Eduardo never won a game or scored a goal against Manchester United during his Arsenal career ... but his history against David Moyes is much more fruitful. Which one will show up for Shakhtar Donetsk tonight ...
Things are tough, times are hard, your team simply cannot buy a result … all you need is a decent break to galvanise your troops but instead, you have to send them into the trenches.
That is exactly what David Moyes has to do this evening.
Not any trenches, but pretty cold trenches - with temperatures expected to drop to just four degrees above freezing there may be an excuse for footballers to wear gloves for once.
Not to mention that the Donbass Arena has to be one of Europe’s least fancied destinations. After a long haul flight and getting used to the biting cold you then have to face a barrage of hissing and typical Eastern European fanfare - it is not exactly a welcome break from the domestic nightmare United currently find themselves in.
But United can take comfort in the fact Robin van Persie, the clubs main goal threat, has recovered from his injury problems and will feature for the club in Ukraine, against a familiar face.
Eduardo da Silva played with RVP at Arsenal for three years - where both of them spent most of their time on the sidelines through injury.
Of course ‘that’ leg break defines Eduardo’s stay in North London - which is a shame, as he showed real glimpses of being a star when he arrived on the crest of a Croatian wave.
But tonight he could get a chance to show English football what they are missing out on by punishing United and Moyes.
But while punishing Moyes comes easy to him, his time in England was less fruitful against United.
In three games against David Moyes’ Everton side he scored three goals - the cherry on the top of a 6-1 mauling in 2009 and a double in a 4-1 romp in 2007 - both events Moyes will be begging not to repeat themselves this evening.
But against United it is a different story altogether. Eduardo played against United just four times during his stay in Premier League football - not winning a single game or scoring a single goal.
The results read 2-2, 4-0, 1-0 and 2-1 - all of which Moyes and United would be happy to take home with them tonight.
The 30-year-old is unlikely to start, but should feature from the bench - and if he does The Red Devils must hope it is not the Eduardo who plays against Moyes that turns up, but the one who plays against Manchester United.
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