Romelu Lukaku has begun this season where he left the last, by scoring goals for fun. On the final day of last season, his hat-trick was instrumental in the 5-5 draw at The Hawthorns that stopped Sir Alex Ferguson finishing his career as Manchester United manager with a victory and this year, he has already scored eight goals in the Premier League.
He is a 6″3 man mountain with devastating power, pace and strength that make him such a threat but when he comes to Old Trafford, there’ll be someone smirking and relishing the prospect of going up against him – Nemanja Vidic.
6″2 of Serbian steel, nobody loves a physical challenge more than Vidic and his personal battle with Lukaku is going to be crucial in how the game pans out this evening.
This season, Vidic has been fantastic. Dominant in the air and unrelenting in the tackle, he has been imperious. Aaron Lennon found that out the hard way on Sunday with a crunching tackle that may just be my personal highlight of the season to this date.
If anybody is going to be able to quash the threat of Lukaku, it is Vidic. He’ll need to rough him up and get in his head as he is undoubtedly Everton’s biggest threat going forward.
In the past, Vidic has thrived off the physical challenge that strikers pose to him and United need him to be at his very best to stop Lukaku.
United haven’t struggled to score goals having scored nine in the last three games but they have conceded four in the same time frame, so the onus will be on keeping a watertight and powerful defence against a confident Everton side with Lukaku.