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Match Preview: United vs Everton

Evening Standard

With the Europa League done and dusted until February, the festive Premier League period begins as Everton come from Merseyside to Manchester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has rekindled his side’s mojo at Old Trafford, while a fellow club legend Duncan Ferguson has his Blues buzzing again.

The match is set to mark the 4,000th consecutive match that United have included an academy graduate in their squad – an unprecedented milestone.

Kick-off: 14:00

Venue: Old Trafford

Referee: Michael Oliver

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Position: 14th

Recent form: WLLLW

Top goalscorer: Richarlison [6]

Most assists: Lucas Digne/Djibril Sidibé [3]

Previous result: 3-1 Chelsea (Calvert-Lewin x2, Richarlison)

Opposition lowdown

All you needed to see last weekend was ‘Big Dunc’ running down the touchline, celebrating with ball boys and joining his team’s huddle as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his second to seal a stunning victory over Chelsea.

Marco Silva seemed to be a dead man walking until their Merseyside Derby demolition last midweek at Anfield, where he was finally dismissed.

David Moyes, Unai Emery and Carlo Ancelotti have all been mentioned amongst a wide satay of candidates but Ferguson will be wearing his club suit, armed with iconic sweatband in the away dugout this Sunday.

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Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Séamus Coleman – rib (day to day)
  • Fabian Delph – hamstring (day to day)
  • André Gomes – broken ankle (next season)
  • Jean-Phillip Gbamin – thigh (four weeks)
  • Yerry Mina – hamstring (day to day)

Expected lineup

(4-4-2) Pickford; Sidibé, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Schneiderlin, Sigurðsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Quote from the boss

“United are on the up at the moment and they are a very good team. It will be a big ask but I am sure we can give a good account of ourselves. I’d be on the roof if we get a win there. But we can do it and that’s what we’ll try to do.” – Duncan Ferguson

Next match: Leicester City [H] 18/12

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Four goals in just over 10 minutes from captain Ashley Young, Juan Mata and two courtesy of European specialist Mason Greenwood sent United into the round-of-32 as Group L winners on Thursday.

Sergio Romero earned his 31 clean sheet on his 50th appearance while Nemanja Matić returned from injury.

Solskjær has now got some real momentum heading into a hectic period and the players look to be fighting for him to keep his hands on the wheel.

The 4-0 loss at Goodison Park in April was arguably the Norwegian manager’s darkest day as boss, and this could well be his best period since.

With the 4k milestone approaching, Chief Executive Ed Woodward said in a press release: “The academy is huge part of who we are as a club and what we want to achieve.

“We ultimately want to develop young players who are talented enough to wear the Manchester United shirt. But we also want to develop good people.”

Injured Paul Pogba also told the club website: “Like I have said to a lot of younger players who have been with the first team, you don’t know how lucky you are to be honest.

“Take this luck, take this opportunity because it’s very important — I told the guys, ‘be ready’.”

Team news

After nine changes on Thursday, the starting XI looks set to revert to one more similar to the Manchester Derby and Tottenham Hotspur victories last week.

Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial were the only two to keep their places and are set to start,

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelöf are givens to return to the back line, but with three different left-backs used in the past trip of wins, that may be the most contentious position on the pitch.

Brandon Williams’ energy is exciting, but his rawness and youth still leaves a margin for error.

Young netted midweek, and his leadership qualities are invaluable, but Luke Shaw showed improvement at City last Saturday.

Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Eric Bailly – knee ligaments (back in training)
  • Diogo Dalot – knock (back in training)
  • Timothy Fosu-Mensah – knee (back in training)
  • Paul Pogba – ankle (day to day)

Expected lineup

(4-2-3-1) De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Lingard, Rashford; Martial

Quote from the boss

“The challenge for us now is when a team plays a different way against us. I’m sure the last few games and results have given us the kick up the backside that we need.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Next match: Colchester United [H] 18/12

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– Marcus Rashford vs Djibril Sidibé

– Scott McTominay vs Gylfi Sigurðsson

– Victor Lindelöf vs Richarlison


  • United have won 36 of their 54 Premier League games against Everton (D9 L9), more than any side has won against another in the history of the competition
  • Everton have won just one of their last 26 Premier League away games against Man Utd (D5 L20), winning 1-0 at Old Trafford in December 2013
  • The Red Devils are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since winning their first six under Ole Gunnar Solskjær back in January
  • The Toffees beat Chelsea in their last Premier League match, and are looking for back-to-back victories in the competition for the first time since winning three in April; a run which began with a home victory over Chelsea

Enjoy the match!

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