On Wednesday, David Moyes comes up against his former club for the first time since taking over at Manchester United, with Everton currently two points ahead of the reigning champions.
Man Utd have failed to build on their victory over leaders Arsenal before the international break, with 2-2 draws away to Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur allowing Arsene Wenger’s side to establish a nine point gap over the Red Devils, which will be tough to make up even at this stage of the season. However, performances are improving, which will serve as some consolation to Moyes.
The Scot’s successor at Everton, Roberto Martinez, has done a remarkable job so far, losing just the one game in leading the Toffees to fifth position. They come into this game having defeated Stoke City 4-0 on Saturday in what was arguably their best all-round performance of the season so far, with youngster Gerard Deulofeu capping a fine display with a goal on his first Premier League start.
Man Utd are without Phil Jones, after the defender picked up his fifth booking of the season at Tottenham. Robin van Persie faces a race against time to be fit, but Michael Carrick is definitely out.
Bryan Oviedo – another of Everton’s scorers against Stoke – will continue in place of the injured Leighton Baines, who recently joined Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone on the sidelines.
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