Opposition boss: David Moyes is the third-longest serving manager in the top-flight behind Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger, having joined the Toffees in 2002. The Scot has gained plenty of admirers along the way and has been muted as a potential heir to the throne at Old Trafford, though recent reports have speculated he could be next to ride the managerial merry-go-round at Chelsea.
Star man: Although often overlooked for England, Leighton Baines remains an indispensible figure at Everton and is enjoying a fine season, scoring seven goals and netting twice in a recent 2-1 win over West Brom. With a wicked left foot, the 28-year-old from Kirkby is also a free-kick specialist and must be watched from set-pieces on Sunday.
Quote/unquote: "Everton are very experienced and they've only lost three games this season. Our memory of last season is disappointing - we lost the title versus Everton! But we're playing well, I’m pleased with our form. I'm changing the team around and everyone who has played has done well, which creates competition.” - Sir Alex
Whistle blower: Mark Halsey is the man in the middle for this North West derby. The Lancashire-based official has taken charge of 42 matches in all competitions this season, dishing out 42 yellow cards and three red. United fans last saw him during the 4-3 win over Reading at the Madejski.
Rivals watch: Chelsea host Wigan Athletic on Saturday before Manchester City take on Southampton in the tea-time kick-off at St Mary’s.