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17/08/2012 20:32, Report by M Froggatt, A O'Connor
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Preview: Everton v United

cash-strapped Rangers and Stephen Pienaar from Tottenham on a permanent deal. Both are expected to start. However, the Blues boss has lost Tim Cahill, who now plays for the New York Red Bulls.

Last meeting: While some fans cite Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp strike on the final day of last season as the true turning point of the title race, most will refer to United’s late collapse against Everton at Old Trafford. The Reds were 4-2 up and on course to maintain a three point lead over Man City as the game entered the final stages, until late goals from Nikica Jelavic and Pienaar - then on loan - sealed a 4-4 draw which blew the title race wide open.

Opposition boss: After celebrating his 10th anniversary as Everton manager in March, many wondered whether David Moyes might seek a different adventure elsewhere. However, the former Preston North End boss, quite characteristically, remained loyal to the cause and heads into the 2012/13 campaign with fresh optimism following an impressive end to last term. After a stuttering start, Moyes guided the Toffees to a seventh-placed finish, above local rivals Liverpool.

Star man: Widely regarded as one of last season’s best buys, Nikica Jelavic quickly become a fans' favourite at Goodison Park having signed from Rangers on the final day of the January transfer window. The powerful Croatian went on to score an impressive 11 goals in 13 games, including two at Old Trafford in April.

Quote/unquote: "The Monday night start doesn't bother me. That's not a big factor. The fact it's Everton away holds much more weight. It's a tough fixture and we've not found it easy there in recent years, despite some good results." - Sir

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