Live: Everton 1 Man Utd 0

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It's all over! Everton beat United 1-0 thanks to Marouane Fellaini's winner.

We're into the final minute of stoppage time and there's a late United corner but Distin defends superbly again, heading it clear.

The outstanding Fellaini goes off to a standing ovation from the home crowd as Heitinga makes an appearance.

Four additional minutes are added. United still have time to get something from this and they're getting forward again. Anderson unleashes a decent effort from far out but it's wide.

Steven Naismith comes on for the injured Jelavic to make his Premier League debut.

United are throwing everyone forward but Anderson can't control Evra's cross in from the left. Vidic pulls Coleman down on the right and there's a Toffees free-kick.

Looks to be a thigh problem but Jelavic is back on his feet on the touchline. United trade passes on the edge of the box but a poor cross from Young goes straight to Howard.

There's a lull in play as Jelavic goes down with some discomfort in his leg and receives some attention.

There's a break for Everton, led by Baines, and he finds Coleman out on the right, but United defend for a goal-kick.

Another change for United as Tom Cleverley comes off for Anderson.

Valencia attempts to lift a cross into the Everton box from the right but Baines is there to deny him. It's all defending from the Toffees at the minute.

United take a throw inside the Toffees' half and are handed a free-kick down the left after an apparent foul on Evra.

Everton's Leon Osman makes way for Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman.

Hibbert rushes in with a well-timed challenge on Evra to subdue another United attack.

Van Persie nutmegs the ball through to the onrushing Kagawa but he's just a half a yard short as he fails to greet it in front of goal.

Another United corner comes to nothing, with Rooney taking it this time. The Toffees defence have been solid since that goal.

Ashley Young comes on for United, with Nani making way.

Howard launches the ball upfield but United win it back, getting forward yet again. Distin knocks Rooney off the ball but concedes a corner.

Jelavic beings down the ball in the United half and Pienaar tries to set the striker free but De Gea comes out to close him down.

The Toffees are still holding firm, defending everything United throw at them. Can they keep it up for the final 15 minutes?

Everton fans are calling for a free-kick for a challenge on Neville but it's United who get one after a Fellaini foul. Kagawa and Rooney link up for the visitors.

Evra offers up a delivery for Nani but just overshoots his target. Ashley Young is warming up for United on the touchline.

Scholes and Rooney enjoy some great link-up play and the ball falls to Evra on the left, with the defender winning a corner. It's dealt with again by the hosts.

It's Everton's turn to try an attack but Fellaini gives away a free-kick after catching Scholes. Cleverley wins another in midfield seconds later.

It's another corner for United but it's cleared again. Vidic tries his luck in the box but doesn't worry Howard.

RVP is thrown straight into the action as he takes United's corner, but Jelavic is there with a headed clearance.

Here we go then - what United fans have been waiting for. Robin van Persie steps on for Welbeck to make his Red Devils debut.

United come excrutiatingly close to equalising as Howard comes out to deal with an attack, leaving it to Jagielka to pull off a goal-line clearance.

Scholes is tripped by Fellaini in midfield and United take a quick free-kick, finally finding their way into the Toffees half.

United are on the ball in their own half, with Carrick and Scholes looking for a way through but are being kept back by the Toffees defence.

Jagielka wins the ball with a header and nods it on to Fellaini in the box, but he can only put it in De Gea's waiting gloves.

Scholes, already on a yellow card, gives away a free-kick just inside the United half. It's Baines again that steps up.

The Toffees backline deal with the corner but United are still pushing, looking for a response. Distin does well to head a dangerous cross clear in the box.

Nani uses his pace well against Baines down the right and is rewarded with a corner as the Toffees man is forced to put it behind.

Goodison is rocking now, with the fans belting their support. Nani and Pienaar battle in midfield and the Toffees win a throw.

A deserved lead for Everton - how will the visitors respond? Nani puts in a poor cross from the right and Howard easily collects.

After a superb night so far, Fellaini finally sees the fruit of his efforts as he rises to nod home a bullet header from a Gibson corner.


Evra does well to stop the ball going across the face of goal but concedes a corner.

A long ball from Carrick finds Nani at the top of the pitch. Rooney unleashes a shot just on the edge of the box after being put through by Kagawa but it flies over.

Everton are pressing again but a rare mistake from Fellaini allows the ball to go out and back to the visitors.

The ball goes to United and they win a throw on the right of the Toffees' half but Everton win it back. Welbeck appears to foul Hibbert down the right channel but nothing is given.

Welbeck very nearly finds Rooney in the box but is held up by the Everton defence once again. Jelavic is called up for a foul on Vidic but it's the Toffees man on the ground in apparent pain.

Kagawa releases Rooney, who tries to pick out Cleverley on the edge of the box, but it's Hibbert this time who intercepts with a strong challenge.

Another great tackle from Jags as Kagawa advances near goal. He had to time it to perfection or risk a penalty.

United surge off on the counter-attack and Jagielka does superbly with a well-timed challenge on Welbeck to subdue the threat.

Baines lofts a long ball upfield for Fellaini, who shows excellent control to bring it down and move it on swiftly. Everton come SO close through Osman with a shot which pings off the underside of the crossbar.

