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Rashford And Pogba To Start, Martial On The Bench | Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Everton

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United are in desperate need of a win when they lock horns with Everton on Friday. Following a fantastic 5-0 win over RB Leipzig last midweek, the Red Devils have lost two back to back matches, with their recent debacle coming against Istanbul Basaksehir, in a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of their Turkish opponents. So a win this weekend could be imperative as Man United try to push up the league table.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Everton

Defence

Following a long trip from Turkey, Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to shuffle his pack a little. Victor Lindelof is still struggling with a back problem, casting doubts over his availability on Saturday while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones remain out injured.

It could be an opportunity for Axel Tuanzebe to retain his place in the starting lineup, alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of the four-man backline.

Alex Tellas is theoretically available on Saturday, but he is having to deal with his fitness problems a little. Therefore, we might see Luke Shaw retaining his place at left-back, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank.

There could be a change in goal, however, with Dean Henderson making way for the in-form David de Gea.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Everton - These two are expected to start.
Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (L) shakes hands with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on July 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Fred was given a rest in midweek, even though he did travel with the team. The Brazilian is expected to return to the side, most likely at the expense of new signing Donny van de Beek.

Scott McTominay is also tipped to make his way back into the starting eleven, with Nemanja Matic returning to the bench. There could be a start for Paul Pogba as well, despite a poor performance against Arsenal last time out.

These three midfielders will operate at the base of Manchester United’s 4-3-1-2, looking to dominate the middle of the park, up against the dynamic trio of Allan, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Attack

Edinson Cavani was involved for 45 minutes in the game against Basaksehir. However, that is no indication that the Uruguayan will be ready to start this weekend. In fact, we might see him and Anthony Martial being dropped to the bench, in favour of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

That said, Solskjaer could use Martial as an option, as the Frenchman has now served his three-game suspension. Bruno Fernandes, meanwhile, is guaranteed to operate in the number ten role.

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