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Boss: We're On A High

Everton relishing trip to the champions, says Martinez.

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Manager Roberto Martinez says Everton are heading to Manchester United high on confidence and inspired by the challenge of trying to bring down the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.

The Blues boss saw his side dismantle Stoke City on Saturday as four different scorers contributed to the Club's biggest league victory in 19 months.

Martinez felt it was the kind of scoreline that had been coming following a succession of dominant Toffees performances.  

He also believes the result has put his players in the ideal frame of mind ahead of one of their biggest challenges of the entire campaign.

"It's always a tough place to go," said the Spaniard. "Old Trafford is a difficult place to play your football, and I think that's what we're really looking forward to - to being ourselves and competing against the champions.

"At this point of the season, we're looking strong, with really good confidence, with an understanding of the quality we're going to face on Wednesday but, in the same manner, feeling really positive about the game.

"Remember that Stoke were coming into the game on the back of two really good away performances at Manchester United and Swansea, so we knew that we had to be aware, and it was pleasing to have that dominance.

"I did feel we could have scored more but I think the scoreline reflected a very, very good, dominant performance that we've been evolving towards and we've been working extremely hard to achieve that sort of play."

The game will be a third in eight days for United, following their 5-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen and 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

European involvement means the Red Devils have already played 21 games this term, six more than Everton.

And though the hosts have also had 24 hours less to prepare for Wednesday's meeting, Martinez said: "It doesn't really make a difference against a team like Manchester United.

"It can be an advantage against squads that are not ready to rotate or to play in different competitions but Manchester United are involved in the Champions League and season after season they cope easily with having to face league demands and cup demands.

"I don't think it will be a factor."

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