Both sides will put their Premier League form; good or bad, to one side as Everton and Manchester United eye a spot in next month’s FA Cup final, with both respective managers under pressure to deliver silverware come the end of the season.
The Toffees; who were thrashed 4-0 by Merseyside rivals Liverpool in midweek, have hit the headlines in recent days, with some reports suggesting boss Roberto Martinez must win on Saturday afternoon inside Wembley Stadium to save his job.
Meanwhile the Red Devils; who are currently two points behind arch-rivals Manchester City in the race for a Premier League top four finish with only four league games remaining, are expected to make a managerial change this summer, with ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tipped to succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Nonetheless; both sets of managers will boost their chances of job security come next month if they can guide their club to FA Cup glory, where Crystal Palace and Watford meet in the other last-four fixture on Sunday.
Overall the two Premier League outfits have been paired together 11 times in this competition, with Everton coming out on top on six occasions, whilst United have won five times.
But Van Gaal’s men have won three of the four most recent meetings (all in the league), winning both of this season’s encounters whilst keeping clean sheets.
Saturday’s match will be the 26th time Everton have reached the FA Cup semi-finals – a record only bettered by Manchester United and Arsenal (Both 28).
Top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku will be the Toffees’ biggest threat, with the Belgium international scoring in each of his five FA Cup appearances for Everton – netting an impressive six times.
Everton will be buoyed by the fact that today’s opponents have bowed out of the FA Cup in their last two semi-final appearances, which were against the Toffees back in 2009 and rivals Manchester City two years later.
In fact, the Red Devils haven’t won an FA Cup encounter at Wembley since beating Newcastle United in the 1999 final.
Everton recalled Matthew Pennington from his loan spell at League One Walsall due to a defensive crisis, with the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori adding to that cause after his red card against Liverpool.
Right-back Seamus Coleman (Hamstring) has been ruled out, whilst centre-half Phil Jagielka is struggling with a similar problem.
Midfielder Gareth Barry (Groin) will face a late fitness test.
Meanwhile United have no fresh injury worries or suspensions to deal with. Defender Chris Smalling is fit despite suffering a knock on Wednesday in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
League Positions: Everton – 11th (41 pts); Manchester United – 5th (59 pts)
Previous Meeting: Manchester United 1-0 Everton – April 3, 2016; Premier League
Form: Everton – LLDDDL; Manchester United – WWLWWW
Key Men: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Manchester United – Anthony Martial
Shoot Says: Everton 0-2 Manchester United