For 11 years, David Moyes served the Toffees faithfully but now all that is in the past as the former Everton manager leads Manchester United as his former club visits Old Trafford. However, this clash is not like others – for two decades, the Red Devils have been used to living at the top of the table and this mid-table existence is stifling them. Everton, on the other hand, are on 5th, with only goal-difference separating them from a Champions League place.
The last match both clubs played will also play a significant part in preparation for this match. Manchester United could only draw against an underperforming Spurs side, a club that incidentally they haven’t lost to since 2001, yet there were extended periods in that match where they were exceedingly poor.
Everton on the other hand, won their match 4-0 against Stoke, a win that would have greatly pleased Roberto Martinez, viewing it as ideal preparation for the visit to Manchester. However, in a worrying statistic for the Toffees, Everton have not won at Old Trafford since 1992.