Manchester United will return to Premier League action this Saturday lunchtime as we take on Everton at Old Trafford. The match kicks off at 12:30PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on BT Sport with coverage starting at 11:30AM. The Red Devils lie fourth in the league table, one point behind current leaders Liverpool. Our opponents Everton are in fifth spot level on points with us ahead of this weekend’s clash.
Ronaldo To The Rescue in Europe
There was a lot of pressure on United to pick up a win in our Champions League game against Villarreal on Wednesday evening. It appeared it was going to be a frustrating night for us as our Spanish opponents certainly had their opportunities to put United away.
They had taken the lead in the 53rd minute through Paco Alcacer. Alex Telles’s beautiful strike from outside the box from Bruno Fernandes’s free-kick levelled it up for us. The match looked liked it was heading for the draw but in the 95th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal to send the Old Trafford faithful into wild celebrations. The victory was crucial for United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær considering we had lost our opening Champions League game against Young Boys.
A Good Start To Our League Campaign
In the context of things, we have made a good start to our Premier League campaign as we have 13 points from our opening six matches. We had suffered a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend from Kourtney Hause late header. Though, United had the chance to equalise in injury time through Bruno Fernandes’s penalty, which was subsequently missed.
We will want to get another three points on the board this Saturday as we head into the international break after this fixture. The Red Devils will face a number of our rivals across October and November and so a win against Everton will bring much needed confidence.
Manchester United Team News
For United, we will still be without the services of both Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo through injury. Club captain, Harry Maguire will not return until after the international break after picking up a calf injury against Aston Villa. Luke Shaw missed the game in midweek against Villarreal through a muscular problem. However, he is expected to be fit in time to return to the starting eleven. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is available again after his suspension only applies to European games
Victor Lindelof is expected to remain in the heart of the defence alongside Raphael Varane. There could be changes in the midfield with Nemanja Matic and Fred coming back into the side. This could mean Jadon Sancho drops to the bench as Paul Pogba is moved out to the left. Edinson Cavani is pushing to be in the starting eleven having been a substitute in our previous two games.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; Matic, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba, and Ronaldo.
Everton had been beaten by Manchester United 4-0 in a pre-season game before the league campaign started. This had left their fans wondering how their upcoming season will turn out for them. The appointment of Rafa Benitez as manager certainly proved controversial, given he had managed their local rivals, Liverpool. He has certainly produced some good results so far as the Toffees have won four, drawn one and lost one in their opening six Premier League games.
They had suffered a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on September 18th. The Toffees were then knocked out of the League Cup by Queens Park Rangers days later. Last weekend, Everton recorded a 2-0 win at home over bottom of the table Norwich City.
They have not recorded an away victory at Old Trafford since December 2013. Three of the last five matches have all ended in draws. Whilst, United have not beaten Everton at home in the league since October 2018.
Everton Team News
For our opponents, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is expected to return to the lineup following his shoulder injury. The Toffees are without a number of players including Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman and Richarlison. It is likely that manager Rafa Benitez will name the same side that played against Norwich City. Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray will support Salomon Rondon in the attack.
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- Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park in 2019 is their only loss in the past 14 meetings in all competitions. (source: BBC Sport).
- Bruno Fernandes has scored in all three Premier League appearances against Everton. (source: BBC Sport)
- Paul Pogba has recorded a league-high 15 shots without scoring this season. However, Pogba has provided seven assists, more than double the tally of any other player. (source: BBC Sport)
United did struggle at points during the Villarreal game midweek and so we will want to put in a better performance. Everton is without a number of key players in their squad. The Red Devils will be hoping to take advantage of this and come away with all three points before we head into the international break.
Manchester United 3-0 Everton