Ronald Koeman says Everton can prove just how far they’ve progressed by being “brave” at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
No team has registered more points in the Premier League in 2017 than the Blues, who will be looking to bounce back strongly from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
Victory against Manchester United would see Koeman’s injury-hit side move above their hosts into fifth - albeit having played two games more - and the Dutchman is urging his players not to hold back when they journey along the M62.
“I’ll be looking for a good performance,” he told evertontv. “First of all, of course, we’d like to have a good result but we want a performance of the level of Everton, and that’s possible.
“We know Man United have maybe been struggling a little bit at home, not scoring a lot of goals and they’re a different team to play against than Liverpool.
“The season is not about one result. The team is doing well, the team is progressing and the next step is to go out and to show your qualities and be brave at stadiums like Old Trafford, because if we reach our level and our football then really we can make it difficult for anyone.”
Everton will be without long-term injury victims Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori, while Morgan Schneiderlin will not recover from a calf problem in time to tackle the club he left when joining the Toffees in January.
“Playing twice in four days is difficult and maybe now more difficult because of the injuries we’ve had in the last week or so," Koeman added. "In three or four days we’ve not really had a long time to recover but for Manchester United it’s the same. We don’t need to travel far, which is good and we’ll train to be prepared for the game.”