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DAVID MOYES is poised to enter Old Trafford this evening without Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini - but insists his team selection won't be influenced by the forthcoming FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

Both Cahill and Fellaini are major doubts for Everton's trip down the East Lancs Road to take on league leaders Manchester United.

Cahill hobbled off towards the end of Wednesday's 1-1 home draw with Arsenal although scans later revealed the Australian had suffered nothing more than heavy bruising to his right foot.

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DAVID MOYES must try to plot a way past the Premier League's meanest goalkeeper tonight - with even his emergency strikers now falling victim to the club's injury curse.

With frontline forwards Yakubu, Louis Saha and James Vaughan already injured, the Blues boss now faces losing Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini - the men who have deputised so effectively - at Old Trafford tomorrow.

"They are major doubts," admitted Moyes.

"Tim has a bruised foot and Marouane got a stud through his shin on Wednes- day and neither of them have trained.


IT is easy to be magnanimous after getting something you scarcely deserve but there is something significant when Arsene Wenger adopts that frame of mind.

Arsenal's manager is not the type of person to liberally dish out praise if his team have been outpointed and, usually, he will find a gripe with the opposition's playing style, a referee's performance or an intimidating crowd.

But, on Wednesday evening, Wenger could not have been more complimentary about Everton after a pulsating game ended with Robin van Persie's howitzer freeing Arsenal from jail.


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TIM HOWARD has turned Edwin van der Sar's remarkable run of clean sheets for Manchester United into a positive.

"At least they got rid of me for a legend!" he laughs.

Everton travel to Old Trafford tomorrow seeking to become the first team to pierce United's rearguard in the Premier League since Samir Nasri did it for Arsenal on November 8.


WE are halfway through the most intensely testing and gruelling run of fixtures in this season's Premier League calendar - and it's so far, so good.

Some supporters bemoaned our luck in midweek against Arsenal, but everyone knows it's a 94 minute match these days and you have to give The Gunners credit for their perseverance.

I don't know if it's just a perception or an acknowledged fact, but there seem to have been more late goals in matches everywhere this season.

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ALEX Ferguson does not feel David Moyes is getting the recognition he deserves for again steering Everton into the Premier League's top six.

Over the past couple of weeks the Blues have held Liverpool at Anfield twice and were only denied a win over Arsenal by Robin van Persie's last-gasp equaliser at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Everton have also drawn with Chelsea and Ferguson's Manchester United side this season and head to Old Trafford tomorrow looking to maintain that impressive run.

GRAEME SOUNESS received a Manager of the Month award 17 years ago tomorrow.

Bruce Grobbelaar saved a penalty, too.

But it was Liverpool's old nemeses, Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise, who were celebrating on February 1, 1992, after Chelsea's first league win at Anfield for 57 years!

RE-UNITED . . . and it feels so good?

According to Peaches and Herb it did - but they should have listened to Phil Collins. If leaving is easy, coming back can be harder - as this week's top 10 underlines.


THE invincibles come up against the unbeatables at Old Trafford this evening. And David Moyes has warned Manchester United not to expect his Everton team to prove pushovers.

Moyes's men continue their journey of self-discovery with the fourth of their five-game schedule against the Premier League's traditional 'big four'.

So far, so good. Everton emerged from two trips to Liverpool unbeaten and were within moments of a well-deserved victory over Arsenal before Robin van Persie's heartbreaking injury- time equaliser.

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EVERTON will give man-of-the-moment Tim Cahill every chance to prove his fitness for the latest instalment of their big game trilogy.

The Blues' talisman scored the 100th goal of his career in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Arsenal but hobbled off late on following a collision with Johan Djourou.

Cahill underwent a precautionary scan yesterday to determine the extent of the damage to his right foot but it revealed nothing more sinister than heavy bruising.

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