Anthony Martial scored the winner to become the club's leading scorer
Marcos Rojo struggled to substantiate recent links with Barcelona
John Stones produced a performance that justified his massive price tag
Manchester United moved to within a point of a top four finish that looked so unlikely earlier in the season following a battling 1-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial was a constant threat before slotting home the second-half winner - meeting a superb cross by Timothy Fosu-Mensah to score United's 1,000th Premier League goal.
Sportsmail's Dominic King reflects on five things learned from the game...
1 Marcos Rojo does nothing to enhance Barcelona prospects
Some stories appeared in the Spanish media last week in which Marcos Rojo was linked with a £12million summer move to Barcelona. For those who have watched the Argentinian regularly since he arrived at Old Trafford, the link was a source of puzzlement.
Rojo may have talent but he has certainly not shown it this season and in what was just his eighth appearance, he was dragged off at half-time having been turned inside out by Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu who, it should be noted, wasn’t even at his best.
There was friction at the beginning of the campaign between Rojo and Louis Van Gaal, which culminated in a heated training ground exchange last August. The defender has never been in a rhythm and it would be a surprise if he begins next season in United’s colours.
2 Modest Jesse Lingard has made a significant breakthrough
When Manchester United made the reverse trip to Goodison Park on October 17, Lingard was introduced as a substitute in what was a comfortable 3-0 win. Since that day, the young forward has blossomed and this was another diligent afternoon.
If he is going to establish himself as a permanent starter in the future, there will be a need for Lingard to raise his game further but his likeable attitude and fierce resolve gives him every chance of succeeding at this level.
‘I’ve just got to keep my feet on the ground,’ Lingard said in an interview in the matchday programme. ‘I have just got to do the right things and work hard on and off the field. It’s only my first season. I’ve not made it yet.’
3 John Stones provides a welcome reminder of his gifts
If Lingard has experienced the buzz that comes with being a new boy in the Barclays Premier League, John Stones has found himself dealing with the other side of the coin. The past eight months have certainly been a test for the England international.
The perception that he is a mistake waiting to happen, though, is nonsense. If Everton decided to put Stones up for sale tomorrow, a reflection of his reputation could be gauged by the amount of clubs that would want to sign him. He is an outstanding talent and that should not be forgotten.
With Roberto Martinez dropping Ramiro Funes Mori, Stones was restored to the centre of Everton’s defence alongside Phil Jagielka and bar one pass that he wasted when carrying the ball out from the back, he was excellent, his best work being the thundering tackle to thwart Anthony Martial.
4 Theatre of Dreams? More like just a Theatre
The afternoon began in a flurry of colour as red, white and black flags were waved to greet Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Lady Norma onto the pitch to see his name on what was the South Stand; everyone got involved, even Wayne Rooney, who was next to the singer James Bay.
It made for quite a sight but surely it would have been better to allow everyone to clap their hands to give one of the finest ambassadors a thunderous ovation? The quietness before kick-off, however, continued and there was a period of 15 minutes in the first half of almost silence.
This was ambivalence that got close to boredom and it was only late when the decibels increased. When United fans sang a homage to Eric Cantona, the away end responded with a chant of “who needs Cantona when we’ve got Barry Horne!” – a song for the man whose goal helped Everton beat relegation in 1994.
5 Roberto Martinez needs to get some wins on the board – quickly
It was impossible not to hear the booing at the final whistle from the Evertonians in the old scoreboard end. Frustration is growing among this fan base by the day and the fury is being aimed at the manager, who they feel is not getting the best from a squad packed with talent.
What is most worrying for Martinez, as the FA Cup semi-final looms, is that the fizz has gone completely out of Everton’s game. Their last two performances in the Barclays Premier League – this included – have been dreadful and it is difficult to see them finishing in the top half at this rate.
For the ability Martinez has got at his disposal, it would be travesty if that happened. He has to find a way to get Everton winning to release the pressure building around him. This was a game that was there to be won and patience has broken in many quarters.