Gibson and Neville team up in midfield as Everton press, looking for a way through. The former turns away from Cleverley and tries a shot from range but it's well over.

Cleverley is on the ball for the visitors, with Valencia in support. Rooney delivers a ball which, by his standards, is pretty poor.

Thanks for the feedback, sorry I didn't have time for all of it. Enjoy the second half, hope we get some goals!

It's almost time to get back underway and there's no sign of changes yet at Goodison. Van Persie remains on the bench, currently signing some autographs.

@WAdhipE believes the Toffees have got the physical edge over their visitors. He tweeted - "The whole Everton team is too strong and tall for United. And they are deliberately targeting Carrick because he isnt a CB."

Paarth Sharma is pleased to see De Gea silencing the critics with his display - "De Gea - is now proving his worth to Sir Alex - Hope all his doubters keep quiet now!"

@sglenton wants to RVP sooner rather than later - "United fan here, think we should really bring Van Persie on and start the scoring before the Toffees do."

The possession in that half was 64% to 36% in United's favour but as Neville points out - that doesn't always tell the story. Everton have been relentless in their attack so far.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville agrees Fellaini has been the main man in the first half, telling MNF - "I thought he was absolutely magnificent. He's done everything right. He's been a constant threat, a target for Everton."

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Interested to hear what you thought of that half. Fellaini is looking dangerous for Everton, definitely their star man, while De Gea has pulled off some fantastic saves. Kagawa working hard on his United debut.

The whistle blows and it's goalless at half-time - but there's been plenty of chances, particularly from the Toffees.

United are looking for something in these late stages and win a throw down the left. Kagawa chips in a lovely ball, looking for Rooney, and it tests Howard.

It's Baines that takes it and it's a strong delivery, taking a little nick off the wall, but De Gea is there again with a solid save, leaping to palm it away. Two additional minutes have been added this half.

We're in the final minute of the first half and Everton win a late free-kick thanks to Vidic from 20 yards, with Jelavic and Baines loitering around the ball.

Scholes tries to pick out Kagawa but there's some miscommunication as it rolls to Distin. Back on the ball, it's a throw for Everton down the right of United's half.

Pienaar takes a chance leaning into Nani on the edge of the box but it's the United player who commits a foul and Everton get out of jail.

Everton have had 10 chances to United's 5 so far this evening - they'll feel unlucky not to have seen a goal if this half ends 0-0.

What a chance for Everton and another great save from De Gea! Fellaini, who is looking brilliant tonight, nods the ball on to Osman in the area, who spins and drives it towards the keeper, forcing another save.

Everton are trying to build something from deep as the back four trade passes. Howard lofts a long ball up for Jelavic but Scholes intervenes.

A neat Kagawa pass meets an onrushing Welbeck, who tumbles under pressure from Jagielka. United aren't happy but the ref is unmoved.

Kagawa, who hasn't stopped running so far this evening, is involved in some more United build-up. Evra finds Rooney in the area and he powers a shot towards goal but it goes straight to Howard.

Jelavic and Nani battle for the ball in midfield and it's a close match but the United man wins a free-kick in his own half.

It's nervy for United as Baines almost manages to get a close range shot away. Scholes flies in with a dubious challenge in the box seconds later - risky stuff.

It's been an energetic encounter so far and fairly evenly matched, but while United are edging possession, Everton have had some dangerous chances.

Everton come again as Pienaar unleashes a low shot which De Gea has to react quickly to palm away. The hosts are really applying the pressure.

There's more good work from Fellaini as he wins the ball in midfield. Hibbert lofts a cross into the box but Fellaini can't keep his header down.

Pienaar tries his luck with a shot from some range off a Fellaini ball but his effort sails well over, not troubling De Gea.

United trade passes in the Everton end but Kagawa is dispossessed by Distin. Cleverley wins it back for the Red Devils, but they concede a free-kick in the box.

The striker goes for the top left-hand corner but Howard reads it well and dives to deny the United frontman. The visitors take a quick corner.

Rooney steps up to take the kick from 20 yards in a central position...

Nani breaks into the Everton half and United trade passes, looking for a way through. Scholes goes down and the Red Devils are awarded a free-kick from a good position.

Everton win two throws on the left of the United end in quick succession but the ball goes back to De Gea.

Pienaar does well with an on-target header from some way out and it forces a quick-thinking save from De Gea, who tips it over. Fellaini goes for goal off the resulting corner but fires it across the face of goal.

There's some terrific swift and accurate build-up from Everton but Jelavic can't quite get anything on the ball as he runs it down in the box.

Off Welbeck goes again on the counter-attack with plenty of space and Cleverley in support. The ball falls to Nani, who tries his luck with a long-range effort which goes wide, but has Howard furious at his back four.

Everton take a throw in their own half and Neville allows Osman to break with a good ball but United snatch it back. Very back-and-forth at the minute but United currently have the edge.

Welbeck breaks on the counter-attack and United are in control again. Evra fires a decent cross into the box for the young striker but he loses the ball trying to help it on towards Rooney at the back post.

