Everton manager Rafael Benitez says his team will look to combat Manchester United as a whole, rather than simply focus on Cristiano Ronaldo when the pair meet at Saturday lunchtime (Match Betting – Manchester United 1/2, draw 7/2, Everton 13/2).
The 36-year-old has been in sensational form since returning to Old Trafford, 12 years after initially leaving to join Real Madrid.
He has scored five goals in as many games, including two on his debut against Newcastle last month (Ronaldo 4/5 Anytime Goalscorer).
Ronaldo was also the matchwinner against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday as Solskjaer’s men got their first win of the group stages.
Now, CR7 and co face Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The pair are separated by goal difference going into the game and either could go top of the table albeit temporarily if they get a win (Premier League outright – Manchester United 10/1).
Benitez, who managed Ronaldo during his short stint at Real Madrid in 2015, says his Toffees players will not be given any special instructions to stop the Portuguese, while also praising his incredible professionalism.
“You cannot concentrate just on one player even when it is someone like Cristiano, because anyone of the others can score goals,” said the Toffees boss.
“I coached him at Real Madrid and he was one of the best professionals. Working hard, training well, taking care of his body. A real example as a professional.”
Everton are still likely to be threadbare up front with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin not yet ready to return after injury. Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes will also miss the trip to Old Trafford.
Benitez, originally an unpopular appointment with Toffees fans due to his past connections with Liverpool, has enjoyed a good start to life at Goodison Park, picking up 13 points from six games.