Manchester United fans hoping for a bright start to the season were disappointed as they were defeated by North West neighbours Everton in their first game
• There were some bright points from the game, with David de Gea putting in a great performance with seven saves in total, second only to Petr Cech who made ten saves on the opening weekend
• Paul Scholes and new signing Shiji Kagawa also shone in midfield and were each in the EA SPORTS Player Performance index’s top five for passes completed in the opponent’s half from the first games with 56 and 50 passes respectively
• Kagawa also covered more ground than any other player for United with 6.11 miles, ahead of the evergreen Paul Scholes with 5.68 miles
• Overall United completed 324 passes in Everton’s half during the game, a number bettered only by neighbours Man City in the opening fixtures
• United may also rue their chances having had 18 shots at goal, the second highest from the teams in their first matches
• Fulham fans will be delighted with their 5-0 win against Norwich in the first match of the season, with new signing Mladen Petric contributing a brace and Alex Kacaniklic also getting on the score sheet
• Fulham boss Martin Jol seems to have done some inspired business in the transfer market, as Kacaniklic also covered the most ground for the Cottagers with 6.2 miles and put in the third highest registered top speed in the Premier League with 23.05 miles per hour
• Fulham also covered the fourth highest amount of ground in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index as team en route to the win with 61.73 miles

The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is the official playing rating index of the Premier League.

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