Japanese playmaker Kagawa played the full 90 minutes in the 'hole' behind Wayne Rooney and gave an indication of what we can expect this season with an assured display of incisive passing and inventive movement.
Van Persie made his bow as a second-half substitute, replacing Danny Welbeck with 20 minutes left as United sought to cancel out Marouane Fellaini's opener. And the duo almost combined to produce the Reds' equaliser, with Kagawa inches away from converting van Persie's dangerous cross.
Despite the result and Sir Alex's insistence that United "played around" van Persie too much, there were several promising signs from the new boys for the campaign ahead. Watch our video of their best bits at Goodison Park.