Everton boss Marco Silva wary of threat posed by Romelu Lukaku despite Manchester United striker’s goal drought
- Marco Silva wary of threat posed by former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
- Manchester United striker Lukaku has gone eight games without finding the net
- Silva believes Lukaku could still cause problems for Everton at Old Trafford
Marco Silva is not taking the threat of Romelu Lukaku or Manchester United lightly as he leads his Everton side to Old Trafford targeting a fourth successive Premier League win.
The powerful former Everton striker has drawn a blank on his last eight United starts and his woes in front of goal have mirrored the Red Devils’ travails this season, with the club sitting 10th.
Everton are one point and two places better off courtesy of their recent hot streak, but Silva remains wary of how menacing United can be and is paying no attention to Lukaku’s goal drought.
Everton manager Marco Silva is wary of the threat posed by striker Romelu Lukaku
Silva believes Everton will face a tough challenge despite Manchester United’s struggles
‘Man United is always dangerous, always a very good team and always a strong side for all the opponents they can play against,’ the Everton manager said.
‘When you are talking about Lukaku, when a striker doesn’t score in the last games it is normal to criticise him, it happened the same with some of our strikers before.
‘But I think Lukaku and the Man United team have the quality to do the good things. We have to do everything that we can to achieve a good result and to stop them.
‘A good result for us is always thinking we can win the game.’
United boss Jose Mourinho has come under scrutiny for the club’s modest start to the campaign, yet Silva is convinced his fellow Portuguese can turn the tide.
Theo Walcott and Michael Keane in training for Everton ahead of the game against United
The Everton players including Leighton Baines were in good spirits during training
Left-back Lucas Digne controls the ball during Everton’s training session at Finch Farm
‘He’s a good friend, good man and a very good manager,’ Silva added. ‘For me it’s clear, Jose is changing nothing in his behaviour from what I can see.
‘I think he’s the same coach who brought fantastic success to Chelsea twice, did the same at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
‘Now it is a different challenge for him at Man United and he’s doing his best for sure to achieve what he wants.’
Everton have not won four in a row in the top-flight for more than two years but Silva insists the chance to do so will have no bearing on his game plan.
Mason Holgate (left) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin battle for possession in the intense workout
Midfielder Tom Davies looks to turn away from Beni Baningime during training
Talented attacker Ademola Lookman finds himself put under pressure by Yerry Mina
‘Nothing changes in our plan, in our week, because we can do the four in a row or not, we prepare all the weeks in the same way: to do our maximum and with a big ambition during the week to prepare well,’ he said.
Everton have no new injury or suspension concerns, a welcome relief for Silva after the start of his reign was blighted by issues to several first-team players.
‘Everything is OK,’ Silva said. ‘Finally everything is OK, all of them are OK.
‘It’s really important for me, it’s important for us as a squad, the competition is harder inside every day and it is what I want. In this way we can grow and get better every day.’
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