Spaniard De Gea was heavily criticised in his first season at Old Trafford, but bounced back last season by winning United's player of the year award. Today, the former Atletico Madrid star was phenomenal, saving Leighton Baines' first half penalty before producing three unbelievable stops in injury time to keep Everton at bay. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) and Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) are widely considered to be the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, but another fine De Gea display has him in the upper echelons of that debate.
Wayne Rooney wasn't missed
Captain Rooney was sent off in the club's last game against West Ham United, and was replaced by Spaniard Juan Mata in the line-up today. The former Chelsea man notched an assist, laying the ball on for Di Maria's goal, and was neat and tidy throughout in Rooney's absence. The England international will almost certainly be back in the line-up for United's next game, but today showed that United don't necessarily need their captain to win games.
Van Gaal has faith in United's young crop
Whilst at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Louis van Gaal had a reputation for fielding young players, and that seems to have carried over to his time at Manchester United. Today's game saw the likes of Patrick McNair, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson feature, and whilst they may never prove to be like the 'Class of 92', van Gaal seems insistent on making them a part of the first team plans for now and in the future.
Luke Shaw needs time to settle
Having missed the first month of the season, Luke Shaw is still working his way into the United setup, and he did look a little bit rusty today. Shaw, signed from Southampton for £30m, gave away the first half penalty with a rash tackle on Everton full back Tony Hibbert, and struggled throughout. Shaw was then substituted with just 20 minutes left, with van Gaal once again citing fitness problems for the England international.
Angel Di Maria was worth the money - and then some
When Manchester United splashed out £60m to sign Argentina international Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, many questioned whether he was really what the Red Devils needed given their defensive deficiencies. However, today's opening goal made it three goals in four games for United, and his exceptional drive and energy from midfield makes van Gaal's men so dynamic, transitioning from defense to attack at the speed of light.