Everton defender Tony Hibbert believes there is no hiding how important Saturday's lunchtime fixture against Manchester United is, as David Moyes' side look to secure their first league win of the season against the Carling Cup holders at Goodison Park.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell helped Everton to a 3-1 home win against United last season and Hibbert believes that result should give the Blues cause for optimism ahead of the game.
“It’s a massive game for us, we’re at home and we need a win no matter what,” Hibbert told evertontv. We’ve had a few good results at home against Man United so I think the lads are looking forward to it.”
Everton have taken just a point from their opening three league games, but Hibbert insisted that this does not reflect the Toffees’ early season performances.
“I think we’re playing brilliantly we really are,” he continued. “We’re getting a grip of the game and passing the ball really well.
“We’re just lacking a little bit in the final third but maybe that’s a bit of luck and maybe that will come on Saturday.”
Everton were left particularly frustrated by a 1-0 reverse against Aston Villa in their last league game, when they couldn’t find the net despite a second half assault on the Villa goal.
With the eleven times Premier League champions next up for Everton, Hibbert says his team must be more clinical in front of goal.
“You can push and push and push all day long but at the end of the day you need to score,” he added.
“Scoring goals wins the games so we need to start to scoring. Maybe it is a bit of luck we need to kick start us but you’ve got to keep on going.”
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