COMMENT by Amir Mir
Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, looking to claim their first win since October.
Ronald Koeman’s side failed to win a game in November, losing two and drawing one, including being thumped 5-0 at Chelsea.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three players who will be key to the Merseyside club picking up a much needed three points against the Manchester club.
When the Belgian performs, so do Everton and that will be no different against United on Sunday.
He has scored seven goals in 12 Premier League games this term, but failed to find the net in November and it’s no surprise that the Toffees problems correlated with his dip in form.
Lukaku’s power and pace can be a threat to any English side on his day and if he turns up against United then their backline will be in for a long afternoon.
Right-back Coleman is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and his ability to defend and attack in equal measures will cause United problems.
First of all he will have to deal with the attacking threat from United, with either Rashford or Martial the most likely to start on the left, Coleman has the pace and defensive qualities to nullify their threat.
But his biggest asset is going forward and with left-back Luke Shaw a doubt for the weekend clash, Coleman will want to target that part of the pitch and supply the dangerous Lukaku with the service he requires.
One of United’s biggest threats will be their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has netted seven goals in 12 Premier League fixtures.
Ibrahimovic’s strength and movement will be the biggest cause of concern for the Toffees backline and centre-back Williams needs to be alert to his attacking threat.
The former Sweden international will look to bully defenders in the penalty area and Williams must not let the 35-year-old get the better of him, else he will be punished.
In other Everton team news, Thierry Henry has offered this piece of advise to Ross Barkley ahead of the clash against Manchester United.