Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said he would rather his side play well and lose at Old Trafford rather than a scrappy 1-0 win.
He is quoted in the Guardian saying after being asked the question on the subject: ‘Play well and lose, 100%, because this game is about us being able to perform at Old Trafford and being able to show to ourselves that we can compete with teams away from home eye-to-eye.
‘Sometimes the result is in the lap of the gods; it can be bad decision from a referee or a piece of magic from a player. We need to have a substance to our performance so we can take ourselves to the next level. I want to play well, be the better side and win. But I would settle for playing, being the better side and losing. It’s about the long-term.’
It seems that the Everton boss wants to see more progress in the infancy of his reign, signs that his side aren’t afraid to take on the Champions regardless of who is in their managerial dugout nowadays, as he tries to take the side into the Champions League in his first game in charge.
Martinez is right with the aspect that a result doesn’t necessarily reflect the progression of a side as much as a performance might i.e a side could get battered for 90 minutes yet somehow come away with a 1-0 win.
It is often thought that a side playing well will eventually reap the rewards. But if they managed to dig in and get a win at Old Trafford in a not so impressive fashion, it would show another side to Everton under Martinez that they can dig in – a sign of a very good side in the making.
Both scenarios would give the side belief that they are not out of their depth mixing it up with the elite of the league, which is probably why it is surprising that Martinez made a choice when asked the question.
But there will be a lot of Evertonians that will take a win at all costs at Old Trafford to give them a massive three points and their first win there in the league since the inaugural Premier League season.
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