With any the luck, the first game of the season is not an indication of what the rest of the 2012-2013 Barclay's Premier League has in store for Manchester United. Everton defeated the Red Devils by a score of 1-0 handing United its first loss on opening day since 2004,according to ManUtd.com. While there is certainly nothing to worry about with a loss at Goodison Park, especially so early in the year, United can take a few positive things from the match.
First and foremost, Nemanja Vidic is back and looks to be in fine form. While probably not one-hundred percent just yet, Vidic played well on defense and was back to anchoring the United backline. Of course, without Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick was pressed into duty at the back, which helped contribute to the Everton goal off a corner kick. With any luck, Vidic and Ferdinand will be paired in front of De Gea in short time.
I was pleased with the performance of David De Gea. The United keeper had a great game in making several key saves to keep his squad in the match. Without question De Gea has improved his form from last season, I think he might be adjusting the physical nature present in the Premier League. One player who did not seem an adjustment period was summer acquisition Shinji Kagawa.
In midfield Kagawa made a number of crisp passes and control maneuvers. Once the guy has a few more months of training, his timing and chemistry will prove to be extremely valuable to the United attack. I thought he played well, and like all United fans, I am very excited with what the future can hold.
The other big United acquisition of the summer, Robin van Persie, made an appearance in substitution for Danny Welbeck in the second half. While Welbeck was not exactly having the game of his career, Van Persie had one flash of brilliance that could have led to a goal had Tim Howard not been sharp for Everton. RVP had a few touches, but this was just not United's night. Luckily, the squad will have several more chances as the year continues on.
Sir Alex had the team wired well and did the best he could with all the injuries on the back line, but once Everton grabbed the lead, the blue team displayed a solid defense that no United player could break down. However, there is a long way to go, and the Red Devils should only get better.
Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.