Written by Dan Cancian (@mufc_dan87)
Manchester United host Everton on Wednesday night and will be looking to force their way into a top four spot after consecutive draws against Cardiff and Tottenham in recent matches.
United are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, but are nine points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and David Moyes goes into his first meeting against his former club knowing that anything less than three points will increase pressure on his players.
Having made the bench against Spurs, Rafael could make his first team return, while Marouane Fellaini could be involved against his former club given that Phil Jones is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season on Sunday.
Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia are expected to retain their places in the starting XI, as is Wayne Rooney, who has now netted 12 goals in 21 games in all competition this season, while Robin Van Persie remains doubtful as he’s still not fully recovered from the injury that has sidelined him for the last three games.
Everton arrive at Old Trafford on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Stoke, which pushed the Toffees towards a Champions League spot, as Roberto Martinez has got his career on Merseyside off to a flyer.
United have struggled against Everton in recent seasons and while Moyes is expected to know his former club inside out, Everton have changed under Martinez and will be looking to continue their impressive run with a positive result against their former boss.
Manchester United v Everton Match Stats
Chelsea (twice) are the only team to prevent the Red Devils from scoring in their last 74 league matches at Old Trafford.
Everton have won none of their last 20 Barclays Premier League away games at Old Trafford (W0 D4 L16).
Robin van Persie has scored six goals and assisted five more in 10 Barclays Premier League starts against Everton.
Everton have won just two of their last 14 league matches away from home (W2 D7 L5), but both of those victories have come this season.
Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini netted 25 league goals for Everton including three in this fixture against Manchester United.
The last time Romelu Lukaku faced up against Manchester United, he scored a hat-trick for West Brom in May 2013.
Romelu Lukaku is one of only three players to score a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United (after Dirk Kuyt and David Bentley).
Manchester United have scored more goals against Everton than any team against any single opponent in Premier League history (84).
David Moyes won 173 and lost 131 of his 427 Premier League matches as Everton manager before joining Man Utd in the summer. He never saw Everton win at Old Trafford in his tenure as Toffees boss.
Everton have allowed fewer shots on target against them away from home than any other team in the top flight this season (16).
Wayne Rooney has now scored 149 Premier League goals for Man Utd. Only Thierry Henry has scored more (175) for a single club (Arsenal).