Manchester United have beaten Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford to move up to fourth in the Premier League table, whilst Everton's poor season continues as they 17th.
The game was even for large stages but for the influences of Angel Di Maria and David De Gea who put in world class performances.
The first half was all Manchester United as Angel Di Maria ran the show. Luke Shaw set up the first major chance of the game as his cross was header powerfully by Falcao as he desperately dived through the air, although it was straight at Tim Howard.
Angel Di Maria then began to sprinkle his magic on the game as a delightful flick fell to Falcao who dragged the ball wide in the 19th minute.
Di Maria then had two long range shots that had Howard scrambling for live to keep the ball out the net. The first was a deflected shot from the centre of 25 yards. The second was a well struck free-kick.
Eventually, Di Maria's efforts were rewarded with the goal he deserved. Rafael ran the length of the pitch on the right wing before whipping in a dangerous cross.
An awkward defensive header found Juan Mata who tee'd off Di Maria to smash the ball with his weaker right foot.
At this point Everton were being run ragged and only registered their first shot of the game in the 38th minute. A speculative long ball found Lukaku who struck on the volley, but he could not keep his effort down.
That seemed to spark life into Everton as they soon won a penalty in the 44th minute as Luke Shaw recklessly took down Tony Hibbert.
Leighton Baines stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was well parried by David De Gea. Incidentally, De Gea's save meant Baines had missed a penalty for the first time in the Premier League.
Everton continued to grow in momentum, eventually leading to Baines attoning for his penalty miss with a pin-point cross for Steven Naismith to equalise.
Meanwhile, United's profligacy continued up front; Luke Shaw dribbled brilliantly into the Everton area and angled out a cross for Falcao, although the striker finished tamely.
Falcao did eventually get his name on the score sheet as he interrupted Di Maria's cross-shot to score a poacher's goal and his first ever in a Manchester United shirt.
Everton mounted a late comeback in the eight minutes of extra time but David De Gea stood firm.
The first effort came from Leon Osman's powerful shot that stung De Gea's gloves. The shot was too strong to hold so it went out for a corner kick.
From the resulting corner Gareth Barry forced De Gea into a wonderful reactionary save; the rebound fell to Bryan Oviedo who had his shot cleared by substitute Tyler Blackett.
Manchester United tallied 15 shots to Everton's 10 and had 49% of possession to Everton's 51%.