Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that the pressure is on Manchester United to win the Premier League clash between the two sides on Sunday.
And why is that so?
‘There will be pressure at Manchester United if they spend more money or do not spend money’, The Guardian quotes the Spaniard as saying. ‘They are a global brand expected to win titles.
'If they do not spend money or spend £200 million it makes no difference because they will always be expected to be the best they can be, challenging for titles and being among the most successful clubs in Europe.
‘It is different if you haven’t won anything for 15 years and then spend a lot of money, but United have that pressure anyway’.
Martinez’s argument cannot be written off. Indeed, United are under pressure at Old Trafford on Sunday just as always.
United are the biggest club of England and following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign they are under tremendous pressure to bounce back in style.
The Red Devils’ start to the 2014-15 campaign has not been great, as new manager Louis van Gaal has yet to fix his side’s defensive problems.
Memories of the spectacular collapse against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month will also be fresh in the players' minds when they take to the pitch at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Everton, too, have been struggling this season following a successful 2013-14 campaign. The Tofffees have picked up just six points from as many matches and need to win in Manchester on Sunday to retain their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.