Martyn told evertonfc.com: "Desperate times call for drastic measures - so let's hope we see the return of 'horrible, nasty' Everton this weekend.
"When you have games against the top four, you should really have the kind of mentality where you are looking forward to it and realise how great the opportunity before you really is."
Indeed, Martyn's career saw him help record several victories over top sides, and he insists it's a feeling that isn't easily matched.
"There is no better feeling than walking off the pitch with a result against a top side; victories over Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were among the highlights of my time at Everton," he declared.
"You have to be worried when United start scoring lots of goals, as that is a sign they are starting to click and, unfortunately, man for man, we are not going to be able to match them in terms of quality.
"What we can do, however, is match them for application, hunger and perspiration; we can tackle them, hustle and bustle them and be aggressive to the point that it distracts them; you know, the qualities that you would expect from an Everton side."