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Marco Silva urges Everton to show no fear against Manchester United

• Everton have won five games at top-six clubs in last 10 years
• Silva also has poor record against Premier League elite

Marco Silva has said Everton must play with personality and without fear to improve their abysmal away record against the “big six” of the Premier League, starting with Manchester United on Sunday. Everton have won only five league games in the last 10 years at the homes of the leading pack in the Premier League, losing 34 and drawing 22 of 61 matches in total. Their most recent success away at a “big six” club was against United in December 2013 – the club’s only victory at Old Trafford in the last 26 years – while Everton have not won at Manchester City for eight years, Tottenham for 10 years, Liverpool for 19, Arsenal for 22 and Chelsea for 24. Silva stared long and hard at a list of those results that was presented to him on Friday, and asked if he could keep it afterwards, before insisting a combination of quality and character was required to improve Everton’s record from Sunday onwards.

The Everton manager said: “You cannot find one team in the Premier League who can win at a place like Old Trafford regularly. The word ‘regularly’ makes it sound easy to win. To be able to win one game at Old Trafford or at one of the other strong sides in the country you have to be strong as a squad. You have to have the personality and the character to not fear and to be yourselves.

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