Everton shook off their tag of slow starters in the Premier League as they rocked Manchester United and pulled off a shock win.
A lively start saw both teams share the play in an attacking end to end game, but slowly the hosts gained the upper hand and put United under sustained periods of pressure which they failed to respond to.
Fellaini was central to all of Everton’s best work and stepped up a gear in the second half, first heading into the path of Osman, whose shot struck the underside of the bar, before powering the Toffees in front himself on 57 minutes.
The Belgian powerhouse left Carrick standing as he headed home decisively from a corner and he almost doubled the advantage six minutes later with another aerial effort.
A goal behind, United went in search of the equaliser but superb defending by Everton, now camped deep in their own half and playing on the break, was to leave the visitors frustrated.
Van Persie entered the fray with 22 minutes remaining but struggled to make an impact on a debut he will be keen to forget.