Everton vs. Manchester United: Players to Watch During Premier League Clash
There will be a handful of talents to keep an eye on Monday when Everton and Manchester United face off in the two clubs' English Premier League opener.
An American star with tons of momentum on his side will suit up in goal, while a high-scoring superstar striker will be looking to notch his first goal of the EPL campaign.
Rest assured though, regardless of the result on Monday, there will be a trio of exciting stars to watch for.
The Everton goalkeeper is coming off a phenomenal performance for the United States national team last week, in which he led them to their first ever win over Mexico south of the border, making two miraculous late saves to preserve the Americans' 1-0 win.
Howard made 117 saves in 44 competitions for Everton in 2011-12, and will again provide the club with a dependable last line of defense this Premier League season. Howard will have to be on top of his game against Manchester United though, considering the sort of world-class striking talent Sir Alex Ferguson's side boasts.
Which player will have the best game on Monday?
The Premier League's second-leading goal scorer in 2011-12 was Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. The strong forward is constantly getting his head on balls at the net and making explosive runs into the box. It is that skill and ability that allowed him to score 27 goals in the EPL last season.
With the addition of Robin van Persie to the squad, United can now say they possess the two top EPL scorers from a season ago, which will only make them more of a threat to run away with the league in 2012-13. Rooney will surely benefit from playing alongside van Persie as well. Maybe not on Monday against Everton, but over the course of the year surely.
Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe made 16 appearances for Everton in 2011-12, but scored six goals on 15 shots during that time. At age 24, Anichebe certainly has a lot of promise, and should make great strides on the pitch this season as he gains more experience and playing time with the English club.
Although Anichebe lacks the elite-level skills that Rooney has, he is still capable of ruining Manchester United's day on Monday. Whether he starts or comes off the bench late as a substitute, Anichebe can change the game for Everton, and that's why he is more than worthy of a look against United.
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