The 4-0 victory over Aston Villa re-established United’s five-point lead at the top over rivals Manchester City, keeping the destiny of the title in the Reds' own hands. Everton come to Old Trafford on the back of a late loss in the FA Cup semi-final to rivals Liverpool. The Tofffees have, however, been in impressive league form over the past month, winning three out of their last four, scoring eight goals and conceding just two.
Ins and outs
Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to recall Paul Scholes and Rafael after the Wigan defeat paid dividends last weekend. Nani is also pushing for inclusion from the start after a goalscoring cameo appearance against Villa. Everton will be able to welcome back the effervescent Steven Pienaar against the Reds after he was cup-tied last week. However, the possible absence of left-back Leighton Baines is a blow.
Javier Hernandez scored the only goal when the sides met at Goodison Park in October. It was a particularly important win for United as it came on the back of the 6-1 derby drubbing by City. Wayne Rooney was deployed in a central midfield position as Sir Alex’s men fought gallantly against David Moyes' determined Everton side, holding on to claim a vital three points.
Moyes succeeded Walter Smith, a fellow Scot, to become Everton manager on 14 March 2002. He recently completed what has been a successful ten-year stint at the club, with the highlights including an appearance in the FA Cup final