Hernandez the difference for United
Javier Hernandez grabbed the only goal as Manchester United started to put their derby mauling behind them with a laboured 1-0 victory at Everton.
The Mexican tapped in after 19 minutes to get the champions back on track in the Barclays Premier League after last week's 6-1 thrashing by Manchester City.
Yet it was a far from convincing performance by United and Everton twice went close to equalising as Leighton Baines hit the bar and David de Gea saved brilliantly from Jack Rodwell.
Everton were the first side out of the blocks as Seamus Coleman burst down the right, cut inside Patrice Evra and fired a shot at de Gea with just 15 seconds on the clock.
The visitors started brightly too with Danny Welbeck jinking into the area and pulling back for Park Ji-sung at the near post, but the Korean's effort was blocked by former United keeper Tim Howard.
United claimed the lead when an Evra cross found its way to Hernandez in front of goal. Phil Jagielka was unable to reach the ball and the Mexican tapped in
Everton responded well as Marouane Fellaini won a free-kick five minutes before the interval when felled by Darren Fletcher.
Baines, who missed a penalty in the Carling Cup in midweek, stepped up and curled a superb effort against the crossbar.
United midfielder Tom Cleverley, making his first Premier League appearance for seven weeks following a foot injury, limped from the field to be replaced by Nani in the second half.
The home fans wanted a penalty when Saha went down in the area late, but replays showed the Frenchman slipping, with United holding on to claim the points.