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Premier League

  • April 23, 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 75300

Premier League preview: Manchester United - Everton

Premier League preview: Manchester United - Everton

League leaders are undefeated in 17 games against the Toffees at Old Trafford and have not lost at home this season, but the visitors have won their last two matches on the road

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Manchester United: Van der Sar; O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Anderson, Valencia, Giggs; Rooney, Hernandez.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Neville, Rodwell, Coleman, Bilyaletdinov, Osman; Beckford.


  • Manchester United have not lost to Everton in the last 17 Premier League meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford.
  • The Reds Devils have been strong at home all season, and have won their last 12 league games in their backyard. They also remain the only team in the top-flight not to have been beaten at home.
  • The last three matches between these two sides resulted in a total of 13 goals being scored. That is an average of 4.25 goals-per-game.
  • United have also scored more goals than any other team in the top-flight, having hit the net 70 times in the league this season.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are still on course to equal the home record that Chelsea set in 2005-06 under Jose Mourinho, when they won 18, drew one and lost none at Stamford Bridge. But to level that record, the Red Devils have to win their remaining three matches at Old Trafford.
  • Everton have won their last two games on the road. But prior to this, they had registered only one victory in 10 matches away from Goodison Park.
  • The Toffees are currently on a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, but all seven matches have been against teams that are currently below them in the standings.
  • David Moyes’ men have conceded more goals (42) than every side above them. But the glass is half full when it is noted that they have shipped in fewer goals than every team below them.
  • The Blues have met United 37 times since the inception of the Premier League, and have managed to register only four victories against the league leaders. One of those came in the form of a 3-1 victory last season at Goodison Park.
  • Tim Cahill is Everton’s top scorer with nine goals in the league. But he will not make the short trip to Manchester, as he is sidelined with a foot injury.


September 11, 2010: Everton 3-3 Manchester United

Manchester United were cruising with a two-goal lead towards the end of the game, but Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta hit the back of the net in stoppage time to deny Sir Alex Ferguson a victory in his 700th game in Premier League management.

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Available Squads
1Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
4Darron Gibson Midfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
14Javier 'Chicharito' HernandezStriker
29Tomasz KuszczakGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
10Michael OwenStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain Distin Defender
3Leighton BainesDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
9Jermaine BeckfordStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
30Shkodran MustafiDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
Players to Watch
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
The former Toffee was dropped for the trip the Goodison Park, and should be fired up to have a go against his former club. The England international has returned to form after a forgettable first half of the campaign, and his presence will be pivotal for the Red Devils in their push to win a 19th Premier League title.
Tim Howard
Tim Howard
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The goalkeeper will likely be tested harshly at Old Trafford, as the games between these two sides have resulted in high scoring encounters in the recent past. And the Toffees may as well concede defeat in their unlikely chase for a European run if they lose this game. So the shot-stopper will likely have to put in a strong performance if the team is to walk away with anything to show for their efforts.
Manchester United have never lost at home so far, and they should be able to hold on to that record. But a few shaky moments can be expected, and a draw could be on the cards.
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