Manchester United is set to host Everton tomorrow in Premier League as they continue their charge towards the league title. Manchester United stands at the second position on the table with 44 points in 22 games. Their rivals, Manchester City have extended their lead at the summit of the table to three points, with a game still in hand.
Everton’s solid start to the season continues as they hope to target a European spot. They hold the 7th spot on the table after accumulating 36 points in 20 games. A win for Toffees could take them to just one point below the coveted Champions League spot.
Manchester United enter this game with a lot of confidence after their 9-0 dominating win against Southampton. A second-minute red card to young Alex Jankewitz allowed the Red Devils to be completely ruthless.
Currently, Manchester United has scored the highest number of goals in the Premier League this season (46). They are followed by Liverpool (43). Speaking about confidence, Everton will fancy their chances in this clash. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have played well this season and are deservedly fighting for the European spots.
Everton is coming at the back of a 2-1 win against Leeds United. They are just four points from the fourth spot and even have two games in hand to play. Manchester United has been vulnerable at Old Trafford this season. Apart from their victories against Leeds United and Southampton, they have failed to impose the fear of Old Trafford into the minds of their opposition.
When and Where?
Manchester United will host Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League fixture on 7th February (01:30 AM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
Edinson Cavani hurt his ankle due to a poor tackle from Southampton’s Kayne Ramsay but Ole confirmed that the striker has regained his fitness. Phil Jones is still recovering from an operation he underwent last summer. Eric Bailly started on the bench against Southampton and is a doubt for this clash. Apart from them, everyone in the squad should be available.
Expected Line-up: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani
The two midfielders, Allan and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, are still nursing their injuries but the former has started training today. England international Jordan Pickford missed Everton’s game against Leeds United. Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that his number 1 goalkeeper would not be able to return for this big clash. Second-choice goalkeeper, Robin Olsen, will keep his place between the sticks after an impressive outing last time.
Expected Line-up: Robin Olsen; Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne; Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure; Alex Iwobi, James Rodriguez, Richarlison; Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Head to Head stats: Manchester United vs Everton
The two clubs will meet for the 204th time in their history. Man United has won 90 games whereas Everton has been victorious 67 times. In the reverse fixture this season, Toffees got an early lead through Bernard. But a double from Bruno Fernandes and a late strike from Cavani helped Red Devils to take all three points. In the last 10 Premier League games, Everton has defeated the Red Devils only once. This famous 4-0 came under the guidance of Marco Silva.
[Stat: The game against Everton will mark Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100 Premier League games as a manager. 82 of these games have come with Manchester United whereas 18 have come with Cardiff City.]
Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Luke Shaw is in the form of his life. Since the signing of Alex Telles, Shaw has taken his game to next level. His defending has been robust and his contribution in the final third has grown massively. He has created the second-highest number of chances for a defender in the Premier League this season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
The 23-year old striker is one of the best number nine this season. In 19 Premier League appearances, he has scored 12 goals. He will be hoping to receive more crosses into the box. Manchester United has not been great in defending set-pieces and Calvert-Lewin can be a real threat in this department.
The 12TH Man Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Everton
Even though Man United are coming after running riot against Southampton, they still might have to dig deep against Everton. The Toffees have a knack to score goals with the creativity they possess in the squad. We are still backing Manchester United to win so that the title race remains attractive to watch.