Following the victory in the Manchester derby, the hopes of Manchester United has been raised as the team is just a point away from Champions League qualification.
After the International break, Manchester United resume against Everton in the English Premier league. The match proves to be one of the biggest tests for Louis Van Gaal. The victory against Liverpool, Arsenal and recently Manchester city has transformed the poor run the red Devils started with.
However, with the wins, the results that followed blemished it. After the victory against The Reds, they lost to Southampton. After the win against Arsenal, the red Devils lost again against West Brom. This match against Everton is a must win to keep the UEFA champions league qualification hopes alive.
On the other hand, Everton has been inconsistent this season. The Roberto Martinez led team is just 12 points clear the relegation zone with seven matches to go. The team has put 51 goals past the net but has also conceded a whopping 41 goals due to the troubled defense in place.
The Toffees are also in the race for the FA Cup. They would meet either of Manchester United or West Ham in the semi-finals. The Europa League qualification seems like a long shot but a win in the FA Cup and a strong finish in the top ten would mean a great season for the team. These achievements would also help retain talents such as Ross Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku as they are transfer targets this summer based on decent performance.
If Manchester United pass this tough test, they would meet with current second place team in the EPL, Tottenham Hotspurs next weekend. That will surely be a bigger test but the confidence from a victory against Everton will prove vital against the White Hart Lane squad.