Everton vs United: Review

August 21, 2012

Match Reviews.

It had to happen didn’t it? After all the talk about United’s incredible firepower, people forgot that there was still a game to be played against Everton.

Marouane Fellaini’s solitary goal was the difference between the two sides. Fellaini proved to be a thorn in United’s side. United just couldn’t deal with his aerial prowess and Jelavic, Osman and Pienaar all benefitted from Fellaini’s knockdowns.

It didn’t help that United had two midfielders – Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia – in their back four. However, Everton’s hard work and long balls would have troubled many teams and to try and blame defeat due to injuries would be doing Everton an injustice. Everton’s back four of Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin and Baines defended staunchly.

It was a night where most United balls seemed to be just a small bit over or under-hit. For all United’s possession they struggled to create clear cut chances. Rooney in particular, was woeful, his touch was often heavy and he looked unfit. Bright parts of play frequently came to a halt at his feet. Rooney often the creator in part became a destroyer.

United’s creativity flowed through debutant Shinji Kagawa who was very impressive. Kagawa managed a 91% passing rate as he floated around the field effortlessly. His most impressive moment came in the second half when right in front of Tim Howard he saw the opportunity to pass to Cleverley who looked destined to score. Unfortunately a goal line clearance from Jagielka prevented an equalizer. Kagawa’s performance, however, is surely a sign of things to come. He looks set to become a permanent fixture in the team.

Another player who impressed was David de Gea. David pulled off several saves that kept Everton at bay and had no hope with the eventual goal. Pundits will lazily describe his performance as a coming off age after a rocky debut season. However, de Gea has been excellent since early February. How Jamie Redknapp can still be unconvinced by de Gea is shocking.

There is positives to take out of this defeat. However, it is disappointing and alarming that twice United have been bullied by Fellaini. United have twice made Fellaini look like a world beater. The space and time he was allowed can’t be afforded in future games. Why Michael Carrick was stuck marking Marouane Fellaini for the corner and not Nemanja Vidic is a mystery.

Yet, United should not dwell on this defeat. Performances will improve and players will return from injury. There’s still 37 games left to go in what’s looking to be another exciting season in the Premier League.

Also, didn’t Van Persie look great in a United shirt?

 

 

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