Everton were able to advantage of United having four centre backs out and having a make shift defence but in the end it was a great all round effort by Everton, topped off by an excellent performance by Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini put in a sublime performance for Everton as they beat Manchester United 1-0 on their first game of the season and to be honest things could have been a lot worse for United if it hadn’t have been for their goalkeeper, De Gea, as he made a string of great save to keep them level until Fellaini’s header in the
It isn’t just Marouane Fellaini who deserves the credit for last nights game as there were a number of Everton players that played excellently. In defence Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka were unbeatable with beautifully timed tackles interceptions as well as Jagielka’s goal line clearance that was equally as important as Fellaini’s goal. At right back Tony Hibbert put in a masterclass performance to show how a full back should defend, so much so that when he closed the door on Evra with a perfect sliding tackle, the Frenchman could do nothing but pick himself up and pat him on the back for to show of his appreciation.
In midfield Pienaar was his usual threat from the wings, as was Oman who was unlucky not to be on the score sheet himself as half volley was saved by De Gea. For me thought one of the stand out players was Phil Neville. His positional player was brilliant, was calm under pressure and his distribution keep Everton moving. If Fellaini hadn’t have been such a beast then Neville would have been my man of the match, but as it was Fellaini put in such a performance that all the top clubs around the world would have taken notice of him.
Dominant doesn’t even come close to describe how Fellaini was in the air. At 6’4 he should win headers, but last night it wasn’t about winning headers or flick-ons it was all about his chest control. If there isn’t a montage of Fellaini chesting the ball down up on YouTube yet I will be surprised as he could put a training video out on how to do it. It wasn’t just once or twice that he did it either, he did it so often that I they could have made a stat graphic for it.
Everton purposely searched out to put the ball up to the young Belgium, who is still only 24, and when it came near him he controlled it with his chest and then with his feet. Last night he didn’t just show how good he is in the air, but also on the ground. He was unlucky not to score in the first half when he went past Carrick and the shot from an acute angle but could only hit the post.
If Everton and Fellaini can play like this all season then they have a great chance of getting into Europe if not knock on the door of fourth place. You may scoff at that, as I am sure some who read that will, but lets not forget that Everton finished 2 points away from Chelsea last season finishing 7th. If they get a good start this season and can continue there good performances in the second half of the season then I don’t see why not.