Everton v Manchester United: Match preview as David Moyes returns to Goodison Park
A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Goodison Park
Sunday 20 April 2014
Manchester United fans would probably sigh with relief at the end of a campaign which saw them break a number of unwanted records - including Everton's winless streak at Old Trafford for 14 years. While David Moyes earned himself fierce critics for failing to drive the current champions into the top four, United's points total away from home is the best in the league. That said, Everton are unfamiliar with losing at Goodison - and will try to wash away the bitterness of the midweek defeat to Crystal Palace.
Roberto Martinez' side are dreaming of Champions League football, but Arsenal are sitting comfortably in fourth after the Blues' latest slip. United are nine points from the Europa League zone, but ending the season on a high could muffle Moyes' critics a little more.
Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick for West Bromwich against United on the final day of last season.
Wayne Rooney has managed five in 15 matches against his former club so far.
Ross Barkley has created 23 chances - five short of United's Juan Mata in the Premier League this season.
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Manchester United 0 - 1 Everton (Oviedo), Premier League, December 2013
Manchester United 2 (Giggs, Van Persie) 0 Everton, Premier League, February 2013
Everton 1 (Marouane Fellaini ) 0 Manchester United, Premier League, August 2012
Everton to win: 2.52
Manchester United to win: 3.0
Ron Atkinson's Manchester United denied Everton a Treble in 1985 when the Red Devils clinched the FA Cup. Tired from the mid-week European Cup Winners Cup tie, Everton couldn't keep up despite facing a 10-men United after Kevin Moran's first half dismissal. It was a day to celebrate for Big Ron's side who emerged victorious after Norman Whiteside curled the ball in to the roar of United supporters.
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