Updated: Thursday, 23rd January 2020 @ 1:00pm

No need to panic claims Nemanja Vidic, as lacklustre Manchester United lose Everton opener to super Fellaini header

No need to panic claims Nemanja Vidic, as lacklustre Manchester United lose Everton opener to super Fellaini header

By Dean Wilkins

As Marouane Fellaini ran riot in Everton’s controlled victory over Manchester United yesterday, Nemanja Vidic claimed there is no need to start panicking.

The Toffee’s 24-year-old Belgian nodded David Moyes’ side into the lead after containing a disorganised United outfit – who could have seen their first defeat become embarrassing without the strong hands of David de Gea.

And as Robin van Persie and the impressive Shinji Kagawa made their debuts, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men lacked a desire to chase dead balls and struggled to find the cutting edge that earned them second place in the league last season.

But their captain Nemanja Vidic – who returned after nine months out with injury – is adamant there is no need to start worrying just yet.

"We knew it would be a hard game," he said. "They did what they're best at – playing long balls and focusing on set-pieces.

“They had a few chances and in the end deserved to score, but we're never happy when we concede from a set-piece.

"We had some possession but we weren't clinical. When you go away from home you expect the home side to have some chances, but we need to be more clinical.

"It wasn't a great game but we're already looking forward to the next one. We've lost our first match (of the season) in the past and finished well so hopefully we can win our next game and go on a long run."

Everton took advantage of United’s makeshift backline and eventually received their much-deserved reward when Fellaini out-muscled centre-back Michael Carrick in the six yard box to header home.

And with attacking winger Antonio Valencia filling in in right-back, Vidic was adamant that United were good enough to defend Everton’s long-ball game despite leaving without a point.

"When you come to places like Everton who will play long balls into the box you need big, strong defenders, but we won't use injuries as an excuse," he added.

"I thought the players who came in gave their best and hopefully we'll have a couple of defenders ready for the next game.

"Towards the end of the game Everton looked a bit tired and I believed, even up until the last minute, we would score because we had some good possession and they sat back a bit. Unfortunately we just couldn't get the goal."