Manchester United continued the re-building process after last week's derby with a disciplined victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
Having got back to winning ways against Aldershot in midweek, the Reds netted a much-needed three Premier League points thanks to Javier Hernadez's goal.
The Mexican pounced after 19 minutes, converting Patrice Evra's cross. United were in control for the most part although Leighton Baines did hit the cross bar with a free-kick late in the first half.A point would have been just reward for the effort's of David Moyes' side, but having failed to earn that they can take a lot of heart from a spirited display against an opponent with a clear point to prove following a week of largely negative headlines.
For United, victory was all-important, with performance second, following their home humbling at the hands of their fierce rivals last weekend. They achieved the former, with only brief but impressive flashes of the latter, interspersed with understandable nervousness.
Much debate was been held this week over what United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction would be to last Sunday's defeat as regards team selection.
This included dropping defender Rio Ferdinand and winger Nani, retaining Jonny Evans, despite his red card against City, and restoring Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverley to what was an attacking line-up, featuring Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.