The former Blues’ boss has endured a miserable start to the season at Old Trafford in what has undoubtedly been a baptism of fire since the Scot came in to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at the champions after 26 years in charge.
In his 11 years at Goodison Park, David Moyes played City 23 times, beating them 12 times, drawing four and losing 7 but, in the his first Manchester derby in charge of United couldn’t have gone worse for the Scot as the Red Devils were thrashed 4-1 at the Etihad.
However, Roberto Martinez has transformed Everton so far this season, the former Wigan and Swansea boss has the Toffees set up to retain possession, play on the ground and counter-attack with speed, confidence and verve as one might expect from a Spanish coach.
The Spaniard’s philosophy and stylish approach is really developing Everton into a force to be reckoned with this season whilst Moyes’ transference of his system at United has so far floundered unsuccessfully.
Everton sit 4th in the league table, just two points off the leaders Arsenal at the top, two points ahead of City in 6th and a whopping five points off United in 12th after six games played. Martinez’ side have taken 12 points from a possible 18 and they’ll be playing for all three on Saturday lunchtime.
They couldn’t be playing the Citizens at a more opportune moment – City have lost their last two games, their last league fixture at Aston Villa and their last Champions League game in which they were given a masterclass by Bayern Munich. On one hand, that could be something Everton could capitalize on – a weakened morale and confidence in Manuel Pellegrini’s side – but on the other hand they might find a wounded beast at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Martinez’ Wigan side stunned the former English champions last term in their FA Cup Final victory at Wembley but, other than that one win, Martinez has not been in charge of a winning side against Manchester City in his entire career to date (7 losses and 1 draw with Wigan in the Premier League).
Can Roberto Martinez do this weekend what David Moyes couldn’t do with Manchester United a fortnight ago? If he can, he’ll do something he’s never done before – win away at Manchester City.
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