These two teams have battled in the FA Cup Final at Wembley twice in their history. Once in 1985, when Norman Whiteside curled a beautiful shot past the legendary Toffees keeper Neville Southall in extra time to lift the cup. They met again exactly ten years later when Paul Rideout’s scrappy goal was the difference even though most of the game was dominated by United and Everton had Southall to thank for the victory.
This time the teams meet one round prior, but whoever progresses would be favourites to win the trophy against whichever team progresses from the other semi-final featuring Watford and Crystal Palace.
Everton reached the FA Cup Semi-Finals after securing a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chelsea last month, while Manchester United required a replay win over West Ham to keep them in the tournament, and in search of some silverware to bring a much needed high to Louis Van Gaal’s first, and maybe only, season at Old Trafford.
Roberto Martinez is also under the spotlight as fans have started to voice their unease about recent performances and how a good start to the season has soured somewhat of late.
Everton have drawn the most games in the league with 14 from 33 games and have been a bit goal shy of late.
Both teams are likely to be edgy and conservative so expect a close game which could end in a draw or a single goal margin, as in their previous cup final meetings.