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The former Real Madrid duo rolled back the years with a top tier combination that saw Man United to their latest win

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Serial winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro have mainly played bit-part roles for Manchester United this season.

Ronaldohas started just one Premier League game this season while summer signing Casemiro was only handed his full top-flight debut on Sunday night. Stars that will go down in Champions League folklore, the pair have had to stay patient.

Casemiros only other two starts have come in the Europa League and all other minutes have come from the bench. Perhaps it was no surprise, then, when he got off to a shaky start against Everton, giving the ball away for Alex Iwobis opener and initially struggling to get a foothold in the match.

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Butthe 30-year-oldshowed elite mentality on the stroke of half-time when, after initially losing the ball, he reclaimed possession and fed in Ronaldo for the match winner, their Real Madrid telepathy coming to the benefit of United.

Ronaldo also once again demonstrated his incredible mindset, too. The superstar was left unused by Erik ten Hag in the Manchester derby and missed a host of chances against Omonia in the Europa League on Thursday.

He was benched in yet another league fixture but came off the Goodison Park bench to clinically fire home one of the three shots he had during the match.

Its not often that Ronaldo has faced on-field individual setbacks in his career but he showed why hes one of the greatest players of all time with his refusal to let his recent disappointments affect his game.

Both he and Casemiro have sent a message to their teammates about what it will take to become an elite team. Too many times last season,Unitedplayers looked devoid of ideas when their backs were against the wall amid some accusations of a lack of effort.

Attaining the right mindset by not allowing knock-backs to dent performance output is a lesson all United players can heed from if they are to evolve into a win-churning machine once again.

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