Old Trafford was a rather interesting place to be at on Wednesday night as Manchester United and Everton walked onto the pitch. There was some new history written with this match as Marouane Fellaini lined up against his former team-mates who also saw their former boss David Moyes in the opposing dug-out, both for the very first time.
Led by Roberto Martinez who replaced Moyes, Everton did not to lie down easily and let the champions roll over them, much like in Moyes’ days at Merseyside where he oversaw some excellent results vs both Manchester teams in recent seasons. Martinez adopted a completely different approach, and also managed to beat the league champions 1-0, though Everton did enjoy a small slice of luck on their side.
It looks like there could be a changing of the guard happening at Old Trafford with the introduction of Adnan Januzjai and the retirement of Paul Scholes, but Everton are on the other hand flying high as fresh belief has been pumped into them following last night’s win. Things however do not get any easier for them next though, as they make the trip to the Emirates Stadium, where league leaders Arsenal are waiting for them on Sunday. If the United game was difficult, the Arsenal game may move to another level altogether as the Gunners are the clear runaway leaders now.
On Wednesday night, they could afford to give the night off to the likes of Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere and still manage to brush aside Hull City with relative ease, and with Theo Walcott nearing full fitness and Lukas Podolski almost back in action, the vast array of attacking options at manager Arsene Wenger’s disposal is not going to make things any easier for Everton.
Metro however report that this has not lessened their new found confidence following last night’s triumph, and it also gives them belief that if they can get 3 points at Old Trafford, they can repeat the feat again and upset the pacesetters this time around at the Emirates. The game on Sunday is sure to be one interesting contest between the classy Arsenal side and the mavericks of Everton. Will the Toffees repeat their feat this time around too?