Toffees too sweet for RVP's Man United

Toffees too sweet for RVP's Man United

Toffees too sweet for RVP's Man United

Did he say he would outscore Man City this season? Did the legendary Scot say he had the most fearsome strike force in Europe? Did the knighted manager compare his current forward line with the '99 class of Solksjaer, Sheringham, Yorke and Cole? Whatever words Sir Alex Ferguson had uttered, last night, Baines, Hibbert, Distin and Jagielka must have been like, really?

For it wasn't Man United's summer buys that lit up Goodison Park, but a player who the Red Devils had been interested in before Everton signed him up in 2008. Marouane Fellaini was a constant thorn to the defense-ravaged United side. He kept asking the Red Devils questions throughout and no one could contain him, most notably playmaker turned stopper, Michael Carrick.

It wasn't a surprise when the afro-styled forward scored with a superb header to send Goodison Park into a frenzy. It may have been the only goal of the game, but with two shots hitting the bar from Fellaini and Leon Osman, it could have been more. The Mancunians must be thankful for having David de Gea in such fine form. He single-handedly spared his team from any more blushes, and is looking like Iker Casillas' successor in the Spanish set up.

The Old Trafford outfit did command possession, but while their passes were beautiful, David Moyes' men were direct, especially in the first half. If trophies are what brought Van Persie to the Northwest, he must have been squirming on the bench at the state of play. Atleast Shinji Kagawa was superb for the visitors, at one point having 100% success rate in his passing. But with Welbeck off position and Wayne Rooney lethargic, even the introduction of Van Persie in the 68th minute didn't change the proceedings.

Fergie lamented that United didn't play to the former Arsenal captain's strengths, who didn't get any shot on goal. But who is the manager? He should have structured his team accordingly, just like Moyes did. It seems that, with all focus being on United and RVP, Fergie's men hadn't learnt anything from last season's 4-4 draw with the Toffees. With Nemanja Vidic playing his first competitive game in months, with Patrice Evra being porous, with Valencia and Carrick playing out of position, the defense was found wanting, again.

The Red Devils may be the only team to have twice won the league having lost on the opening day, but with the stakes already high this season, title number twenty may be hard to come buy. If only the Red Devils had bid for the 24-year old Fellaini. On last night's performance, he would have been worth the 24 million pounds dished out by the Glazers.

With City and Chelsea already on three points each, the gum-chewing gaffer will certainly give his charges a hair-drier. Having received an Evertonian slap in the face, up next will be Fulham. The Old Trafford faithful will expect RVP and his cohorts to make Fergie's words sound prophetic.

Otherwise, a long season looms. Can you hear rival fans laughing hysterically? I surely can.

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