By Matt Farr
Everton defender Seamus Coleman has called for his teammates to rally together when they face Manchester United on Sunday.
The Toffees have hit a poor patch of form and have won just one of their last nine games in the Premier League, while manager Ronald Koeman has been criticised for tactical stubbornness.
They came under fire for their below-par performance against Southampton on November 27, and were on the wrong end of an emphatic 5-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea earlier in the month.
However, Coleman has backed his side to turn things around at Goodison Park on Sunday. Everton have been better in front of their home support, drawing two and winning one of their last three home fixtures.
He told Evertontv: “The way things are going at the minute, we just want to get out there and put things right. At the end of the day, you can say all of the right things but you have to go out and do it on the pitch.
“It is going to be a tough game against Manchester United, but we have to go out and perform and do so for 90 minutes – not for 45.
“We can take confidence from the home record. The home form has been good. If we beat United on Sunday, we go above them in the league.
“We have to look forward, do the right things and when we come off that pitch we have to be able to look in the mirror. There have been some games recently where we have been nowhere near good enough.”
Everton can draw confidence from the fact that United have not been in the best form themselves. They have also made a below-par to the season, winning just five of their opening 13 league games.
As Coleman states, beating United could see the Toffees leapfrog them into sixth place; however, defeat could see as many as four sides overtake them.
Koeman’s side are also set to face rivals Liverpool and Arsenal before Christmas, so it’s fair to say that it’s a season-defining month for the Merseyside club.
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