Everton v Man United
Monday, Jan 01 – 17:30pm
Even the most optimistic Everton fan could not have predicted how much the club would improve under Sam Allardyce, and the turnaround at Goodison Park over the last few weeks has been nothing short of remarkable. Everton are expected to beat the likes of Newcastle, Huddersfield, and Swansea, but taking points from Liverpool and Chelsea will have given the Toffees a huge boost. Allardyce doesn’t always allow his side to play the most attractive football in big matches, but the results don’t lie, and Man United may not have everything their own way this afternoon.
Man United struggled to hit their usual high standards in December, dropping points to both Leicester City and Burnley. Jose Mourinho has been all over the back pages this week, referencing Liverpool’s transfer business and United’s own financial worries, but there’s no deflecting away from poor performances, and Jose’s side have not been up to scratch recently. When the Premier League title began to slip away from United last season, Mourinho put all of his efforts into winning the Europa League. We will see a similar situation with the Champions League in 2018?
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Everton have won four of their last eight home matches against Manchester United in the Premier League (D2 L2) – prior to this they won just two of 19 at Goodison Park (D3 L14).
- A win tomorrow would see Man United set a new record for most victories against a single opponent in the Premier League (35).
- Five of the last seven goals that Man United have scored against the Toffees have come in the last 10 minutes of the match – three of which came in their 4-0 win earlier this season.
- The last time Everton played at home on New Year’s Day was back in 2003, when they drew 2-2 with Man City.
- Sam Allardyce won two of his first three matches against Man United in the Premier League – he has since won one of his last 21 games against the Red Devils (D5 L15).
- Jose Mourinho has never lost against Sam Allardyce in the Premier League (W8 D3) – the Portuguese is the manager that Big Sam has faced the most without winning.
Everton have a good record at home against Man United over the last few seasons, and considering they have been able to make things difficult for both Liverpool and Chelsea in December, they’ll be confident that they can take something from today’s match. Jose Mourinho needs a win or things could take a sudden turn for the worse at Old Trafford. United have been second all season, and with reports that the club are unlikely to invest in new players in January, fans will be expecting the club to finish in at least second place come the end of the season. A win today would be a statement, and we can see United taking the points.