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Goodison Park | 25th October 2008 12:00

Everton v Manchester United

Head to Head

Saturday will see Manchester United visit Goodison Park for a league match for the 80th time. In total it will be the 159th league meeting between the two sides.

Everton’s full record is:

 
Home  79  37  17  25 
Away  79  15  20  44 
Total  158  52  37  69 

United completed the double over Everton last season, with late goals on both occasions. Nemanja Vidic netted the only goal of the game after 83 minutes at Goodison in September 2007 while three months later Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty, two minutes from time, gave the hosts a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

We have won just one – at Goodison in April 2005 – of the last 27 meetings since our 1995 FA Cup final win. There have been four draws in that time and the Blues are definitely due another victory. 

David Moyes has managed one victory and two draws from his 13 meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Interestingly, Everton’s first ever Premier League win was a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in August 1992.

Everton’s Premier League record against United is as follows:

 
Home  16  13 
Away  16  12
Total  32  25 

The Goals

The last hat-trick in the fixture was scored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 1999 - in fact, he scored four.

The last Everton treble came as part of a five-goal haul by Dixie Dean at Goodison in October 1927.

Leon Osman has a hat-trick against United to his name though – for Everton Reserves against United Reserves in January 2003.

Both Neville brothers have scored own goals in the fixture – Gary at Old Trafford on Boxing Day 2003 and Phil (with Everton) at Goodison in April 2007. They are one of only four pairs of brothers to have faced one another in Everton games.

Two of Leighton Baines’ four career goals have been scored against United – both for Wigan in 2006/07.  Yakubu has netted for all three of his former clubs against the Old Trafford side  – for Maccabi Haifa (Champions League), Portsmouth and Middlesbrough.

Everton striker Louis Saha scored twice for United in their 4-3 win over the Toffees at Goodison in February 2004. The Frenchman also scored twice against United, for Fulham, in August 2001. 

United’s John O’Shea has scored at both ends in matches against Everton, and has also achieved the same feat against Liverpool - a unique double.

The Players

Five players have been sent off in the fixture – the most recent being the double dismissals of Gary Neville and Paul Scholes at Goodison in April 2005 – United’s only red-cards in league matches against Everton.

The Toffees’ most recent sending off came when David Weir received his marching orders at Old Trafford in October 2002.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has appeared in just one of the four league matches played against United since his move from Old Trafford in 2006. If he plays on Saturday it will be his first Goodison appearance against his former club.

In 1991, a 17-year-old Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut against Everton .

Edwin Van der Sar was the Fulham goalkeeper in David Moyes’ first match in charge of Everton in 2002. The Dutch international conceded a goal from David Unsworth after just 32 seconds.

Any Other Business

If Everton avoid defeat on Saturday they will set a new Premier League best for the club of 37 matches without losing successive games. The previous best run, 36, was set during the 1994-95 campaign.

The current run of 16 matches without keeping a clean sheet is the joint-fourth longest for the Club in the post-war era:

April - Dec 1950  27 games
Aug   - Dec 1958  22 games
Oct 1975 – Jan 1976   20 games
April – Oct 1994  16 games
April – Oct 2008  16 games

Following the 3-1 loss at Arsenal, Everton have not won for seven games - their second longest run without a win under David Moyes. The longest run was nine matches in the first two months of the 2004 season.

Everton have not been awarded a league penalty against United for nearly 20 years – the last being in September 1989 when Kevin Sheedy missed at Goodison.

You have to go back to August 1972 to find Everton’s last successful league spot kick against United, converted by Joe Royle in front of the Goodison faithful.

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Stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland

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