his regular place very easily with two solid displays against Everton and Fulham. He was involved at both ends of the field against Cottagers and it was Patrice who set up Robin van Persie to superbly fire home his first-ever goal for the Reds.
The Japanese playmaker was United's main spark on a disappointing night at Goodison Park, brilliantly linking play from midfield to attack and showing some lovely touches on the ball and his ability to find a killer pass. He marked an equally impressive home debut with a goal, a close-range tap-in after Cleverley's edge-of-the-box effort had been parried. A standing ovation rightfully followed when he was substituted mid-way through the second half.