Ten minutes later, the lead was doubled. Magnus Eikrem's free-kick deflected off the defensive wall and was looping wide, until it met the run of De Laet who adjusted brilliantly to cushion home a header, his first goal for United.
Everton's forward line seemed content to chance their collective arm from distance, but rarely called Ben Amos into any action other than taking subsequent goal kicks. The closest the visitors came to a first half goal was when Hope Akpan beat Amos to a flighted free-kick, but headed wastefully over.
Tosic came agonisingly close to opening his United account on two occasions, but was thwarted by the crossbar both times. Firstly, his close-range shot was brilliantly tipped onto the frame of the goal by Lars Stubhaug. A minute before the break, the Serb fashioned space and curled a right-footer against the bar from 10 yards.
Ten minutes after the restart, Tosic came close again. Eikrem embarked on a surging run down the right and picked out his colleague on the opposite flank, only for the Serb's volley to arrow just wide of the far post.
By now, United's