Everton 1 - 0 Manchester United
Everton showed that they can perform in the first half of the season with a 1-0 win over title contenders Manchester United, thanks to a wonderful headed goal from Marouane Fellaini.
The headlines before the game were all about Robin van Persie, and if he started the story could have been different. But Everton showed their credentials and have claimed their first three points of the season.
Despite the first half ending goalless, it was certainly jam packed with action. Sparks were flying early on when a frustrated Nani was booked two minutes in, and Everton already looked to get on the nerves of Man United.
Fellaini and Steven Pienaar were the main men for Everton. In the first half Fellaini had one effort deflect off the near post. Whilst Pienaar had some valid efforts, only to be saved by a confident David De Gea. Baines came closest for Everton with a free kick destined for the top right corner, only to be parried away by De Gea again.
Shingi Kagawa was very impressive on his debut for Man United, playing lovely one touch passes and creating chances for the ever impressive strike force.
Pienaar certainly took his confidence into the second half after Fellaini laid off the ball to him, only for his shot to ricochet off the crossbar. Everton continued to pile on and their moment finally came when Fellaini came in with a superb header in the bottom right of the net from a corner.
Chances went a begging later on, as Tom Cleverley nearly scored an eaqualiser ten minutes later only for Phil Jagielka to block the goal-bound effort. Moments later Robin van Persie came straight into the equation giving United a new found hope in the game, but Everton continued to park the bus and
Man United continued to pile on the pressure with efforts from Rooney and van Persie, but failed to find both strikers as much as they would have wanted, as Everton remained dominant in defence. Nani tried to put in the effort all game, but a bad day at the office lead to him being substituted for Ashley Young, in order to hopefully whip in the long balls for van Persie.
But despite their efforts, Everton came out on top with perhaps their best start to a Premier League season, as they will look to build on such a fantastic win. Fellaini came out as he man of the match with a, 12 headers and 66 touches all game, every one of them key to Everton’s win.
Man United will look to bounce back with a win in their next game at home to Fulham and need to improve in defence, but they can take positives from Kagawa’s performance, and the return of Nemanja Vidic. But Everton were simply fantastic and will look to continue their winning momentum throughout the the season.