It has been a bumpy couple of months for Moyes in the Premier League with his current club currently in eighth place. For Everton, on the other hand, life with a new manager is going reasonably well as they sit two points and three places above United in fifth.
On most occasions, when these two sides meet, the games are highly entertaining. Who could forget the 4-4 draw from two seasons ago at Old Trafford?
With Man Utd in desperate need of a win after drawing two in a row and Everton playing so well, we can expect another entertaining tie.
- The last time Everton defeated United at Old Trafford in the Premier League was during the first season of the Premier League era in 1992/93. It was the second fixture for both sides and Everton ran out 3-0 winners over the eventual champions.
Peter Beardsley, Robert Warzycha and Mo Johnston scored the goals which condemned Man Utd to their second defeat in a row.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was just six years old at the time. Everton’s on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku was not even born yet.
- Last season’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford over Everton was United’s 30th victory over the Merseyside club in the Premier League era.
- With 24 points after 13 games Everton are currently fifth in the Premier League. It is their second highest place at this stage of a Premier League season. In the 2004/2005 season David Moyes’ Everton were third with 26 points at this stage.
- Manchester United is eighth with 22 points. This is their lowest position after 13 games in the Premier League but is not their lowest points tally. On three occasions, under Sir Alex Ferguson, Man Utd only managed 21 points at the same point of the season. They went on to win the title on just one of those occasions in 1992/1993, the same season Everton last defeated United at the Theatre of Dreams.
- Manchester United has scored 84 goals against Everton in their 42 previous Premier League encounters. It is the most goals any team has scored against any opponent in Premier League history.
- Lukaku has the best conversion rate in the Premier League (36.4%). With eight goals, the Belgian has scored more goals than the strikers at Chelsea—Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres have managed just four goals in the Premier League.
- Along with West Bromwich Albion, Everton have drawn the most games so far this season with six. They have, however, only lost one, less than any other team.
- Everton have won just two of their last 14 games away from home, with both wins coming this season. The Blues beat Aston Villa 2-0 and West Ham United 3-2, respectively.
- In the 14 times Rooney has played against Everton in the league since leaving the club in 2004, the England striker has scored in just three of those with a total of four goals.
Roberto Martinez has only one victory over United, a 1-0 win at the DW stadium. However, it was the only time Wigan earned any points against the current champions.
Martinez also only has one win over David Moyes, a 3-0 win at Goodison Park in last season’s FA cup semi-final. He has never beaten Moyes in the Premier League.
Which team will win?
Since the start of the Premier League, games between Man Utd and Everton have been dominated by the Manchester side. This season, however, Everton can be hopeful of piling on the misery of their former boss with a draw or even a victory at Old Trafford.
It could be a case of Rooney vs. Lukaku as two of the Premier League's in-form goalscorers meet. Lukaku scored a hat-trick the last time he faced the Red Devils in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game as United manager.
If Robin van Persie returns, however, then the fire-power of the champions will be a big factor. The midfield battle will also be key as United are without Michael Carrick and Everton's James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are playing excellently together.
A win for United and Moyes would mean they leapfrog Everton in the table and can remain on the periphery of the Premier League title race. If Everton win then it is another huge result for the Blues as they continue to stay in touching distance of the Champions League places.