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Man Utd v Everton – stat pack
Everton put in their performance of the season on Saturday as they demolished Stoke 4-0 at Goodison Park despite Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas being omitted from the starting line up, says our Everton forum matchday thread starter Shogun.
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It was an outstanding team performance with Gerard Deulofeu and Steven Pienaar leading the way in a match which should have had more goals were it not for a great performance from Stoke goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.
Coming into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, Manchester United go into this game on an eleven game unbeaten run in all competitions. Recent performances have helped put right what had been a dismal start to the season from the champions and has just about avoided being Manchester United’s worst ever start.
Manchester United’s last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:
Manchester United 4-0 Norwich - League Cup (Hernandez x2, Jones, Fabio)
Fulham 1-3 Manchester United (Valencia, Van Persie, Rooney)
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal (Van Persie)
Cardiff City 2-2 Manchester United (Rooney, Evra)
Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United (Rooney x2)
Everton’s last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:
As you can see, the start to the season isn’t anywhere near as important as how you end it. On two occasions in the past Manchester United have won the title after gaining 22 points at this stage during a 38 match season. It was always going to be difficult to live up to his predecessor but David Moyes appears to have steadied the ship somewhat after a turbulent start and he’ll be looking to prevent Everton from their first win at Old Trafford since 1992.
This is set to be the 190th meeting between the two sides and David Moyes’ first match against Everton since his departure.
As you can see, that win has maintained the high standards set this term and has contributed to the second highest points tally Everton have had in the premier league at this stage of the season. Only in Everton’s Premier League record finish season have they gained more points. Martinez will do well to keep up with the record given Everton have a trip to Arsenal to follow up a game at Old Trafford.
Martinez’s record against Manchester United doesn’t make positive reading having been thumped 4-0 and 5-0 numerous times. However given the gigantic gulf between the sides, perhaps he’s due some leeway. Considering the gulf between Everton and Wigan, Martinez’s record against David Moyes isn’t too bad with just 4 defeats from 9.
Stats and Injuries
Everton have a couple of long term injuries in Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson who will both continue to be absent whilst Leighton Baines still has a few weeks to go before recovering from a foot injury. Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are thought to be the only players missing from the Manchester United squad whilst Robin Van Persie is touch and go. Phil Jones picked up his fifth yellow card and is going to sit this one out.
Can Everton beat Manchester United on their own turf for the first time since David Moyes became manager of either club?