Utd To Make Everton Pay For Last Season's Heartache
With just eight minutes to go against a dogged Everton team and holding a precious and you would think insurmountable, two goal lead, Manchester United had to stand back and watch as the visitors scored two late goals at Old Trafford to put a huge dent in the Red Devils' title hopes.
That was last season. This time Fergie wants revenge.
Going into the weekend nine points ahead of their title and cross-city rivals, it is unlikely that a draw or even a defeat would be as disastrous as last season's result. United however, will be looking to brush the Toffees aside and maintain an excellent run of form that has seen them win 11 of their 12 league games at home this season. Ferguson's men can also boast a thirteen match unbeaten run that has produced 35 points from a possible 39.
It's not only United's red-hot form that Everton have to contend with, it is also their poor record at the Theatre Of Dreams. The Toffees have not won their since 1992 and since then, have lost fifteen and drawn just four times.
The injury news ahead of this game is mainly positive for both teams. Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make one change from his side's 1-0 win at Fulham, drafting in Ryan Giggs for Michael Carrick, who missed England's midweek victory over Brazil with a hip injury.
Phil Jagielka was due to start in that aforementioned friendly but was left out after suffering a slight knock in training. However, he is set to start at right-back for Everton due to a lack of recognized full backs. Davis Moyes has no other fresh injury concerns to contend with, and so is likely to name the same XI that came from behind to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa last weekend.
The William Hill Headline Offers for this clash surround United's devastating Dutch striker Robin Van Persie and Everton's brilliant Belgian Marouane Fellaini. For Van Persie to score anytime in a home victory we have enhanced the price to 6/4 while for Fellaini to notch in an unlikely Everton win, we've enhanced the price to 7/1.
Man Utd 4/5
Man Utd -1 9/5 Everton +1 21/20
Robin Van Persie 3/1 Wayne Rooney 4/1 Javier Hernandez 5/1 Danny Welbeck 5/1
Marouane Fellaini 15/2 Victor Anichebe 9/1 Nikica Jelavic 9/1