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Everton v United Preview

The quest to wrestle the Premier League trophy back from our noisy-neighbours gets under way tonight. Having seen our opening day fixture delayed, to accommodate live coverage on Sky Sports, Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to ensure that United take all three points, even more so after the potential title winners Manchester City and Chelsea took maximum points form their opening fixtures. But, Sir Alex will be aware that Goodison Park, especially for United, is never an easy place to venture to, as past results confirm. Can United get off to a winning start, we certainly hope so!

Vital Quotes:

The addition of Robin Van Persie, to the squad, has been seen as a signal of our intent to grab back that Premier League trophy. His arrival has boosted confidence and speaking about Van Persie (and possible new signings), Ryan Giggs has commented,

"Robin looks good."

"You can see from just one training session the qualities he has, which we know all about anyway because of the times we`ve played against him."

"He brought that lift to training that a top player brings and that bodes well for us."

"The players are just like the fans in terms of talking about who we might sign and wondering which players might come in."

"It`s always very exciting for us when we sign new players, because you know that whoever comes in will have a lot of quality and will improve the team."

Everton Team News:

David Moyes continues to do a commendable job at Goodison Park despite operating under difficult circumstances. It`s almost becoming traditional that the Toffees lose a player in the summer and this season the influential Tim Cahill decided to try his luck elsewhere.

On a positive note, Steven Pienaar has returned to the club on a full-time basis but Moyes, for tonight, will have to cope without a further two influential players. We understand that the ex-United midfielder Darron Gibson is out and also that the influential Marouane Fellaini is also rated as a major doubt.

Player to watch: Phil Neville

His competitive nature will ensure that he`ll do his utmost to try and grind out a result against his former club.

United Team News:

Sir Alex Ferguson has a couple of injury concerns with Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones all out but Nemanja Vidic, after missing a huge part of last season, through injury, is set to return at the heart of the defence possibly to be partnered by Michael Carrick.

Ahead of the game, much of the discussion surrounds who`ll Sir Alex will give a start to up front. Will the boss partner his new acquisition, Robin Van Persie, with Wayne Rooney or will he elect to partner Van Persie with Welbeck and use Rooney in a deeper role.

Likely to make a highly anticipated debut is our Japanese signing, Shinji Kagawa, wouldn`t it be nice if he could get on the score-sheet?

Player to watch: Danny Welbeck

Although there is a chance that Danny could be sacrificed to accommodate a new partnership of Rooney and Van Persie, it`s worth recalling that Welbeck has a good record against Everton, having scored more goals against them than he has against any other team.

Match Facts & Stats

Looking back to last season, hindsight shows that our title hopes floundered with that 4-4 draw with Everton, at Old Trafford. In the last five encounters between the two sides, there has also been another high scoring draw between the sides, a 3-3 at Goodison Park. The other three fixtures give United two narrow 1-0 wins and Everton a 3-1 home win over us.

Match Prediction:

Goodison Park can be a difficult place to go to, as past results prove. However, Everton are notoriously slow starters and ten dot make up lost ground over the latter stages of the season. Knowing that Sir Alex wants that Premier League crown back, I`m taking United to produce a match winning performance, winning by two clear goals.

Next Fixtures:

Next up is a home fixture, this coming weekend with Fulham, a side that started the season with an emphatic 5-0 win over Norwich City.

The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 20 2012

Time: 4:47PM

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you are losing cheaters
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20/08/2012 21:28:00

Wat hapen here no comments were is your ambition
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20/08/2012 21:30:00

Woo vanpersi
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20/08/2012 21:31:00

no way, cheaters
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20/08/2012 21:37:00

1:0 ten min remain
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20/08/2012 21:40:00

rate yourself now its only refs
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20/08/2012 21:41:00

i hoped evert win
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20/08/2012 21:43:00

oh no coner
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20/08/2012 21:44:00

roney looked injured
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20/08/2012 21:45:00

limit limit to defeat
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20/08/2012 21:46:00

how can man u get cart?
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20/08/2012 21:49:00

its over now additional time
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20/08/2012 21:50:00

last minutes
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20/08/2012 21:51:00

Defeated by everton
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20/08/2012 21:53:00

final time 1:0 to everton
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20/08/2012 21:54:00

iam here to revive you
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20/08/2012 21:55:00

Fecking hell mike you go nothing better to do than troll VMU and spam a load of bollox?
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20/08/2012 23:41:00

