troubling afternoon for new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez – .

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troubling afternoon for new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez – .


Mason Greenwood took advantage of defensive confusion to give Manchester United the lead after eight minutes

Rafael Benitez avoided a major fan backlash at Old Trafford, but Everton’s new manager had a troubling afternoon as Manchester United easily won their last pre-season game 4-0.

In the former Liverpool manager’s first game in front of a significant number of Everton fans since his controversial appointment, a video of a few supporters chanting ‘sacked in the morning’ was posted on social media.

There were, however, no sustained chants against Benitez, even though he has considerable work to do on this evidence.

With Richarlison playing his 15th international game in a demanding summer as Brazil beat Spain in Olympic final and Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing with a foot injury, Everton failed to find an answer as United struck three times in the first half hour.

Mason Greenwood’s opener was particularly alarming for Everton as England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford knocked down a back pass from Lucas Digne’s header straight to the United striker’s feet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacked new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane but still had too many for Everton, with Harry Maguire nodding a second and Bruno Fernandes shooting a superb free kick in half an hour before Diogo Dalot does mark a fourth time stop.

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