United enjoy some possession, with Scholes and Kagawa working well together in these early stages, but Everton win it back through Jelavic.

The Spaniard is up on his feet again to take the goal-kick. He picks out Nani but the United man flicks it on to Baines behind him.

De Gea, sandwiched between Osman and Fellaini, does well under pressure to deal with the corner after Baines lifts it in. The keeper is on the ground after the collision.

It's Manchester United's turn for a throw in their own end, which goes straight to Scholes. There's a mistimed challenge from Vidic on Fellaini after the visitors lose the ball and the Toffees win a free-kick on the right of goal.

Everton win a throw on the left of the United half, which is picked up by Fellaini. He skips brilliantly towards goal, losing Valencia and Carrick, but runs out of grass. Jelavic is frustrated, as he was waiting in the box.

There's a late challenge from Paul Scholes on Gibson and that's another Manchester United player with a yellow card in these early minutes.

United start to press as Kagawa and Scholes pass their way forward, finding Rooney, but the Toffees defence hold firm.

Valencia tries a break down the right but is held up by Neville. He claims a corner as it goes behind, but the ref rules it's a goal-kick.

United are forced back just inside their own half by the Toffees defence and Welbeck gives the ball away in midfield.

Distin closes Rooney down as he heads for goal. Scholes tries a first-time effort from range but keeper Howard manages to deal with it.

Neville wins possession in midfield, intercepting a Carrick pass, but Kagawa manages to claim back the ball and find Rooney.

De Gea is forced to make a hurried clearance, under pressure from Pienaar. On the attack, Kagawa and Rooney link up and the former looks for Welbeck in the box but his cross is too long.

There's a scrap to meet the corner but United manage to clear. It's been a bright start from the hosts this evening.

Fellaini flicks a header on and it's picked up quickly by Pienaar on the right. He plants it in for Jelavic, who wins the home side their first corner.

Baines delivers another free-kick from distance out on the left but Vidic, making his long-awaited return for United, is there with the clearance.

Nani earns the first booking of the game after a challenge on Baines. A bit harsh, not much contact. Toffees free-kick.

Distin does well after Nani escapes Baines and the Everton man is forced to close him down as he sprints towards the box.

It's not the best delivery from Baines by his standard but Osman manages to get something on it, though his header goes wayward.

We're underway on Merseyside and it's the boys in blue that get things started. Early free-kick for the Toffees inside the United half, which Baines steps up to take.

Here we go then, let's see how United's new-boys get on against the Toffees. Enjoy the game guys!

The teams are out at Goodison and we're under five minutes away from kick-off. Thanks for all your feedback, keep it coming at the break.

Much of the focus may be on RVP this evening, but Joshua Rance has warned not to forget about the Toffees' main man Jelavic - "Got a feeling Jelavic will rip the first half but RVP to get an late goal."

Rupi Lal is disappointed not to see Little Pea on the bench - "Happy with the starting line up; totally agree with Gary Nev about Van Persie being on the bench in his first game but the big surprise for me is no Chichaito but Berbatov joining him in the subs."

Gary Neville agrees, telling MNF - "He's a player that's got that composure in the last third that's so important for the likes of Rooney and Van Persie. I think he'll play off the striker, off to the side. He's got that ability to thread a pass through, he's got his head up. He's going to be a very, very good player and difficult to mark."

@matthew_platt is predicting another United new-boy, Kagawa, to be a big hit - "Hoping to see Kagawa starting tonight, expecting big things from him this season... One to watch for sure!"

@WolfHawkWriting has come over all prophetic. He tweeted - "Rachel, Had a dream Van Persie came off the bench to score a header......."

Just over 15 minutes to go until kick-off then, so I'll hand the floor over to you for some pre-match thoughts.

Of course, the former Arsenal striker has not had a full pre-season and could be missing match fitness.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville tells Monday Night Football of Robin van Persie starting on the bench - "The biggest risk of this investment is injury. To let him have a look at it from the bench is probably the sensible thing to do, because you wouldn't want him to get injured."

Steven Pienaar starts in midfield for the Toffees having re-joined from Tottenham while new signing Steven Naismith is among the substitutes.

Van Persie's fellow summer arrival Shinji Kagawa makes the starting line-up as does Nemanja Vidic, playing his first match since December, with midfielder Michael Carrick partnering him in central defence after injury to Rio Ferdinand.

And refereeing this evening's clash is Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Everton subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman, Anichebe. Man Utd subs: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Anderson, Berbatov, Young, Van Persie, Wootton.

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Scholes, Cleverley, Nani; Kagawa, Rooney, Welbeck

Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin; Osman, Pienaar, Gibson, Neville, Fellaini; Jelavic

The big team news this evening is that Manchester United's blockbuster £24million summer signing Robin van Persie starts this one on the bench.

The teams are in and I'll be bringing them to you in just a sec, and in the meantime why not get in touch ahead of kick-off? You can email or tweet me @SkySportsRachG.

You can watch the clash on Sky Sports 1HD and I'll also be bringing you all the action live as it unfolds.

Good evening all and welcome to the first Monday Night Football clash of the new season as Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park.

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