United's Reserves saw off Everton in an entertaining affair at Moss Lane thanks to excellent finishes from Will Keane and Jesse Lingard.
United were quick out of the blocks and raced into a sixth-minute lead when Lingard fed Will Keane and the striker showed fabulous close control to find space and rocket a firm finish past the helpless Marcus Hahnemann. The moment of magic suggested this match would be good value and so it proved with Davide Petrucci and Lingard sending efforts off target.
Ross Barkley, who came on as a substitute against United in the Barclays Premier League last weekend, headed over the bar but most of the action was at the other end. Mame Biram Diouf displayed neat skill to tee up a shot, only for Shkodran Mustafi to make a superb block and the Senegal striker then played in Lingard, who steered his finish inches wide. Some excellent work by the slippery Lingard carved out a clear opening for his fellow wide man Larnell Cole but Hahnemann saved smartly and the England Under-19 international was unable to connect cleanly with the rebound.
Although Petrucci drilled just wide from the edge of the box, Everton finished the half in a more positive mood. Adam Forshaw's shot from distance was well held by Ben Amos and a glimpse of Barkley's undoubted talent saw the teenager play in Denis Stracqualursi but the Argentinian's finish was poor and easily fielded by Amos.
James McFadden, who was withdrawn at the interval, skied a chance before the break and United also made a change at the start of the second half with Ezekiel Fryers replaced by Sean McGinty.
Hahnemann did well to thwart Diouf following a splendid cross from Marnick Vermijl but Amos made an even better save when denying Forshaw moments later. After John Lundstram warmed Amos' hands from long range, Magaye Gueye came close to equalising with a thumping drive that clipped the top of the bar.
Diouf threatened on a couple of occasions, and had a penalty shout turned down, but the Toffees continued to ensure Amos was the busier of the two keepers for a spell. However, the Reds wrapped up the three points to move up to second place in the table thanks to Lingard, who stretched to expertly