By Aramide Oladipo

BBC pundit Danny Murphy believes that Everton manager Ronald Koeman should consider starting Kevin Mirallas and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to improve the team’s attacking threat.

Both forwards were left on the bench in the 4-0 defeat against joint Premier League leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Toffees created two great chances through summer signings Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second-half but they were both brilliantly denied by United goalkeeper David de Gea.

The result means that the Merseyside club have failed to score a single in their last three matches in all competitions.

Analysing their performance against United on the BBC Sport website, Murphy is confident that they can improve in the upcoming weeks but he feels that they need to change their approach and add pace to the starting lineup.

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“Everton were set up as a counter-attacking team, but that never really happened for them because they did not start with players who had the pace to make it work,” he said.

“Their options when they did break were so limited.

“Wayne Rooney, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all good footballers – but they are not quick.

“Everton did not have runners in wide positions busting a gut to get upfield, or a centre-forward who could stretch the pitch.

“Koeman has got fast legs in his squad, in the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but they both started on the bench at Old Trafford.

“So there might have to be a different way for Koeman to play, if he is going to stick with the same personnel.

“Everton played some good football against United and any tweak in team selection and style might mean that they do not keep the ball so well.”

Calvert-Lewin started the opening two Premier League matches for Everton and he produced some excellent display, contributing with two assists this season.

Mirallas has only played two league matches  for the Toffees in the league this season but he has failed to provide a goal or an assist in his six appearances in all competitions.

Both forwards could feature as Everton host Championship side Sunderland in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

In other Everton news, Sky Sports pundit slams the club for summer transfer activity.

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