Everton vs Manchester United, Open Thread

In the first Monday night match of the Premier League season, Everton takes on Manchester United at Goodison Park at 3pm ET/8pm BST (live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com for readers in the United States).

All eyes today will be on the expected debut of Robin van Persie. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dutch striker comes off the bench instead of starting since he may not be fully match fit. Other than van Persie, Rio Ferdinand looks set to miss the match due to injury. He joins fellow centre backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans on the injury list. Expect Sir Alex Ferguson to shuffle around his team lineup for Manchester United’s first match of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

Everton, on the other hand, have no injury concerns so they’ll be expected to field a team including Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini — both of whom caused United so much trouble near the end of last season.

Before, during and after today’s Premier League match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Chris Beckenham.

20 thoughts on “Everton vs Manchester United, Open Thread”

  1. Will SAF ever get over losing the tittle last year? i know it has only been a few months but the comments i have heard it seems it cut deep. he lost tittles to Arsenal,Chelsea,but losing to City i don’t think he will get over that even winning the next 2 years before retiring.once again i have no dog in this fight.

  2. Not a great start from a United standpoint, but Kagawa looks like he’s going to be worth the cash. Had Jagielka not intervened brilliantly on two occasions, he would have had at least 1, and quite possibly 2 assists.

    I look forward to the days where United have an actual right back playing right back and a center back playing center back. Revolutionary way of looking at things, I know.

    All credit to everton. Definitely deserved the goal and I can’t be too upset when Timmy keeps a clean sheet.

  3. No complaints everton deserved the points today. Our midfield was terrible and our final ball was painful to watch at times. Vidic, kagawa and De Gea all played well. Wellbeck was terrible and his decision making in the last third is shocking.

    1. Out of the handful of United players that had bad games, I’m wondering how you singled out Wellbeck vs. Nani, who in my opinion had one of the worst games of his career.

  4. Brilliant result. Blue Monday. Everton truly was, unashamedly, the “People’s Club” tonight. United beaten. Fellaini with one of his greatest games. Jagielka fantastic, etc.

    Also, in case you didn’t know, Arsenal is still in CRISIS, despite having 1 pt over United.
    Just a reminder.

  5. That’s a tough place to go in and get a result anymore. It’s early but you could almost safely predict Everton topping their now-pathetic Merseyside rivals again in the League tables this year.

    1. Don’t think Rooney was any worse than wellbeck. At least with Rooney you might get a bit of magic to change the game wellbeck gave us nothing tonight. Our midfield was non existent as usual and playing scholes from the start when he has no legs anymore is hurting us rather the helping. The game needed someone in central midfield who can get up and down the pitch and that’s not what scholes or cleverly brings to the game.

  6. Just got back from Goodison.

    Very proud Everton supporter. Exceptional performances from Fellaini and Jagielka. United looked very flat and disjointed. Atmosphere is unparalled at Goodison Park on nights like that!

  7. United lose opening game (nevermind draw) and the press says to “not panic”

    Arsenal draw at home, despite a fairly creative and dominating performance (with just a lack of goals despite efforts) and we are told to worry and ‘you needed RVP” and no Song and you are in ‘crisis’ and it will be a tough season etc etc etc

    Ahh the blatant double standards.. Someone would say it even extends onto the pitch, but yeah. Hilarious football press.

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