Manchester United - Everton Preview: Toffees winless at Old Trafford since 1992
David Moyes will be looking to improve his woeful record at the home of the Red Devils, but Sir Alex Ferguson's side have only been beaten once on their own turf this season
By Tom McKeown
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani
Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make one change from his side's 1-0 win at Fulham, drafting in Ryan Giggs for Michael Carrick (hip), who sat out England’s 2-1 win over Brazil in midweek.
Ashley Young could return to the Red Devils squad after recovering from a knee injury, but is likely to start on the bench, whilst Phil Jones (illness) is ruled out alongside long-term absentee Darren Fletcher (illness).
Phil Jagielka failed to start England’s friendly on Wednesday due to a slight knock, but is set to start at right-back for Everton, with David Moyes shorn of full-backs Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hip).
The Everton boss has no other fresh injury concerns to contend with, and so is likely to name the same XI that came from behind to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa last weekend.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United have won 11 out of 12 league games at home this season.
- The Red Devils’ tally of 62 points after 25 games is their highest-ever points haul at this stage in a Premier League season.
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have scored 32 league goals at home so far this season; only Arsenal (33) have registered more.
- Everton have a poor record at Old Trafford, having not won there since August 1992.
- However, the Toffees have only lost twice in their last six games against Manchester United.
- Steven Pienaar (pictured right) bagged a late equaliser in this fixture last season as the sides drew 4-4, equalling the highest-ever score in this fixture.
- The Toffees boast a better defensive record than their hosts, having conceding 30 goals to United’s 31.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 3-1 Everton
- 20.45 %
Manchester United 2-0 Everton
- 17.86 %
Manchester United 2-1 Everton
- 13.71 %
|Premier League (EPL)||4 Dec 2013||Manchester United 0 - Everton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||10 Feb 2013||Manchester United 2 - Everton 0|
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|Premier League (EPL)||22 Apr 2012||Manchester United 4 - Everton 4|
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|10 Dec 2013||Manchester United 1 - Shakhtar Donetsk 0||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||Manchester United 0 - Newcastle United 1||EPL|
|4 Dec 2013||Manchester United 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|1 Dec 2013||Tottenham 2 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|27 Nov 2013||Bayer Leverkusen 0 - Manchester United 5||UCL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
The Ecuador winger bagged an early goal in his country’s impressive 3-2 win in Portugal in midweek, and will be desperate to use that momentum to turn in a good performance in Sunday’s clash. The 27-year-old has been one of United’s quieter forward players so far this season and will have a stern test against Leighton Baines, but this game is a perfect chance for him to silence the doubters.
The 24-year-old has five goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season, including a strike in the 3-3 draw with Aston Villa last weekend. The striker has been in fine form and has replaced Nikica Jelavic in the starting line-up in recent weeks, and will hope to take his chance to put in a quality performance against the league leaders.
Last season’s 4-4 draw will be inspiration for both sides, and we could see another high-scoring game, especially with United’s shaky defence. However, given Everton's appalling record at Old Trafford, the Red Devils should keep their superb run of form going.
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