Manchester United vs Everton: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Wayne Rooney returns to Old Trafford for the first time tomorrow, with his Everton side hoping to bounce back from their Europa League horror show.
The Toffees suffered an embarrassing defeat against Atalanta in midweek that drew stinging criticism from manager Ronald Koeman. Everton’s task gets no easier this weekend, with a trip to face Manchester United for the second instalment of Super Sunday.
United are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have been in scintillating form under Jose Mourinho. Even at this early stage they look like potential title winners.
These two clubs have had contrasting fortunes to date.
With three victories and a draw, United have stepped up a level from last season where they finished sixth, 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea.
The signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton has solved their goal scoring problems, which had resulted in too many dropped points – particularly at home – in 2016/17.
Everton had begun with campaign with high hopes, but have only amassed four points from as many games.
Back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur suggests they are not yet ready to break into the top four.
United boss Mourinho is reeling from the news that the club’s record signing, Paul Pogba, has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. He could be replaced by Ander Herrera, while Marouane Fellaini is also pushing for a start following an impressive performance against Basel in the Champions League.
Koeman, meanwhile, could ring the chances in a bid to freshen up his starting XI, although United’s all-time record scorer Wayne Rooney is set to keep his place in the side and could partner youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been a shining light for the Toffees, in attack.
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Match prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Everton
United have regained their aura this season and will be favourites to maintain their 100 per cent home record. While the absence of Pogba is undoubtedly a blow, the Red Devils have incredible strength in depth. Everton have the capability to spring a surprise, as they showed against Manchester City last month, but their recent form is worrying.
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