The Red Devils love nothing more than a goal against their Merseyside opponents
David Moyes’s reunion against his former club at Old Trafford tonight should at least guarantee goals – and history dictates that most of them should go to United.
Manchester United have scored more goals against the Toffees than they have against any other Premier League side, a whopping total of 84 on 42 games. That equates to two goals every time they have taken on the blue half of Merseyside.
And if Moyes wanted even more good news, he will be buoyed by the fact that United are unbeaten in their last 20 home matches against Everton.
Goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie secured a 2-0 win for the Red Devils last season, although Everton fans will have fond memories of the season before, when they came back from 4-2 down to take a point from a 4-4 draw.
That result played a huge part in preventing Manchester United from winning that season’s Premier League title.
However, those four strikes remain the only goals Everton have scored at Old Trafford since December 2007, when Tim Cahill found the net in a 2-1 United win.
Romelu Lukaku will be the danger man for Everton and, happily for Toffees fans, the on-loan Chelsea striker remains one of only three players to score a hat-trick against Manchester United in the Premier League.
And Everton have also allowed fewer shots on target away from home – 16 – than any other side in the top flight. It’s all set up for a tight battle at Old Trafford.