Everton latest: Martinez prepares for United and lauds Pienaar

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All eyes are on Wednesday night's fixture between Manchester United and Everton, with Red Devils boss David Moyes facing his former club for the first time since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. With the game at Old Trafford, United are heavily fancied to take the spoils, but Everton lie a point above Moyes' men, and boss Roberto Martinez has reason to believe his side can cause an upset.

"We've got the quality, and we've got the support of our fans when we go to these places, so I don't see why we shouldn't be performing in the same manner as we do at home," he is quoted to have said by the club's official website. "If you look at the record of results against these teams at home, it's quite magnificent, and we need to make sure that we take that on the road."

Martinez may once again call on loan star Gerard Deulofeu, but the former Wigan Athletic boss was full of praise for South African midfielder Steven Pienaar before the showdown with United, as the 31-year-old makes his return from a hamstring injury.

"He's such a special footballer and what he brings to us into the way we play is quite unique," said Martinez. "Stevie's experience is a valuable part of his squad and it's real bonus to have him back at his best.

"Not many players have his appreciation of space and close control, or the quality in one versus one situations when he opens the spaces and allows other players to come in. He has that composure and time on the ball, and slowly he's regaining his full fitness and he'll get back to his best."

Last week, full back Leighton Baines suffered a fractured toe injury, sidelining him for up to six weeks. However, this hasn't stopped the persistent rumours of a move to Manchester United, following his former boss Moyes and midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the process. The Daily Telegraph report that United will return for yet another bid for the left back, though the impressive display of backup Bryan Oviedo will encourage Everton fans that Baines won't be missed too much.

Whilst Baines may be leaving Goodison Park, one man who could arrive on Merseyside is Valencia striker Jonas. The Brazilian international has been linked with a £10m switch to Everton, but with his contract expiring in the summer of 2014, the Toffees should be able to negotiate a lower price. Jonas is a creative player who likes to play in behind a striker, and with Martinez's tendency to buy from Spain, Jones may well be turning out in the blue of Everton in the near future.

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