Schneiderlin: Everton can catch Manchester United, Liverpool

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Morgan Schneiderlin is aiming high (albeit not too high).

Everton’s new midfielder has been part of a rich run of form for the Toffees, who have not lost in the Premier League since Dec. 19’s Merseyside Derby setback.

Schneiderlin arrived from Manchester United for $29.2 million on Jan. 12, and he debuted with a 25-minute shift in Everton’s memorable 4-0 throttling of Manchester City.

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Now seventh, the Toffees are five points back of Manchester United and six behind Liverpool. Everton plays both in a four-day span between April 1-4, so it’s realistic to consider an even more impressive run.

Speaking to a group of supporters at a season ticket event, Schneiderlin asked why the Toffees shouldn’t be dreaming of the Europa League. From Sky Sports:

“We want to finish high and catch the teams above us,” he said.

“Liverpool are six points clear, Manchester United are five – so why not? We can catch them if we had a good run of games. We need to finish strong so we want to give the fans Europa League football for next season and build a platform.”

Catching Liverpool seems likelier than United right now given all three teams’ forms, and there are five matches before the back-to-back against their Top Six rivals. Do you think the Toffees will catch one or both?