Manchester United held firm as they secured a 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday evening and Nemanja Matic revealed the lesson his side learnt at Stamford Bridge.
Paul Pogba scored the opener from a rebound after his 27th-minute penalty kick was stopped by Jordan Pickford.
In the second half, Anthony Martial doubled Manchester United lead after curling the ball out of Everton’s shot-stopper’s reach, thanks to Paul Pogba for locating the former Monaco forward with a fine ground pass.
At Stamford Bridge, Man United came from a goal down to lead Chelsea 2-1 until the final minute when Ross Barkley scored the equaliser after a corner kick was taken.
And Nemanja Matic thinks United tried their best not to allow the same setback occurred again against Everton, who had the last corner kick in the last minute of the game.
‘Of course it is very important for us to win today,’ he told reporters. ‘As you know, Everton is a very good team.
‘We were unlucky that we didn’t win against Chelsea in the last second and, as you saw, in this game also in the last minute we had some trouble after a corner kick.
‘We didn’t want to allow this to happen again, so we are happy for the win, we are happy for the three points and I hope that this win will give us more confidence for the future.’
The former Chelsea midfielder also emphasized the need for United’s attacking players to show more of a ruthless edge in front of goal as Jose Mourinho’s men wasted a handful of chances to kill the game before Everton tried to fight back into the match.
He continued: ‘I think in some moments of the game we showed good football. We should, how we like to say, kill the game with the goal, but we didn’t score and when you don’t score this happens.
‘Obviously in the Premier League every team has quality to hurt you, so we knew they would try to score.
‘And they scored from the penalty, but we managed to control until the end and to win.’