A ROUND UP of sporting headlines from national newspapers including news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester United’s attempt to wrestle back the Barclays Premier League title suffered the worst possible start after they were beaten by a Marouane Fellaini-inspired Everton. Also: Andrew Strauss will discuss his Test future with team director Andy Flower following England’s loss of their No 1 world ranking to South Africa yesterday.
DAILY EXPRESS: Robin van Persie had his big night ruined by Marouane Fellaini’s superb header as Everton beat Manchester United 1-0 at Goodison Park. Also: Andrew Strauss wants to put England back on top of the world rather than walk away from the job as captain after being outplayed by South Africa.
THE GUARDIAN: This was merely the start for these two clubs, yet Everton and Manchester United performed with an intensity that suggested this was the culmination of an entire campaign. Also: Andrew Strauss asserted his ambition to lead England’s response to the dramatic defeat by South Africa which marked the end of their 364-day spell at the top of the world Test rankings.
THE INDEPENDENT: Out-fought away from home in the league and beaten with a goal from a set-piece: at least Robin van Persie’s Manchester United debut last night was not too much of a departure from all those years he spent at Arsenal.
THE SUN: Manchester United crashed to a disastrous opening-game defeat - as £22million Robin van Persie sat on the bench. Also: Kevin Pietersen could be made to wait several weeks before learning his England fate.
THE TIMES: Manchester United’s attempt to regain the Barclays Premier League title from Manchester City suffered an early setback last night as they were beaten deservedly by Everton at Goodison Park.
DAILY STAR: Robin van Persie was made to wait for his debut last night as Everton put an early dent in Manchester United’s title hopes. Also: Roberto Mancini breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Sergio Aguero was only ruled out for a month with a knee injury.
DAILY MIRROR: Robin van Persie could not prevent his new team slumping to an opening-day defeat for the first time in eight years. Also: Spurs are considering a move for Emmanuel Adebayor’s Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko, who cost them £27m. Meanwhile Premier League newcomers Southampton are lining up a £18 million double swoop for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez and Blackpool’s Matt Phillips.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester United waited 67 minutes to see Robin van Persie and will have to wait even longer to win their first points.