Duncan Ferguson has frequently been a problem for United

Duncan Ferguson will manage Everton against Manchester United on Sunday, the club’s official website confirmed this week.

On the back of securing an impressive win in his first game in interim charge against Chelsea, Ferguson will get the chance to lead the Toffees again.

The Scotsman had a fantastic record against United as a player for both Everton and Newcastle and has the opportunity to torment them again this weekend.

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How good was Ferguson’s record vs United?

Ferguson was the typical target man striker during his playing days; more than a match for any defence.


He played for two clubs who were more than capable of raising their game to trouble United even in their heyday – Ferguson first faced United in 1994/95 and played his last game against us in 2005/06.

Records via Transfermarkt show Ferguson got seven goals in 16 appearances against the Red Devils.

They included winning goals in two 1-0 wins for Everton and a double in a 2-2 draw and he was always capable of bullying the United backline.

The most recent was a winner at Goodison in 2005 in a miserable game which saw Paul Scholes and Gary Neville sent off.

Can he upset United again?

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Ferguson didn’t do anything especially clever or modern to beat Chelsea; he got Everton back to basics, working hard in a 4-4-2.

But it was successful and if United drop the intensity they’ve shown in their past two Premier League matches, Ferguson will make sure his side are primed to exploit it.

Everton were shaky under Marco Silva, but Ferguson’s new approach should make them more robust.

That puts the emphasis on United to break Everton down, something they have struggled with so far this season.

And in Richarlison, they have a dangerous forward who is bang in form, with a manager who knows a thing or two about scoring against United.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.