Monday, 20 August 2012

With Van Persie Manchester United suffer defeat

Robin van
Persie’s Manchester United
debut ended in
disappointment as Marouane
Fellaini gave Everton a 1-0
win at Goodison Park on
Van Persie came off the
bench for the last 22 minutes
as United searched for an
equaliser after Belgian
midfielder Fellaini headed
Everton into a second half
But the Dutch forward,
signed from Arsenal for £24
million last week, was unable
to make an immediate
impact for his new club and
Everton held on for a well
deserved win in their
opening Premier League
game of the season.
United goalkeeper David de
Gea endured some difficult
moments last season, but the
young Spaniard made a
series of superb saves to
deny Steven Pienaar,
Leighton Baines and Leon
Osman in the first half.
David Moyes’s side also hit
the woodwork through
Fellaini and Osman, but
Everton’s pressure finally
paid off in the 57th minute.
With Rio Ferdinand ruled out
with a groin injury suffered
at the weekend and fellow
defenders Phil Jones and
Chris Smalling already
sidelined, United boss Sir
Alex Ferguson was forced to
play midfielder Michael
Carrick out of position in
central defence.
And Fellaini took full
advantage of Carrick’s lack of
aerial power as he rose
above the United star to
thump a close-range header
past de Gea from Darron
Gibson’s corner.
Ferguson’s team were
denied an equaliser when
Phil Jagielka cleared Tom
Cleverley’s shot off the line
and, although van Persie
replaced Danny Welbeck in
the 68th minute, there was
no way back for United.

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