MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) – Radamel Falcao’s first goal in English football continued Manchester United’s recovery as they beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford to record their third successive home win.
Falcao had failed to score in his first three appearances following a loan move from AS Monaco but came good with the second-half goal which also gave United successive league wins for the first time under Louis van Gaal.
Everton, with only one league victory all season, missed a penalty and cancelled out Angel Di Maria’s early goal through the in-form Steven Naismith but were denied any reward by Falcao and the brilliance of goalkeeper David De Gea as United edged towards the top four.
Before kick-off, ex-United midfielder and South Korean international Ji-sung Park was unveiled as a new club ambassador by Sir Alex Ferguson as the legendary former manager stepped back onto the Old Trafford pitch for the first time in a public capacity since his retirement speech in 2013.
It has been far from plain sailing since Ferguson stood down as United manager but van Gaal avoided a fate that had befallen both Ferguson and his ill-fated successor David Moyes – namely losing to Everton in their first Premier League games at home to the Merseyside club.