Hit | Miss | Sideline: Everton on the up and up
Everton were truly fantastic over the weekend and, after going a goal down to Southampton, they ran them ragged to win 3-1. David Moyes is the best manager when it comes to organisation and bringing the best out of his players. From the likes of Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka, all the way through to Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic.
Nobody had really heard too much about the last-named pair but Jelavic and, in particular, Fellaini have become two of the better players in the Premier League. Fellaini is unplayable at his best and Jelavic a born winner.
Great credit has to go to Moyes, his backroom staff and scouting system. Everton look set for a great season.
Manchester United really look out of sorts at the moment and the consistency that Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand had as a partnership has gone through no fault of their own, through injuries. Jonny Evans is a good player and so are the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones but they are not in the same class as Vidic and Ferdinand.
United will always score goals with their vast array of attacking flair but, look over the years, and all your successful teams have a strong, resilient backbone – from Peter Schmeichel, Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen at United to Petr Cech, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea.
Unless United acquire a top-class, experienced centre half or two in the near future, then I don’t see them regaining the title any time soon.
It was great to see Steven Fletcher notch another goal in Sunderland’s first win of the season, 1-0 at home to Wigan. Many people, myself included, flinched at the price Sunderland paid Wolves for his services – £12 million – but, right now, it looks like a snip.
He isn’t carrying the heavy price tag on his shoulders. Instead, he is thriving off it and carrying Sunderland in the goalscoring department. Sunderland are a big club with big expectations and he has fitted in so well and, most importantly, he is playing with a smile on his face. He could well turn out to be one of the signings of the season.