Everton manager looking to attack Manchester United on Wednesday
The Toffees head to Old Trafford on Wednesday night sitting two points ahead of their opponents and Roberto Martinez wants Everton to go all out for victory against Manchester United.
December 3rd, 2013
Martinez replaced David Moyes in the summer and the supporters currently regard the Spaniard as an improvement on his predecessor, although it will be interesting to see how Everton fare against their former manager.
The Merseyside club will hope to challenge for a top four Premier League spot this season, with Martinez calling on his players to be positive when it comes to facing the strong teams in the division rather than adopt a damage limitation mentality.
Everton face United before travelling to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with Martinez admitting that this week will determine whether his team really can be top four material this term.
“This week will have a huge bearing on our season,” said the Everton manager. “It would be very easy for me to play it down but we are going to go to Old Trafford and the Emirates. They are games that we are not expected to win but, clearly, if we want to achieve something special, we need to be able to break the mentality of going to the big grounds and getting some wins.
“Over the last 10 years we have not beaten Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool at their grounds and we need to address that. We need to make sure we are ourselves. We need to know how we are going to play and who we are. We are excited about going to Old Trafford.”
Leighton Baines is the notable absentee from the team, with United potentially set to lodge a fresh bid for the left-back during January, although Martinez is calling for his other players to show plenty of courage against the champions.
“We need to be realistic. There are six clubs with six incredible budgets and we need to be different in the way we play. Unless you experiment with that on the pitch you will never be able to beat teams with bigger budgets.
“If you are going to be brave and try to win games rather than just being in a position where you want to keep a clean sheet and get through in damage-limitation situations, then you need to be flexible as a player and as a team and play in different ways in the modern game. That is the attitude we have had from the beginning. We have had one defeat in 13 [league games].
“It is the next test and the next challenge is can we go to the big places like the Old Trafford, the Emirates, Anfield and Stamford Bridge and get wins? That is not going to happen overnight. Probably on Wednesday will be the first step towards achieving that.”