Everton v. Manchester United has been a virtual ever-present fixture on the English footballing calendar since the mid-20th century, and it is a match that almost always produces an enthralling encounter.
The two clubs have numerous links; these include Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and of course, David Moyes.
Although not rivals, there is a Manchester-Liverpool territorial feel about the meeting which has on occasions been given an extra edge by players and coaches leaving Goodison Park for the Red Devils.
They have met almost 200 times in total, with the Toffees coming out on top 82 times- 14 more victories than this weekend’s opponents.
The two clubs have spent the majority of their histories in the top-flight, with Everton having played 62 consecutive seasons outside of the lower leagues and United 41.
Naturally, they have enjoyed many face-offs and have pitted their wits against each other on 192 occasions.
The first meeting came in 1892, when Everton recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory against Newton Heath (which is what United were then known as).
The Merseyside outfit have enjoyed a prosperous recent record against the three-time European Cup winners under manager Roberto Martinez- winning three and losing just once of the four games he’s taken charge against them.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the top five meetings between the two:
26th April 2015: Everton 3-0 Manchester United
Just over a year after David Moyes’ former employers inflicted a 2-0 defeat on his side to result in his sacking, his successor Louis van Gaal endured a miserable afternoon at Goodison Park.
The hosts went 2-0 up in 35 minutes after James McCarthy finished off a swift counter-attack and centre-half John Stones headed past David De Gea.
Kevin Mirallas added a third in the second half as Martinez’ men continued their unbeaten home run in 2015 and left the away side’s top four hopes in the balance.
9th September 1995: Everton 2-3 Manchester United
As he so often was, Ryan Giggs proved to be United’s man of the moment as they came away from Merseyside with a dramatic 3-2 triumph.
Despite taking the lead twice through two strikes from Lee Sharpe, Joe Royle’s side pegged Sir Alex Ferguson’s young side back on both occasions with Anders Limpar and Paul Rideout finding the net.
David Beckham ran the Toffees ragged that day, and it was his assist that fed the ball for 20-year-old Giggs to win the game with a low shot in the 74th minute.
It proved to be a springboard for another title under Ferguson, while Everton recorded a sixth-place finish.
11th September 2010: Everton 3-3 Manchester United
Yet more late drama and a game that saw Ferguson’s side capitulate from a seemingly unassailable position.
Despite Steven Pienaar’s first-half goal giving Everton the lead, Darren Fletcher swiftly levelled before Nemanja Vidic put the Red Devils ahead on 47 minutes.
Dimitar Berbatov then looked to have sealed the points, latching onto Paul Scholes’ through pass to confidently notch past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Incredible scenes ensued. Tim Cahill pulled a goal back for the Blues in the first minute of stoppage time, before Mikel Arteta’s shot deflected off Scholes and found its way past Edwin Van Der Sar to snatch a memorable point.
7th February 2004: Everton 3-4 Manchester United
Another spirited performance from the home side, that meant nothing in the end.
Chasing unbeaten Arsenal at the top of the table, United raced into a 3-0 first-half lead following two goals by Louis Saha and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 100th goal for the club.
But the home side replied in emphatic fashion after the interval, pulling two goals back through David Unsworth and an own goal from John O’Shea.
Kevin Kilbane then netted an equaliser and with 15 minutes to go, it looked like David Moyes’ men might come away with an unlikely point.
However, van Nistelrooy broke Toffees hearts with an 89th minute winner and saw his side take the three points back to Manchester.
22nd April 2012: Manchester United 4-4 Everton
One of the greatest games in the history of the Premier League, this was a result that proved costly for Ferguson’s men as rivals Manchester City pipped them to the title on the final day.
United were rampant after former Toffee Wayne Rooney cancelled out Nikica Jelavic’s first-half strike; Danny Welbeck and Nani gave them a 3-1 lead before future red Marouane Fellaini pulled a goal back.
Rooney replied with a second two minutes later to put his side 4-2 up, and that looked to be the end of the contest.
Croatian hitman Jelavic again put his side back into the tie with seven minutes to go, before the excellent Pienaar slotted past De Gea to swing the title race out of United’s hands.
They lost to City in their next game and ended up missing out on a 20th league title on goal difference.
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