In one of only three Premier League fixtures set to take place on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s upbeat Manchester United side will be looking to keep their winning run in the league going by beating visitors Everton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils haven’t lost in the league since the beginning of November and picked up two crucial victories against Tottenham and Manchester City in recent weeks.
The Toffees are also coming into this tie on the back of a motivating result against Chelsea. With Marco Silva now dismissed, Duncan Ferguson seems to have added some muscle to this Everton side, as the players absolutely worked their socks off against Lampard’s team last time around. Although they’ve been winning games, the fact that United are still a long way away from the complete package will come as a motivating sign to the Toffees followers.
Manchester United have been conceding a lot of possession to the opposing teams in recent weeks, even if the fixture is taking place at Old Trafford. Ole will hope that the continued involvement of Scott McTominay in the middle of the park is the start of a new trend for the Red Devils. Meanwhile, the manager could be tempted to play young Mason Greenwood at some point on the night, as he proved once again in midweek that he has the quality to help this United side going forward.
Duncan Ferguson has added new life to the Everton players, having seen a much better performance from their star men in the win against Chelsea last time out. Richarlison had one of his most productive games ever against the Blues, and the likes of Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson did their parts too. The Toffees’ coach will be hoping that the attackers can pull off another shocker against United at Old Trafford.
Nemanja Matic returned from injury to play his first piece of action since October in the Europa League in midweek, coming as a positive sign to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Centre-halves Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are both unavailable as well. Jesse Lingard remains a doubt while Paul Pogba is on the final stages of his road to recovery.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Pereira, Rashford; Martial.
The injury to Theo Walcott has come as a gutting blow to the Toffees, as they will already be without Morgan Schneiderlin due to a knock. While Seamus Coleman could return to the squad, we expect him to do with a place on the bench. Also, Yerry Mina could be fit to start, while French full-back Lucas Digne is set to undergo a late fitness test in the week.
Predicted 4-4-2 Everton Lineup: Pickford; Sidibé, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Delph, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Marcus Rashford has been at the heart of everything positive that this United team has produced ever since the start of the campaign, and that trend is expected to continue as well. His influence in an attacking sense cannot be underplayed, while Anthony Martial will need to step up to the plate with goals as well.
Brazilian youngster Richarlison has scored four goals in the last five Premier League fixtures and will be looking to the run of form going into this tie at Old Trafford. Although the Toffees are under new managership, there will be no shortage of opportunities for the talented youngster to show his quality during the match.
The home side are being tipped at a massive 4/5 to take the win against the Toffees, with Marcus Rashford the favourite to open the scoring at a rate of 14/5. An Everton win meanwhile, can be backed at odds of 7/2, making for a decent option.
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