I AM surprised at how often Everton fans suggest to me that their side “usually does ok” against Manchester United.
This is quite a commonly-held view, though I have no idea why.
The misconception seems to be universal, even though it is fully 19 years since we won at Old Trafford.
Indeed, it is that long since we tasted success there, that the last victory was actually one of my first games for the club, back in 1992, at a time when the redevelopment of Old Trafford into the vast arena it is today was only just beginning.
That day, in front of an eerily empty Stretford End, we ran in second half goals through Mo Johnston and Robert Warzycha, to add to Peter Beardsley’s strike on the stroke of half-time winning 3-0 against a side which would go on to win the inaugural Premier League title. In our current form, of course, we should travel confidently, but under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have developed the fine art of getting the job done at the business end of the season, and of winning matches when playing below their very best.
There is very little pressure on the shoulders of Everton players of course, other than the desire to finish as high as possible in the Premier League table, and to perhaps top the terrific run with which they finished last season.
Then, they managed to end the campaign 11 games unbeaten, but this season there is a chance to go one better, which would be a huge credit to the players, after a slow start to the season. There have been some terrific games in the Premier League of late, and hopefully this will be another.