The atmosphere at Old Trafford has been one of enthusiasm and excitement since Robin Van Persie signed on Friday. Fans will be hoping that translates onto the pitch. However, the chances of Everton rolling over to give United an easy victory are zero. The Toffees share all of the grit and determination of their manager David Moyes and have previous when it comes to making United hurt.
All eyes will be on the Dutchman if he is in the starting eleven, but both sides contain intrigue at the start of this season. If Shinji Kagawa can replicate his form from the Bundesliga then Alex Ferguson will be brandishing a wide smile come Monday evening.
On the other hand, if his refusal to shore up the midfield and defence is exposed, his demeanour could be somewhat different. Moyes is a canny enough manager to appreciate the importance of exploiting your opponent’s weaknesses. The United fullbacks can expect some forceful nudges in the opening exchanges.
Everton are well known for starting seasons slowly but, the loss of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City aside, have had a fairly stable summer. Whether they can come flying out of the traps this time is the question on everybody’s lips.
The results earlier in the weekend raised eyebrows and football is back with a bang. Manchester United will be looking to reassert their authority over this league. If Rooney and Van Persie start to gel as early as Monday night, then the sky is the limit.
Watch out for: United’s backline
Despite being linked with Everton’s Leighton Baines all summer the team from Manchester have not bought any defenders. Fabio’s loan to QPR and a spate of injuries leaves the defence looking very vulnerable. Everton can be forgiven if they decide to test the waters with some high balls in.
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