Everton - Manchester United: Blues aiming to bounce back away from home

Five things to watch as Everton travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Everton - Manchester United: Blues aiming to bounce back away from home
Everton travel to Old Trafford looking to slow down Juan Mata and Manchester United. Photo: Telegraph Sport

As Everton prepare to travel to face Manchester United in the Premier League for a late Sunday kick off, here are five things to look out for ahead of the game. 

Blues better away from home

Away from the pressures of Goodison Park, Everton have been much better away from home this season in the Premier League. While Old Trafford is not the easiest place to play, the Blues flourish away from what should be their home comforts.

Roberto Martinez’s side are a much more dangerous team on the counter attack, a set up that can be lethal away from home. The Blues possess an abundance of pace in key areas for the counter attack and have produced some of their best performances on their travels.

If Martinez sets his team up on the break as he usually does and United set up to attack the Toffees, Everton may find some joy on a bigger pitch with more space for players like Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu to work with.

Everton have been great away from home this season. Photo: ITV Football

Chance for change

After a very disappointing result against Arsenal at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez has a chance to change his team.

While he has shown his potential, Ramiro Funes Mori was not at his best against Arsenal and could be on the chopping block. John Stones has not performed as well as he can in limited appearances since coming back from injury but Martinez has been trying to find spots to fit him in.

He may opt to start Stones here.

Muhamed Besic did not grab his opportunity against Arsenal and with Gareth Barry returning from suspension, the Bosnian may find himself back on the bench. Besic will get his chance again but Martinez may choose to drop him against United. 

Potential FA Cup Semi Final preview

Everton and Manchester United have been drawn against each other in the FA Cup but the Red Devils first have to overcome West Ham United.

United comfortably dispatched the Toffees earlier in the season at Goodison Park but Martinez’s side will be looking to put down a marker should United progress in the FA Cup.

Should the two sides meet at Wembley, Everton will need to prove to themselves and to their opponents that they can beat them.

The Blues will be hoping for a repeat of the 2009 FA Cup Semi Final. Photo: Liverpool Echo

Time to bounce back for Everton

Everton’s season has not been up to the expected standards. They seemingly find themselves talking about bouncing back most weeks from poor performances and this week is not different. While the players have been on a break for international football, their club form was there to see at times.

England looked shaky in defence once John Stones and Phil Jagielka were paired together against Holland. Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium but once again it didn’t matter as he found himself on the losing side. The Blues have not been able to gain momentum while away.

Everton need to begin a run towards the end of the season. The FA Cup is a good distraction but they found themselves 12th in the Premier League table and need to start to move upward as soon as possible.

Romelu Lukaku bouncing back

After a week of comments and news reports linking Romelu Lukaku with a move away from Everton and even potentially moving to Manchester United.

Some fans will look to Lukaku to prove his loyalty to the Blues, at least until the end of the season. While Everton would find themselves in a precarious position without the Belgian’s goals, they still need him to continue to do what he does best until the end of the season.

He is still an Everton player and until contract for a number of years with the Blues but the talk about him moving away from Goodison Park will continue all summer until something is resolved.

Lukaku celebrates against Manchester City. Photo: PFA