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'A handful': Man United star knows just how good Everton man is

Sam Preston February 5, 2021
Everton v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter Final
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Everton travel to Old Trafford tomorrow night to face Manchester United looking to extend their run of four Premier League away wins.

United won 9-0 against Southampton on Tuesday night, but they were up against ten men for almost the whole game.

Everton should offer more of a threat, not least because of the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front.

United captain Harry Maguire is an international teammate of Calvert-Lewin’s and told the club’s official website about how much of a threat the towering hitman can be.

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“Yeah, in the Premier League you play against different types of strikers week in, week out,” said Maguire.

“You know every striker is going to bring something different, and everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses.

“I know Dom from our time with England and he’s very physical and a handful, and we’ll need to be right on our game to keep him quiet.

“If we manage to do that, it will be a big part for us in, hopefully, taking steps towards the victory.”

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Maguire’s aerial prowess means he will hope to keep Calvert-Lewin quiet on that front at the weekend.

But the Toffees hitman can trouble United with his pace and ruthless finishing in the box.

It’ll be an intriguing game but Everton won’t be overawed and should fancy their chances of containing United before countering on them.

A win would be a huge boost to their top four hopes, getting them in position to overhaul United if they win their two games in hand.

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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.