Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has urged his team-mates to find a way to kill off games in the future.
Jose Mourinho’s men secured their first victory since the international break on Sunday, with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial scoring either side of half-time at Old Trafford to see off Everton.
But it was not an entirely straightforward encounter as Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back from the spot, leading United to nervously cling on to a 2-1 win.
It was an important show of resilience a week on from being pegged back at the death by Chelsea, with defensive midfielder Matic pointing to the importance of building from the result.
“Of course it is very important for us to win today,” Matic said. “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.
“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.”