Marco Silva says a repeat of recent Goodison Park performances will enable Everton to provide “really tough” opposition for Manchester United on Sunday.
Everton tackle United after achieving back-to-back home victories over Chelsea and Arsenal following last month’s Goodison Merseyside derby stalemate.
If Everton are to make it four unbeaten on their own patch, they will need to overcome a Manchester United side which has won 12 and drawn two of its 16 Premier League games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed boss back in December.
Silva is missing international duo Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina for the contest. But he insists Everton boast the quality to avenge a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier this term.
“What gives us confidence, is knowing what we can do as a team,” said Everton manager Silva.
“Everything I can see in my players and what we are able to do during the matches gives me confidence.
“We have big respect for Manchester United and their quality but it is up to us, playing at home, to try to win the game.
“I am 100 per cent sure, if we are at our best level, it will be tough for Manchester United.
“If we can reach the same level as in our past three home games, it will be really tough for them.
“It is my desire and our desire as a team to be at that level again at Goodison."
Colombian centre-back Mina remains sidelined with the hamstring injury he sustained playing for his country last month.
Mina is training individually and, says Silva, “could possibly start full training next week”.
Midfielder Gomes sits out United’s visit as he serves the first match of a three-game ban following his red card in last week’s defeat at Fulham.
And Silva is urging the Portuguese’s replacement to grab his starting opportunity this weekend, when Everton will aim to respond at the first time of asking after the result against Fulham ended a three-match winning run.
“The way we have worked during the week is how we have worked since the first day of the season,” said Silva.
“We have to react and do different things from the last game because, to be honest, it was not good enough from us and what we wanted from the match.
“We will miss Andre because he is a very, very good player and was in a good moment.
“But it will be an opportunity for someone else to come in and it is a big chance for the player who starts the game to show his quality and how he can help the team.
“I am sure the player who starts will show his quality.”
Everton went into the reverse fixture six months ago fresh from winning three Premier League games on the spin.
United, though, edged the contest 2-1 and inflicted Everton’s only loss in seven league matches, as goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial meant Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty represented only a consolation strike.
Norwegian Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho two months after that game and Silva has identified a few changes in United methods in the intervening period.
“Under Solskajer, they change the formation many times and don’t play with just one system,” added Silva.
“They are able to change.
“At Old Trafford we were in a very good moment and they were improving.
“It is a different moment in the season but we know it will be tough for us – and we want to make it tough for them, too.
“They have quality individual players, they have six or seven high-quality players to choose from in their attack line.
“They have quality in all their positions.
“But we will go in with confidence and do our best to try to win the game.”