Premier League Highlights: Everton v. Manchester United

For the final match of the first weekend of the Premier League Everton was able to hold onto a 1-0 win over Manchester United. The match had plenty of excitement throughout with hard fought tackles, crisp passing, and an excellent goal from the biggest head on the pitch. The match itself was an excellent showcase of what the Premier League has to offer. The crowd was full of energy and the atmosphere was fantastic. Everton fans were in full voice throughout the match. United supporters gave them a run for it at times, but the massive Everton support was heard almost continuously. United did well to keep the ball moving in attack, with some fine passing, however their defense was lacking at times. What was lacking most of all was somebody large enough to handle the Belgian Marouane Fellaini. He was a constant target for Everton crosses into the box and made it very difficult for United to defend.

Nemanja Vidic was often stretched in covering for midfielder turned central defender, Michael Carrick. Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar did much to pester United as well while the back four of Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert continually thwarted United’s attempts to get a goal and often to even get a shot away. Kagawa looked good in his United debut playing in a central forward midfield position. United looked like they might get a breakthrough, but in the end they lacked the creativity to break down a strong Everton defense. United’s newest acquisition, Robin van Persie, looked frustrated during his late 2nd half debut as the United offense failed to get the ball to him in any real positive manner.

In the end United really lacked the quality in the final third to really threaten Everton in any way. Their man of the match was certainly keeper David De Gea. The score could’ve easily been 3-0 or 4-0 without him. For Everton the easy choice for man of the match would be Failiani. For me their man of the match was Sylvain Distin. If not for his commanding presence in the defense, United would’ve made their break through.

As a United supporter I was bitterly disappointed and frustrated by the loss, however, they did not play like the Champions they would like to become. They had no real attacking imagination. When attacking from the wings their crosses into the box became predictable. When they attempted to go up the middle, they were pushed wide or had the ball cleared away.  For United to make any headway this season they will need to learn how to create their goals, particularly when up against a strong defensive unit.


Manchester United

1 (Fellaini 57’)



18 (7)

Shots (on goal)

14 (4)





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