Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored twice to ensure Ryan Giggs’ spell as interim Manchester United manager began with a comfortable 4-0 victory against a mediocre Norwich side in the Premier League.
It was an upbeat end to a turbulent week at Old Trafford that saw David Moyes dismissed just 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, paying the price for taking the club from champions to seventh place.
However uplifting this rout was for disgruntled fans, it came against a relegation-threatened team with the worst away record in the league.
There could be a clamour for Giggs to stay in charge after these remaining four matches of the season, but United plan to appoint a more experienced, proven trophy winner.
Everton miss out
The wheels came off Everton’s charge for Champions League qualification as two first-half own goals and a toothless attacking performance condemned them to a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton.
Having benefited from three own goals and a penalty in their previous five Premier League matches, the tables were turned when the Merseysiders fell behind in less than a minute when Antolin Alcaraz headed into his own net.
Misfortune turned to calamity when Seamus Coleman steered another header past his own keeper on 31 minutes and a poor day at the office was compounded when referee Michael Oliver booked Leon Osman for diving in the second half when he was clearly tripped in the area.
Roberto Martinez’s side have now lost two of their last three games and, with just two matches of their season remaining, are a point behind fourth place Arsenal who have played one fewer.
Tottenham beat Stoke
Danny Rose was the central figure as Tottenham beat 10-man Stoke 1-0 to win their first away game for more than two months.
The defender scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the 33rd minute after Emmanuel Adebayor beat Glenn Whelan on the right of the area before sending in a perfect cross for Rose, who headed past Asmir Begovic.
Rose was then caught on the shin by Ryan Shawcross to earn the Stoke captain a second yellow card seven minutes after the break at the Britannia Stadium.
Elsewhere, Fulham remain in the relegation zone after blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with visiting Hull and West Bromwich Albion took a major step toward Premier League survival after Saido Berahino clinched a 1-0 victory over West Ham.
Jonjo Shelvey scored a wonder goal as Swansea all but guaranteed their Premier League status and left Aston Villa in danger of relegation, following a 4-1 victory at home.