LIVERPOOL, England — Marouane Fellaini headed in a corner kick from Darron Gibson in the 57th minute, giving Everton a season-opening 1-0 upset win over Manchester United 1-0 Monday night.
After losing the Premier League title to rival Manchester City on goal difference last May on the final day of a trophyless season, United lost at Goodison Park for just the fourth time in 21 Premier League meetings.
Robin Van Persie, signed from Arsenal on Friday, entered in the 68th minute in his United debut. American goalkeeper Tim Howard got the shutout for Everton, coming off a seventh-place finish.
Tom Cleverley came closest to tying the score, but his shot was cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka midway through the second half.
United was playing its first competitive match since becoming a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.