New Delhi: Manchester United's traditional rivals include Manchester City, Liverpool and Leeds United. However, the fixture against Everton has gained an edge over the years. For almost a decade, the two sides were managed by fiery Scots in Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, which resulted in great banter and camaraderie between the duo.
The transfer of a young Wayne Rooney from Goodison Park to Old Trafford further added fuel to this rivalry. Everton fans have jeered him without fail on every single visit as a United player. Last year, Fergie appointed Moyes as his successor at United. That did not go down with a section of the Everton fans especially because Moyes had done a fine job as manager.
This fixture has produced a lot of drama, goals and multiple twists over the years. Before the two teams go head to head at Old Trafford on Sunday, here is how the last five meeting between the two teams ended:
Everton 2-0 Manchester United (April 2014)
Manchester United 0-1 Everton (December 2013)
Manchester United 2-0 Everton (February 2013)
Everton 1-0 Manchester United (August 2012)
Manchester United 4-4 Everton (April 2012)
The April 2012 fixture is one that United fans will never forget. After leading the game 4-2 at home, the Red Devils let their advantage slip with Everton making a 4-4 comeback. This result led to United losing their firm grip on the league title, which they ultimately lost in dramatic fashion to Manchester City.
Everton again got the better off United on the first day of the season in August 2012 when Fellaini headed home a late goal to hand them a 1-0. That game also marked the debut of Robin van Persie for United as he come on as a second half substitute.
Last season, under new manager Roberto Martinez, Everton did the double over United, a feat they had never accomplished before. What made the win even more sweet was the fact they had beaten their former manager David Moyes.
Despite having a superior overall head-to-head record, United have not done too well against Everton in the alst few years. In fact, they have picked up just 4 points against the Toffees in the last 5 league games. Louis van Gaal, of course, will be hoping to set that record straight as the two teams take to the field in a crucial battle.