Angel Di Maria scored another peach of a goal, while Radamel Falcao grabbed his first in a Manchester United shirt, but it was the heroics of David De Gea which helped the home side see off Everton at Old Trafford in the English Premier League.
Di Maria was in the goalscoring mood again, striking a brilliant goal with his right foot to give Manchester United the lead.
Everton had their chances to get back into the game, after both Manchester United goals, with Leighton Baines throwing away an opportunity to make it 1-1 just before halftime by missing a penalty.
Manchester United, though, would give away a goal in the second half, with Steven Naismith continuing his great start to the season for Everton, before Falcao restored the lead for the home team, with a typically Falcao strike.
Everton threw a couple of houses worth of furniture at Manchester United right at the death, but there was De Gea, impenetrable and outstanding, pulling off a couple of ridiculously good saves, one with his right and the other, even better, with the left, to deny Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo.
Manchester United will certainly take the three points, but they will also know that there remains plenty of work to be done.
It was not a convincing win against a clearly weary Everton, who took a while to get going after their long trip and back from Russia, before fading a little in the second half.
Manchester United's attack is sumptuous when on song, but creaks remain in the defence, and Louis Van Gaal will hope a few of his players return from injury when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
Until then, though, Manchester United can bask in the glory of the fact that they are currently in fourth place – not too bad for a side, which, not too long ago, looked in deep, deep crisis; or at least were made to look like they were in a major crisis.
Everton's underwhelming start to the season continues, as Roberto Martinez's men are just a couple of points adrift of the bottom three, having picked up just a win and three draws in seven matches in the Premier League this season.
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