simple. Everton are such a temperamental prospect that it is impossible to predict what they will do next, but thankfully for the Goodison faithful, it was the side that steamrollered Chelsea and Arsenal that turned up on Sunday, as opposed to the team that rolled over so timidly in front of Fulham last weekend. As Keown rightly points out, the performances of the Toffees two Brazilian wide men played a large part in this famous victory. Admittedly they were helped by some poor performances from United’s full-backs, but they caused havoc from the first minute. They were direct, positive, and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the middle, had an outlet for their creativity in the form of a hustling, bustling target man. If they can pull their finger out, this is the blueprint Everton have to follow for success next season.