Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Old Trafford boss was full praise for Evertonâ€™s consistent form this season and, in particular, the job David Moyes has done during his 11 years in charge of the Blues.
The 71-year-old said: "[There's also] players like Steven Pienaar, whoâ€™s been really good since he came back from Spurs. Heâ€™s actually improved since he came back from his short spell at Tottenham.
"Nikica Jelavic had a great season last season and is in a bit of a lull at the moment in terms of his goals. Now theyâ€™ve brought the big lad on, Victor Anichebe, and heâ€™s a different player to Jelavic.
"You also look at the experience and consistency theyâ€™ve got at the back with Sylvain Distin, Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Phil Neville. They play every week so theyâ€™ve got a good unit there.
"David Moyes has made gradual progress because when he first took over I donâ€™t think he had any money to spend, I donâ€™t think he had a squad anything like what he has now."