Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “Everton have a good away record, better than their home record – it is very strange. “
“When you also see the history of the last matches against them – not my history, but other recent games – it is not so good.
“Everton are, as an opponent, very difficult for Manchester United, but I hope my record shall continue.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “It is as simple as wanting to get back to our best level. It is a game in which we want to test ourselves.
“Our away record has been very strong this season and we want to get back to feeling good about ourselves and that will allow the result to come.
“We want to start the game well, adapt to what is needed at Old Trafford and get rid of the feeling that we had against Arsenal and perform well in this game straightaway.”
I just do not know what to expect from United, to be honest, but I think Everton will go there and attack.
Roberto Martinez’s side are better away from home at the moment – they have picked up 22 points on the road this season, compared to 16 at Goodison Park – and I can see them adding to that tally on Sunday.
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Everton have won four of their last seven league meetings with Manchester United, losing the other three.
However, they have only won once at Old Trafford in their last 22 attempts in the league.
Manchester United are looking to record four successive home wins for the first time since a six-match streak in April last year.
They have lost just two league games at home this season (only Leicester have lost fewer) and conceded seven goals in those matches.
United’s win percentage in all competitions with Morgan Schneiderlin starting this season is 57%, compared to 35% without.
Everton have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League away matches (W6, D7).
However, they have lost three of their last four league games and are looking to avoid a third successive league defeat for the first time this season.
The Toffees have scored with 18% of their goal attempts this campaign – making them the most clinical team in the top flight.
Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Everton in all competitions. He is one of only four players to score a hat-trick against Manchester United in the Premier League, along with Dirk Kuyt, David Bentley and Samuel Eto’o.
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