Everton vs. Manchester United: 6 Things We Learned About the Reds

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Everton vs. Manchester United: 6 Things We Learned About the Reds
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This was just about the worst match United could have drawn when the fixture list came out. Of course, they would want revenge for the 4-4 killer result at the end of last season.

Taking nothing away from Everton's outstanding performance—they had only 36% possession—but the problem was, with four of their five centre-backs out, how on earth were United going to keep out Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini?

If this match showed anything, it was that Everton can be a threat all season this year. They notoriously start slowly and then play catch-up. This season, they came back from preseason earlier than any other team.

It helps of course that they had so few international calls. United had twelve squad members called up this summer, as well as four players out injured, three of whom were centre backs.

Although he has let Jack Rodwell go, David Moyes has made some smart signings, the best being to re-sign Steven Pienaar. He has all his squad fully fit; they know each other and finished last season together. And it showed against a United that has changed its playing formation as well as personnel.

So, apart from United, we learned that if this relatively small Everton squad can stay fit they will be a challenge for any team.

And Fellaini can be Player of the Year. He was head and shoulders above any United player...literally.

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