LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester United made a losing start to the Premier League season yesterday, crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Everton as Robin van Persie endured a dismal debut.
Marouane Fellaini capped an impressive performance by heading in a corner from former United midfielder Darron Gibson in the 57th minute.
Tom Cleverley came closest to levelling for last season's runners-up, but his shot was cleared off the line by Everton defender Phil Jagielka.
Signing Van Persie from Arsenal last week was meant to provide the additional firepower United needs to regain the Premier League title from rivals Manchester City.
But the Netherlands striker, who cost a reported £24 million (US$38 million), failed to even hit the target after coming off the bench in the 68th at Goodison Park.
It was the first time Alex Ferguson's side has lost a league opener since 2004.
Injuries, though, meant there were just two recognised defenders in United's back four, with winger Antonio Valencia deployed at right back, and midfielder Michael Carrick alongside Nemanja Vidic in the centre.