Premier League: Manchester United vs. Everton
Current champions Manchester United, buoyed by their Champions League victory against AC Milan in midweek, take on Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon in another exciting Premier League match.
Wayne Rooney‘s brace in United’s 3-2 win over the Rossoneri took his seasonal tally to 25 and now he goes to face the club where he started his career. The 24-year-old striker has become something of a hate figure for Everton fans, having left the club to move to Old Trafford in 2004.
Rooney is in sparkling form, with 13 goals in 14 matches, and Sir Alex Ferguson rates him as one of the best players in the world alongside Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Everton meanwhile continued the impressive run of results as they defeated Sporting in the Europa League on Tuesday. The Merseysiders are really in great form right now thanks to a rejuvenated squad and some timely acquisitions from manager David Moyes.
They have won four of their last five EPL matches and have South African winger Steven Pienaar available after suspension following his dismissal in the one blip, the 1-0 defeat by Liverpool, their only loss in 11 league games.
However Everton has some injury worries. Victor Anichebe, Philippe Senderos, Tim Cahill, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka and Marouane Fellaini are all absent for today’s match. Cahill was forced off with a calf injury during the Toffees’ Europa League win and his absence further depletes boss Moyes’ options.
Can the Toffees beat the Red Devils?
Everton has won just once in 15 EPL meetings against the Old Trafford club. The only victory came at Goodison Park at the end of the 2004-05 season, with Duncan Ferguson scoring the only goal of the match.
UPDATE: The Toffees claimed a shock 3-1 victory over Manchester United with goals from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell. Dimitar Berbatov scored for the Red Devils.