Lawro predicts Everton to lose to Man UtdNews | admin | October 28, 2011 at 8:42 am
BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Everton will lose to Manchester United.
He told BBC Sport Online: “This is a huge game for Manchester United after they were beaten so heavily in last weekend’s Manchester derby, but they will be ready for it.
“United boss Sir Alex Ferguson essentially played his second string in their midweek win over Aldershot in the Carling Cup and one of the things we have learned from Ferguson down the years is that there is often a backlash after a bad defeat, so we should definitely expect a reaction here.
“Everton had a tough game against Chelsea on Wednesday, losing in extra-time, and although they have a good record against United at Goodison Park in the last couple of years I think it is going to be very difficult for them to stop United from bouncing back with a win here.
“The Toffees beat Fulham last week but they had a run of tough games before that where they didn’t pick up any points and I cannot see them stopping a United side with something to prove.
“That cup defeat by Chelsea means that, when Everton boss Moyes celebrates his 10th anniversary as manager in March, he will have completed a decade in charge without winning a trophy.
“In the 1980s that would have been seen as a disappointing record but a lot has changed since then. Take away the top six in the Premier League, and you could say that success for the rest is about staying up.
“Money rules football and currently it is almost impossible for Everton to compete with the leading clubs financially. For them to consistently be in that group between the bottom 10 and the top six is an achievement, and for Moyes to have managed four top six finishes in that time is outstanding.
“Moyes has made very few bad buys, brings young players through and has constructed a strong squad. I cannot understand why some Everton fans criticise him.