Updated: 21/08/2012 06:05 | By pa.press.net

Fellaini stars as Everton beat United

Marouane Fellaini, right, was the star of the show as Everton beat Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini, right, was the star of the show as Everton beat Manchester United

Robin van Persie's much-anticipated debut for Manchester United failed to prevent Everton delivering an early reality check in their bid to regain the Barclays Premier League title as David Moyes' side claimed a 1-0 win.

While defending champions and near-neighbours Manchester City achieved a come-from-behind win against Southampton on Sunday, the Red Devils were second best for most of the contest at Goodison Park on Monday night.

The thorn in their side was midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who was a constant threat and deservedly capped an impressive performance with the only goal early in the second half.

Fellaini had already headed over Leighton Baines' corner before he collected a throw-in and turned into the penalty area, holding off makeshift centre-half Michael Carrick, to hit the post from the narrowest of angles.

United goalkeeper David De Gea had to be on excellent form and denied Nikica Jelavic, tipped over a long-range Steven Pienaar header and flung himself to his left to save the South Africa midfielder's low shot before preventing Baines' deflected free-kick sneaking into the top corner.

But it was not all one-way traffic as United had chances of their own, though not as good or as numerous as their hosts. Danny Welbeck, the player with most to lose from Van Persie's arrival, had one shot blocked by Phil Jagielka and hooked another wide under pressure from the centre-back.

Fellaini's ravaging of the United defence continued after the interval as his header across goal was smashed against the crossbar by Leon Osman with De Gea, for once, beaten.

And the big Belgian was finally rewarded for his outstanding display with a goal in the 57th minute when former Red Devil Darron Gibson swung over a corner and he left Carrick sprawling on the turf to power home a header.

United's summer signing Shinji Kagawa had plenty of good touches around the penalty area, the best of which in the second half teed up Welbeck who was denied by Jagielka's perfectly-judged tackle.

The Everton defender's timing was even better when he cleared Tom Cleverley's shot off the line before, in the 68th minute, Van Persie was finally sent on.

20/08/2012 22:25
20/08/2012 22:08
shame to all you united fans that wrote everton off! even after they stopped you winning the league last season! tbh i thought kagwa and de gea played well but everyone else in red was wasteful. congratz everton hopefully you can continue the form & spirit you showed today!

Good win for Everton and a fantastic start to the season in the Prem, early doors yet and we wil all have a clearer idea of our are respecive teams are fairing come Christmas, its team like Everton who make this competition what it is,


Good win and good luck to them.

20/08/2012 22:12
As a United fan all i can say is well done Everton,for all Uniteds possession there was simply no end product...Fellaini & Jagielka were outstanding.
20/08/2012 22:22

I don't understand why Everton stun Manure (like they should not have dared to win)

for most of the game Everton were the better team towards the end Everton absorbed the pressure as I hoped they would

I  hope Everton are off to a flyer this season and pile the pressure on the so called bigger clubs


20/08/2012 22:32
RVP was no where to be seen in the game, fellani should make it big time. The guy countlessly took it to utd with three four players around him sometimes.
20/08/2012 22:12
Well done Everton! much the better team.

Very disappointing display from United, early days yet but we need a lot of improvement!
20/08/2012 22:24
20/08/2012 22:59

Did you see the old pizza faced sweaty sock, moaning about the amount of time added on? !! classic!!

all the people in Surrey will disagree with me

21/08/2012 00:05
Brightened my evening up I can tell you. Nothing more satisfying than seeing the unpredictable happening in football. Had Man Utd won it would have just meant anoother bloody week of insufferable smugness from the likes of Eamon Holmes et-el and all the rest of the self-satisfied effin glory hunters who follow that bloody club and are forever giving it what for in our Sky 4 loving media. Well played Everton. Moyes is a miracle worker...
20/08/2012 22:36

strange no trafford trash on here 2 nite

Wonder what Ferggies excuse will be ??  Prob that Everton turned the floodlights on to bright and they could'nt pick eachother out properly

20/08/2012 22:19



20/08/2012 23:10

great result for everton well done/ manure given a lesson in workrate +__+

20/08/2012 22:32

A splendid opening of season display by the home side.

20/08/2012 22:09
Well done Everton out played us at your ground and you deserved your win, playing like that cant see many beating you at home Fantastic performance. Just put it down to a bad day at the office Lads and move on its just one hard away game out the way.
21/08/2012 01:04

Can anyone tell me where Fergie went after the game............all other managers came out and spoke to the tv reporter after there games over the weekend. Not a show from Fergie OR ANY OF HIS PLAYERS. The reporters should not interview him the next time utd win........... Bad looser or what?

 And this is only the 1st weekend of the new season............. Typical Fergie &utd.

20/08/2012 23:09
Has Fergie kept the receipt for RVP? I think he can return him within thirty days and ask for a refund.
21/08/2012 09:28

breaking news arsene wenger has been arrested

for stealing 24 MILLION from a old age pensioner LOL

20/08/2012 22:29
Well done Everton you deserved your victory. Just left me to wonder why it took you so long to score. COYB.
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