United, who were looking to respond after their 3-0 loss to Arsenal before the international break, took the lead in the 19th minute when Morgan Schneiderlin slotted home his first goal for the Red Devils.
I just have to keep working hard
Ander Herrera then doubled the visitors’ lead just three minutes later at Goodison Park when the Spaniard headed home Marcos Rojo’s sublime cross from the penalty spot.
Rooney, whose form had been questioned in recent weeks, netted against his former club in the 62nd minute with a low finish to send United up to second place in the Premier League table.
The striker was inevitably questioned about his recent lack of goals after the game, but the England captain insisted that he has been paying no attention to the debate about his form.
“It depends on what the press think,” Rooney told BBC Sport. “They call it what they like, I’ll always keep trying to score, what matters to me is what my team-mates and manager thinks.
Wayne Rooney is now level with Andrew Cole on 187 Premier League goals – only Alan Shearer has more.
“I’m a strong-minded person, I’ve had that through my career, I just have to keep working hard and keep trying to help the team be successful.
“My lack of goals here at Goodison have disappointed me but thankfully I’ve scored today and that helped us get the victory.”
The win lifted United up to second in the table ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Saturday evening.
“It was a very good performance,” he continued. “We were disappointed about the Arsenal game, and we know coming here is difficult, but it’s a well-deserved victory and we’re delighted.
“We’ve been working on a lot of things and they’re paying off for us. The Arsenal game was hopefully a one-off.”
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