Manger quotes, player quotes, team news and prediction ahead of Everton v Manchester United in the Premier League.
What the Managers are saying:
Chelsea manager Roberto Martinez – “Facing the champions is a big enough reason to be excited and to make sure we’ve got the best possible environment at Goodison. I’m sure David will [get a great reception]. His job at Everton deserves that”
Manchester United manager David Moyes – “I’m looking forward to going back as I had some great times and worked with great people and, more importantly, some great players. They were terrific and I’m really pleased to see them doing well. Roberto has done a brilliant job there in the time he has been in charge. He’s got them playing well and in a good, healthy league position so I go back with some great feelings but I’m back now as Manchester United manager and my focus is on that now.”
What the Players are saying:
Everton defender, Leighton Baines – “We are not in control of it. We are waiting for others to do us favours. But we have said all along it was going to be tough. It would be nice to have it in your own hands but we need to keep trying to win games and stay in there.”
Manchester United keeper, David De Gea– “”There are still plenty of important games to play. We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to win every game we take part in.That’s what we’ll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in.””
Everton v Manchester United Team News:
Phil Jagielka could return for Everton although it is likely that if he does prove his fitness after an hamstring injury that he will be on the bench. James McCarthy is set to be restored to the starting line up after starting the defeat to Crystal Palace on the bench while Steve Pienaar and Darron Gibson are once again missing.
Manchester United will have Wayne Rooney available after a toe injury however Robin Van Persie is once again missing.
Form & Prediction:
Everton saw their run of seven straight league wins come to an end midweek as they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. The result coupled with Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham meant that the Toffee’s dropped to fifth in the table and left them relying on a Gunners slip up if they are to stand any chance of reclaiming fourth spot.
United meanwhile had a free weekend last time out following their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions league second leg. Prior to that defeat the club were unbeaten in three games and had scored four goals in two of them, the victories over Aston Villa and Newcastle.
While they have struggled at Old Trafford, United boast the best away record in the league and will fancy their chances of inflicting more pain on Everton, they will but it won’t get them three points.