England Premier League — 21 August 2012

Manchester United didn’t get off to the best of starts to their Premier League campaign, as they 1-0 at Everton’s Goodison Park.

In truth Everton deserved their victory, despite the visitors having more of the ball throughout.


Prior to kick-off all the talk was about Manchester United and in particular new signing Robin Van Persie, the Dutchman making an ineffective 20 minute cameo off the substitutes bench.

However, it was Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini who was star of the show. He scored the only goal and was a constant menace to his marker, stand-in centre-back Michael Carrick.

Fellaini covered nearly every blade of grass on the pitch and outshone everybody in a United shirt. I don’t think there was much argument about man of the match.


There has been many questions asked about whether young David De Gea is good enough for Manchester United. He had an inconsistent first season with the Red Devils, but last night he was superb.

The Spaniard was outstanding in the United goal and was arguably his team’s best player on the night. De Gea pulled off a string of superb saves from Baines, Osman, Fellaini and Pienaar. If it wasn’t for De Gea then it could have been far worse for the visitors.


Manchester United enjoyed a few chances, but known of them were really clear-cut, apart from a Tom Cleverley effort which was cleared off the goalline by Phil Jagielka. They really didn’t create that much at all against an excellent Everton team.


Everton are the league perennial slow starters and this win has got them off to an absolute flyer. The confidence will now be high in the Toffee’s camp. Manchester United will no doubt recover from this defeat and once again challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Can Everton finish in the top six of the Premier League this season?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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