Wayne Rooney's testimonial was a tribute to the latter part of his career, lots of slow possession punctuated by heavy touches and fleeting moments of class.
Rooney, though, was one of the better players in the 54 minutes that he was on the pitch, prompting around the fringes of the box with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hold-up play showcasing the dexterity of his touch.
But though it was United pressing the action, it was Everton who created the best chances of the game, both in the a drab first half. Gerard Deulofeu had a shot well saved by David de Gea, and then Romelu Lukaku headed wide from Seamus Coleman's cross.
If anything, the second half was even worse than the first, rafts of changes affecting the flow and meaning the withdrawal of most of the players most likely to do something. As such, no-one did anything.
United and Everton did, though, look relatively organised in defence. Eric Bailly and Daley Blind acquitted themselves relatively well at the centre of United's defence, while Everton looked secure in their 3-5-2 formation.
Also on the plus side, both sides should be better for the workout; they'd better be.
MAN OF THE MATCH - MASON HOLGATE
Defended with enterprise, discipline and pace, dashing back to rescue John Stones on two occasions and generally looking confident and comfortable against players with big reputations.
TALKING POINT - RONALD KOEMAN'S SELECTION
Given the likelihood of John Stones and Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton, it was slightly strange that both started. Ronald Koeman is nobody's pushover, so quite why he is helping them get fit was tricky to fathom.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Everton's John Stones
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action with Everton's Bryan Oviedo
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Everton: Stekelenburg 6, Stones 4, Funes Mori 5, Holgate 7, Coleman 6, Barkley 5, Barry 5, McCarthy 6, Baines 6. Deulofeu 6, Lukaku 5. Subs: Lennon 5, Cleverley 5, Gibson 5, Kone 6, Oviedo 5, Besic 6, Davies 6.
27 - Rooney takes possession just outside the box and slots a pass through for Zlatan, who's pulled away on the left of the box. He's not got much of an angle for the shot, so that when he shoots, it's easy for Stekelenburg to beat it away.
32 - Lukaku gets the ball 30 yards out and runs straight into Carrick. But this does him a favour, because although he loses the ball in the first instance, Carrick is in no position to stop him retrieving it. So he tries a shot which is blocked and the rebound falls to Deulofeu - from ten yards, he hits a low shot too close to De Gea. Good save, mind.
41 - The speed of United's passing around the edge of the box is nowhere near what it should be, but eventually Carrick spreads wide to Shaw, and he thunders into a shot that Baines deflects behind. The corner is wasted.
43 - Shaw crosses well, forcing Holgate to head behind, and Rooney's corner isn't terrible, swinging out to the penalty spot area. But Funes Mori heads away and United recycle possession, Rooney drifting right and unfurling a cross under which Stones is caught. Zlatan pulls off him and brings the ball down, but Stekelenburg stays big and blocks at his near post.
45 - Coleman is given time and space to pick a cross, finding Lukaku in the middle. Bailly is nowhere near tight enough and this is a good chance, but he contrives to head wide.
53 - Coleman goes down the right and swings over a cross, Jones outjumping Lukaku. But his header is square, and tees up Mirallas, who has a good sight of goal from just six yards out. He thrashes at it for no real reason, and finds the top of the side netting when he ought to have scored.