David Moyes takes his men to Old Trafford as Everton face Manchester United for the two teams' weekend Premier League match. The last time these two sides met was at Goodison Park, on the first day of the new season, when the Toffees won 1-0. The corresponding fixture last season saw United draw 4-4. The result was crucial in the championship race, with cross-town rivals Manchester City winning the Premier League on goal difference.
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Kick-off is set for 4pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch highlights on Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two, at 10pm GMT.
United have been handed a golden opportunity to put the Premier League crown beyond the reach of the defending champions. City's 3-1 shock defeat to Southampton could see Robert Mancini's team fall 12 points behind the Old Trafford side after Sunday evening... if Everton fail to stop the Red Devils.
Ferguson comes into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Fulham. England striker Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game and that narrow win allowed United to extend their unbeaten run, in all competitions, to 13 games; 10 of those were wins, with the run including victories against City and Liverpool. In the league, United are unbeaten since mid-November, when Norwich City shocked them at Carrow Road.
However, all those results will have to be balanced against last season's hugely entertaining 4-4 draw at Old Trafford. United were leading 3-1 and then 4-2 but an utterly chaotic final ten minutes saw Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic rescue a point for the Merseysiders.
Everton are in the middle of a fantastic season and are still very much in contention for a Champions League place next season. David Moyes is sixth in the league and a win at Old Trafford will see the club move to within three points of fourth placed Tottenham.
The Toffees played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Aston Villa last weekend and come into this game unbeaten since Chelsea's 2-1 win at Goodison Park on 30 December.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
- Last Result: Fulham 0 - 1 Manchester United
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W D D
- Last Result: Everton 3 - 3 Aston Villa
Ferguson has already confirmed he will rotate his squad for this match, with one eye on the midweek game against Madrid. United do have a few injury worries as well, which means David Moyes could face a somewhat experimental side.
Welsh veteran Ryan Giggs will likely be given a start and England midfielder Ashley Young is also fit, after recovering from a knee problem. Young may not start this match but will be on the bench and is more than likely to receive game time in preparation for the game against Madrid.
England internationals Michael Carrick (hip) and Phil Jones (shingles) are unavailable, although the latter may play some part from the bench. Darren Fletcher remains a long-term absentee.
Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani; Rooney, Van Persie
Everton have a major injury fear ahead of this match. Key midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the team's top scorer this season, has a hip injury and will need to be checked before the match. The Belgian international is the heart and soul of the team and his absence will considerably weaken Everton. Aside from that England defender Phil Jagielka sat out the midweek international friendly against Brazil but is expected to feature at right-back. Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hip) are both unavailable.
Probable Line-Up: Howard; Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini, Anichebe