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august 20, 2012 • 05:04 PM

Everton knocks off United in Monday opener

Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Nani (R) vies for the ball with Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini during their English Premiership football match at Goodison Park in Liverpool on August 20, 2012.
Foto: AFP/Getty

Manchester United wanted to start fast after losing the Barclays Premier League title in the final minutes of the season, but Everton played spoiler in the Monday night opener with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

It was just the fourth win ever for Everton against Manchester United in Premier League play in their home stadium.

Marouane Fellaini headed in a corner in the 57th minute to snap Everton’s four-year skid in opening day matches.

United’s Tom Cleverley looked like he would tie the score a few minutes later, but Everton’s Phil Jagielka cleared the ball off the goal line to preserve the lead.

United’s major acquisition, Robin van Persie, came on in the 68th minute for Danny Welbeck, and nearly was the hero when he threaded a pass to a cutting Shinji Kagawa in front of the goal, but keeper Tim Howard came off his line to get a piece of the ball and deflect it over the goal.

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