PREMIER LEAGUE

Bruno Fernandes scores stunner as Man United thrash Benitez's Everton

Manchester United cruised into a three-goal lead by the 29th minute at Old Trafford on Saturday as they completed their pre-season in style.

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Fernandes scores stunning free-kick as Man Utd thrash Benitez's Everton

Bruno Fernandes' sensational free-kick was the highlight of Manchester United's rout against Everton, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side rounded off their pre-season with a 4-0 victory.

Fernandes curled in a brilliant effort from 25 yards out to put United three ahead in the 29th minute of Saturday's friendly at Old Trafford. A large crowd was treated to a superb first-half display from United, albeit Rafael Benítez evidently has work to do heading into his first season as Everton boss.

Greenwood opens the scoring

Jordan Pickford, making his first appearance of pre-season after helping England to the Euro 2020 final, was partly at fault for United's eighth-minute openerLucas Digne's header catching Everton's goalkeeper cold, with Mason Greenwood on hand to pick up the scraps.

Pickford was beaten again seven minutes later, another returning England international Harry Maguire powering home a brilliant header home from Luke Shaw's corner.  With Fernandes having compounded Everton's misery, Solskjaer was able to make plenty of changes in the second half as he prepares for a tough start to the Premier League campaign against Leeds United.

It was one of those substitutions – Diogo Dalot – who capped things off with the final action of the game, his header looping in over Asmir Begovic. Andros Townsend hit the crossbar and Demarai Gray missed a golden chance as Everton toiled before Dalot's header.

No debut for Sancho

There was no United debut for Jadon Sancho, while Raphaël Varane's move from Real Madrid is still being finalised.  The Toffees face Southampton in ex-Liverpool manager Benítez's first competitive game in charge.