Radamel Falcao’s first Manchester United goal secured a crucial 2-1 Premier League win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Colombia international striker, on a season-long loan from Monaco with a view to a permanent deal, crucially converted the outstanding Angel di Maria’s wayward effort in the second half as United claimed successive victories for the first time under Louis van Gaal.
Di Maria had put the hosts ahead with his third goal in five games before David de Gea dived low to his right to keep out Leighton Baines’ penalty on the stroke of half-time.
But, after Steven Naismith levelled, Falcao popped up with a timely first goal for the club in the 62nd minute, while team-mate De Gea produced a string of superb saves to deny Everton a point.
The result was a huge boost to United ahead of a two-week international break, during which Van Gaal will hope some of his injured players – including Luke Shaw following his 70th-minute withdrawal – will regain full fitness.
Defeat for Everton, meanwhile, extends the Merseyside club’s winless streak to five games in all competitions.
Juan Mata deputised for the suspended Wayne Rooney, with Robin van Persie taking the captain’s armband, and Antonio Valencia came in for injured midfielder Ander Herrera.