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03/12/2013 14:21, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Everton

success in the coming seasons.

Last meeting: Last February, United edged closer to a 20th title via a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford, a triumph that manufactured a 12-point advantage at the top. The goals were scored by Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs, whose effort maintained his remarkable record of netting in 23 consecutive top-flight seasons.  

Sub-plot: Where do you start? David Moyes is set to face Everton for the first time since leaving them to become United manager and his coaches Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden, Phil Neville and Chris Woods will also come up against their old employers. The same is true for transfer deadline-day signing Marouane Fellaini as well of course. Wednesday's match could well be a surreal experience for all six men.

Did you know? Ryan Giggs made his United debut during a 2-0 defeat to Everton in March 1991. Over 21 years later, in August 2012, Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie took their own Reds bows during a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

Star-man: Towering striker Romelu Lukaku has been a revelation since joining Everton on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, leading the Toffees’ line with a physical presence and scoring eight goals in 10 matches. Of course, the Belgian spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, for whom he netted 17 goals – including three against United during the historic 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns, Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match as Reds boss. 

Quote/unquote: “They (Everton) obviously recruited really well over the summer with the money they got from Marouane Fellaini. People go on about [James] McCarthy and [Romelu] Lukaku, who are really good signings, but I thought Gareth Barry was a great signing. He’s experienced and sometimes you need a bit of that.” – United coach Phil Neville.

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