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Everton stun Man United

2012-08-20 23:03

Liverpool - Robin van Persie's Manchester United debut ended in disappointment as Marouane Fellaini gave Everton a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Monday.

Van Persie came off the bench for the last 22 minutes as United searched for an equaliser after Belgian midfielder Fellaini headed Everton into a second half lead.

But the Dutch forward, signed from Arsenal for £24m last week, was unable to make an immediate impact for his new club and Everton held on for a well deserved win in their opening Premier League game of the season.

United goalkeeper David de Gea endured some difficult moments last season, but the young Spaniard made a series of superb saves to deny Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman in the first half.

David Moyes's side also hit the woodwork through Fellaini and Osman, but Everton's pressure finally paid off in the 57th minute.

With Rio Ferdinand ruled out with a groin injury suffered at the weekend and fellow defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling already sidelined, United boss Alex Ferguson was forced to play midfielder Michael Carrick out of position in central defence.

And Fellaini took full advantage of Carrick's lack of aerial power as he rose above the United star to thump a close-range header past De Gea from Darron Gibson's corner.

Ferguson's team were denied an equaliser when Phil Jagielka cleared Tom Cleverley's shot off the line and, although Van Persie replaced Danny Welbeck in the 68th minute, there was no way back for United.

AFP

Comments
  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-08-20 23:12

    Well deserved, should of been 2 or 3 .Great start toffees.

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-08-20 23:15

    Tough road aheads this season but I know you will bounce back early days

  • brendon.liebenberg.9 - 2012-08-20 23:38

    In case you haven't been around for the last decade? It is Premier League and not Premiership

      millionwatts1 - 2012-08-21 07:33

      You certainly haven't been around the past decade. The Premier League is the Premiership!

  • WernerZA - 2012-08-21 03:28

    Love it... Suffer RvP, suffer!

  • robert.cerff - 2012-08-21 07:13

    Hardly the first time Utd have gotten off to a poor start... and still gone on to win the league. Lets check the logs again after 10 games before singing Fulham/Swansea/West Brom's praises ;)

  • simon.elrick.7 - 2012-08-21 07:27

    Could be worse, it could be 3-0 to west brom

      jono.qmann - 2012-08-21 08:37

      ya with money spent i think it is worse for ManP00

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-08-21 07:35

    Hehehehe ManUre got stuffed!

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-21 07:43

    Serves that bloody Judas van Persie right!!!.

  • Ibebuike Ikemba Chijioke - 2012-08-21 08:14

    Good game & in the end, the best team of the night won. Maybe RVP took the wrong decision, time will tell.

  • craig.joseph7 - 2012-08-21 08:25

    What a weak!!!!!!!!! Perfomance by United!!!!!Very Disappointed! Fellaini was a legend in last nights game.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-21 08:43

    Great start to the season -well done

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-08-21 08:46

    We outplayed, outclassed and deserved the points. Moyes has created a very good squad on a budget that requires him to sell to buy.

      RetardChicken - 2012-08-21 12:32

      As a United supporter , I couldn't agree more. Credit to Everton

  • jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-08-21 08:47

    yippeeee!!!

  • lucien.langenhoven - 2012-08-21 10:19

    Just 1 game into the start of the season and people are making as if MUFC and LFC are being relegated next weekend... LMIMC... Let's have this conversation again in Jan 2013 and see who is singing the same tune...

  • graham.maart - 2012-08-21 10:43

    Early days, Everton had a good game last night, but don't just write ManUtd off just yet. New comers must always be allowed to fit in the ManUtd game plan.It was unfortunate that the game last night was not played around RVP, then some poor performance by Nani and Wellbeck. SAF should have removed them both at half time already. But again the league is long and the Barclays Premier league has become very technical the last few years.

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