Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Everton will try a ‘different strategy’ in order to beat Manchester United ahead of the club’s trip to Old Trafford this weekend.
Everton face Manchester United for the third time this season having suffered defeats in both previous meetings, losing 3-1 in the Premier League before being eliminated in the EFL cup quarter-finals following a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
Ancelotti’s side have enjoyed a strong season so far and are just four points adrift of the Champions League places, though have two games in hand on the sides immediately above them and will be looking to boost their top four hopes with victory this weekend.
Ancelotti admits he will take a different approach to this weekend’s clash following his side’s previous defeats to the Red Devils, however, insisting he will head into the game with a ‘different strategy’ as he seeks a positive result.
“We played two games against Manchester United at home and lost both,” said Ancelotti at his pre-match press conference.
“There is something we have to change, for sure. If we follow the same way we played [in the Goodison games], we are going to lose. We tried to plan a different strategy and we will see how it works.”
Ancelotti says he will be looking to pose this weekend’s opponents ‘more problems’ than in past encounters but admits Everton face a difficult challenge against a ‘fantastic team’, before suggesting he will rotate his options as he seeks fresh impetus.
“The mental aspect is really important but we have to practically try to do something different – to create more problems than in the past games we played against them.
“United is a fantastic team, with a good mix between experience and talented young players. The players know it will be difficult but I hope it will be difficult for United to play against us.
“I am going to rotate other players, this is a normal way I have to manage my squad. To avoid injury and to give more motivation to others.”