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August 20, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 38415‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Everton 1-0 Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini's second-half header proved the difference as the Toffees got their Premier League campaign off to the best possible start

By David Lynch

  • Tim Howard
    60
    11
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Showed some questionable handling earlier on but was rarely tested as Everton dominated.

  • Tony Hibbert
    56
    7
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    Is often criticised for his poor crosses after working some good positions but was flawless in that regard and in keeping to his defensive duties.

  • Leighton Baines
    63
    7
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    The consistent brilliance of his deliveries caused constant problems for the Red Devils backline and he was unfortunate to see a free-kick palmed away well by De Gea.

  • Phil Jagielka
    85
    6
    4.00

    Phil Jagielka

    A performance of real quality from the Englishman. Showed brilliant anticipation against an unpredictable United forward line and was dominant in the air.

  • Sylvain Distin
    56
    9
    3.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Showed no sign of having lost any pace despite his advancing years. A performance of real composure next to the battling Jagielka.

  • Darron Gibson
    44
    9
    3.00

    Darron Gibson

    Kept things ticking over well against his former team-mates and showed the intelligence not to dive in with men running at him. His corner led to the hosts opening the scoring.

  • Phil Neville
    41
    10
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    Displayed his years of experience by positioning himself intelligently to prevent United's attempts to bypass their anaemic midfield.

  • Leon Osman
    53
    8
    3.50

    Leon Osman

    Only slightly quieter than some of his other attacking cohorts but still as inventive as ever. Unfortunate to see a fine strike come off the bar early in the second half.

  • Steven Pienaar
    72
    14
    4.00

    Steven Pienaar

    The South African is permanently back at his spritual home and celebrated that fact with a masterful performance. His link-up with Leighton Baines is always one of Everton's biggest threats.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    213
    10
    4.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    A colossus in attack for the Toffees, winning everything aerially and showing great feet to bamboozle the visitors' defence. Fully deserved to be the man to win the match with a towering header.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    59
    13
    3.00

    Nikica Jelavic

    Did not get the sort of chance which he regularly takes but put doubt in the minds of United's defence with some fine movement.

Substitutions

  • Seamus Coleman
    32
    8

    Seamus Coleman

    Dogged in his short spell on the pitch. Closed down well.

  • Steven Naismith
    21
    10

    Steven Naismith

    Had little time to influence matters.

  • David de Gea
    179
    18
    3.50

    David de Gea

    Produced some stunning saves to keep his side in the match during the first half bt could do nothing about Fellaini's bullet header.

  • Patrice Evra
    23
    109
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Rarely threatened on the outside as Osman floated inwards but failed to carve out any sort of attacking threat with Nani.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    102
    44
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Like others around him the Serbian could not cope with Fellaini's presence but managed to keep Everton's threat down to a minimum with some fine defensive work.

  • Antonio Valencia
    32
    82
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    His skills as a right-back were well and truly tested by the brilliant Baines and Pienaar who made the Ecuadorian's night a very uncomfortable one.

  • Michael Carrick
    36
    87
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Performed admirably in central defence, despite his inexperience in that position. That he was beaten to the ball by Fellaini for the Toffees' opener was perhaps out of his control given that the Belgian would have beaten any full-time centre-half to the ball.

  • Nani
    34
    127
    2.00

    Nani

    Had a poor game in truth. Failed to offer threat on the left-hand side and showed his petulance in committing several needless fouls.

  • Paul Scholes
    44
    76
    2.50

    Paul Scholes

    Spread the ball well for the visitors but looked out of his comfort zone as United were dominated. Picked up his customary booking for a sloppy challenge.

  • Tom Cleverley
    77
    42
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Kept things moving nicely but could not help United to get a grip in midfield against the boisterous Toffees.

  • Wayne Rooney
    38
    133
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    A shadow of his usual self. Wasted the ball in some crucial positions and failed to provide the spark which United so desperately needed.

  • Danny Welbeck
    28
    124
    2.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Ineffective in a wide role on the left-hand side. The fowarwad contributed little to the visitors' attack before being inevitably withdrawn.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    144
    88
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    A frustrating Premier League debut for the Japan international as he was stifled well by a tight Everton midfield.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    40
    57

    Anderson

    Added much needed bite to the United midfield in a short cameo.

  • Ashley Young
    19
    73

    Ashley Young

    Rarely got the chance to put in his typically dangerous crosses as Everton worked hard to keep their lead.

  • Robin van Persie
    92
    131
    2.50

    Robin van Persie

    Made one chance for Kagawa which was well blocked after coming on as a substitute but struggled to make an impact.

Results
 
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