To be honest we haven't got much to complain about. The players put in a solid effort, worked hard and dominated possession it was just a shame we couldn't do anything with it and that Everton were simply better and wanted it more. Th only person I'm frustrated at is Fergie to be honest. Fellaini is a class player but we never had any sort of plan to handle him despite him dominating us last time. Also, pre-match he was talking about how he didn't want to play RVP due to the pressure yet brought him on expecting him to score in 20 mins when we're 1-0 down playing away, if anything that's putting more pressure on him. The selection I didn't agree with and the changes and the timing of them left me baffled, why play Valencia at RB when we have a natural and fit RB in Rafael available who didn't have a bad Olympic tournament? Why play Rooney as an out and out striker when he's rubbish at it? He drops too deep to play as the main man up top. Fed up also of the injury crisis with the CB's, how many times do we have to resign ourselves to playing CM's as makeshift CB's before finally we get sufficient cover in the position? All the same I would've been happy with a draw away to Everton so I'm not overly fussed losing out on 1 point to a side where many others will drop points also. Thought Kagawa had a great debut, shame it wasn't topped off with a result to match.
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20/08/2012 23:52:00

In fact I'd go as far as to say the fellaini epitomised everything we lack in the midfield department. A game changing presence and a constant head ache for the opposition, capable of bossing the best of midfields.
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20/08/2012 23:54:00

Have no complaints, personally thought we were the better side, at 0-0 it looked like we wanted it more and although had less possession, we created the much better chances. Surprised to see RVP on the bench, personally one of my fears players as he always scores against Everton, so relieved when I saw him on the bench. Also, you would of thought Fergie would have prepared a bit better, I know you were short handed, but Carrick up against Fellaini was never going to work, I mean Fellani tormented your lot at OT, and against Carrick it was always going to happen. On the plus side, Shinji Kagawa looks brilliant, did not look out of place in that United side, and could become a vital player for your side downy he stretch. I wouldn't worry too much lads, Goodison is a tough place, just ask your neighbours, they haven't been able to win at Goodison in years!
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21/08/2012 01:02:00

Rob, idontunderstand how u think we were the better team... We had 2-3 clear cut chances, no ideas or penetration whatsoever, and our wingplay was awful. Same goes for SAF. He said we were the better team....nani was crap, probably the worst player and he takes off wellbeck first? i dont get it. Personally v. dissappointed not about the loss as this is way too early, but at the lack of skill we showed. Seemed like our preseason was notngood enoug, and that the players were clueless of the 4-3-3 they were trying to play.
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21/08/2012 05:49:00

Alex, I'm an Everton fan, I meant Everton were the better team.
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21/08/2012 06:30:00

Everton the Manchester bogey team. TF7, I have to disagree with some of the points you made, I know you'll say what's new? First up Rafael was the main culprit in losing Brazil that Olympic final, he's not a great player at all, Valencia played well there, your ire should be directed towards Nani for your failings on that side of the park. Sufficient Centre Back cover? Come on fella, you have 5 Centre Backs in your squad, how many do you want?
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21/08/2012 07:15:00

Bluedub don't disagree with Rafael costing brazil in the final game however the games before I wouldn't say he don't too badly, not so badly anyway that Valencia out of position is a more viable option. No issue with Valencia thought he done well, I just feel the team would've been better served with him in his mo natural RW position as, like everyone's said, Nani was awful. I know we have 5 CB's, then again we've had 5 CB's for the past 4 years yet on every one of those seasons we have the same injury crisis at the back and are resigned to playing a CM in the position. Having 5 CB's you would think would have enough depth in it to cope with a long season. Just fed up with watching Carrick get bitched up at CB to be honest.
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21/08/2012 09:57:00

I don't rate Rafael at all, at least not yet anyway. He cost you against Everton last season in a critical game as well as some others, he's a bit thick if you ask me. Still can't get my head around the fact that O'Shea was moved on.
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21/08/2012 10:10:00

Fellaini was lucky to be on the pitch after wrestling De Gea to the floor that said he ran the show in the middle. Everton deserved the win they wanted it more. Mikacfc if your the result of a modern education system god help us all.
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21/08/2012 10:15:00

I'd argue that mikacfc is the result of a lack of outbreeding in his family.
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21/08/2012 10:22:00

You have a point there Bluedub why O'Shea was allowed to go is beyond me. He always put a good shift in wherever he was across the back four or midfield. Hell he wasn't even that bad when he got thrown in as a forward for Christ sake!
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21/08/2012 10:25:00

Rafael is inconsistent yeah however sitting on the bench isn't going to help his development. I've seen him mark the likes of Ronaldinho, Bale and Ribery out of a game and really showcase his potential just for him to show his inexperience, hot-headedness and naivety the next and go and get sent off/cost us a goal the next game against weaker opposition. It was a a bold move by Fergie to let O'Shea go one a lot of us fans questioned and one that I would say has cost us at times.
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21/08/2012 11:30:00

hah! sorry about that a bit confused cause what you wrote is more or less what SAF said, which i dont understand why he would.... great game from everton, well done... hope we can steal Fellaini off you next year
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21/08/2012 11:32:00


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