Marco Silva says Everton’s dazzling four-goal victory over Manchester United reflected his team’s dominance from the first whistle.
Everton blew away their visitors with blistering strikes before the half-hour mark from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott added to Everton’s tally after the break to secure the Blues’ largest margin of success over United since a 5-0 Goodison Park win in October 1984.
Everton have claimed 10 points from successive home matches against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and United. Silva’s side recorded clean sheets in every one of those games to equal the run of four straight Goodison shutouts achieved in April 2015.
Everton climb to seventh in the Premier League with three games remaining.
“It was a very good performance and we were the best team from the first minute,” Silva told evertontv.
“I am really pleased with what we did. We scored good goals and had fantastic support from our fans.
“We worked as a team from the first minute and scored in important moments of the game.
“We played with quality, were solid without the ball and earned an important three points.
“It was a strong answer after our last result and performance [2-0 defeat at Fulham].
“Even with the early goal we scored, we kept pressing Manchester United high. We never gave them the chance to feel comfortable.
“In this way, we can keep clean sheets against these types of teams, be comfortable and give our goalkeeper a quiet afternoon.”
Richarlison acrobatically volleyed Everton ahead on 13 minutes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin glanced on a long throw from left-back Digne, clearing the way for the Brazilian to arrive and athletically arrow the ball into the roof of the net.
Sigurdsson defeated United goalkeeper David De Gea with a powerful low drive 15 minutes later to match Richarlison on 13 Premier League goals for the campaign.
France international Digne swatted home from 20 yards 11 minutes after the break following De Gea’s punched clearance.
And substitute Walcott, on for the stricken Richarlison, slid in a fourth after being played through by Sigurdsson’s eye-of-the-needle pass.
Silva dismissed the notion Everton should view the result as a marker laid down for next term, insisting his team would focus exclusively on the final stretch of this campaign.
“We have to keep looking at this season,” said Silva. "We have our goal to achieve and it has never changed.
“We have to keep fighting, to prove our quality in every match.
“But it is important to give this good feeling to our fans.
“I want our players to enjoy the moment – and our supporters also.
“I want our players resting tomorrow and preparing to work really hard to get ready for the next game.
“We have many things to keep fighting for. It is important for us to keep this run, to keep playing well and achieving good results – and to finish the season in a good spot.”
Everton caught United on the hop with an explosive start to the contest, the hosts forcing a succession of corners and forcing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team on the retreat.
And Silva admitted it was vital Everton capitalised on their initial superiority when Richarlison lashed in.
“It was really important, it was what we did against Arsenal [when Everton won 1-0 after scoring on 10 minutes a fortnight ago] and has to be our aim,” added Silva, who is waiting on news of the knock which forced off Richarlison shortly after the interval and is optimistic Digne will recover quickly from the blow which prematurely ended his involvement.
“When you score early it is important, but we kept pressing high, playing fast and enjoying the ball.
“Our four players up front – Gylfi, Richarlison, Bernard and Dominic – did fantastic work without the ball and created problems for them
“The two midfielders did a fantastic job and our backline was always focussed.
“We were solid and with the ball we created many problems for them.
“We had a good atmosphere in our stadium and our fans enjoyed it. It is everything I want as a manager, the supporters enjoying what we are doing on the pitch.
“It was a well-deserved three points.”