Everton boss Marco Silva fired a warning at Manchester United over his team’s strong home form ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
The Toffees, who have only won eight of their 17 home league games this season, will be put to the test against United this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who were eliminated from the Champions League mid-week, will be more desperate than ever to claim victory and keep hopes alive of a return to the competition next season by finishing in the Premier League’s top-four.
But Everton have proven themselves to be no pushovers at Goodison Park following victories over United’s top-four rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in their last two matches.
Therefore, Silva is feeling bullish over his side’s prospects of handing United a tough time this weekend.
“Even if we have big respect for Man United, with the quality they have, not just individual quality but as a team also, it’s up us playing at home,” said Silva, according to Sky Sports.
“I’m 100 per cent sure if we’re at our best level, we’ll be tough for them. I don’t have doubts about that.
“If we can reach the same level we played the last three home games, it will be really tough for them and it’s something I want, it’s my desire, our desire as a team, to see again at Goodison our team playing at that level.”
Like United, Everton go into the encounter with plenty to play for given that just a single point separates them from seventh-place Leicester City in the battle for ‘best of the rest’. Wolves and Watford are also in strong contention for the spot.
But Silva’s side will have to make do without Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes due to a three-match suspension after stamping on Aleksandar Mitrovic during their 2-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend.