13 August 2005, Goodison Park
UNITED 2 (van Nistelrooy 43, Rooney 46)
Everton: Martyn; Hibbert, Weir, Yobo, Pistone; P.Neville, Davies (Kilbane 76), Arteta, Cahill, Osman (Ferguson 64); Beattie (Bent 20). Subs not used: Wright, McFadden.
United: Van der Sar; G.Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea; Fletcher (Heinze 72), Keane, Scholes (Smith 81), Park (Richardson 85); Rooney, van Nistelrooy. Subs not used: Howard, Rossi.
Ruud van Nistelrooy opened the scoring a couple of minutes before the break by converting a John O'Shea cross and Wayne Rooney netted against his old club by punishing a dreadful error by Joseph Yobo at the start of the second half.
Marcus Bent hit the bar but the Toffees were well beaten as United opened the campaign in confident fashion, with Ji-sung Park going close to scoring on his English league debut.
Despite this promising start, Sir Alex Ferguson's side would eventually have to settle for second place in the table at the end of the 2005/06 season as Chelsea retained the title by eight points.