Two teams in desperate need of the three points will face off for a key Premier League contest on Saturday afternoon, as Everton will welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park.
Everton’s relegation fears deepened on Wednesday when they lost 3-2 at fellow strugglers Burnley, while Manchester United saw their top-four hopes take a hit last weekend, dropping points at home to Leicester City in a 1-1 draw.
Everton has never been relegated to the Championship from the Premier League since 1951. But as unlikely as it would have sounded at the start of the season, they are embroiled in the battle to survive this season.
Frank Lampard’s men go into Saturday’s game on the back of two consecutive defeats and have lost four of their last five Premier League games. Things do not look good for Everton right now as they have a tough string of fixtures coming up.
After Manchester United, they will face Leicester City (home and away), derby-rivals, Liverpool, and Chelsea in a tough stretch of fixtures for the Toffees.
Meanwhile, Manchester United also failed to take the opportunity to close the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. They are still very much in the race for a top-four berth but will need to make the most of their chances from this point onwards. Ralf Rangnick’s men have games against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea before the end of the season. As such, it goes without saying that a win on Saturday is of utmost importance for the Red Devils as well.
Manchester United v Everton: Preview
Everton has won just 1 of their past 13 meetings with Manchester United. The Red Devils have recorded 37 Premier League wins over Everton so far. Interestingly, They’ve only won more against Tottenham Hotspur (38 wins).
Coming to Everton, only Brentford, Norwich City, and Watford have lost more home games than the toffees (7) this season. As of now, they are just one point above relegation, with some of the fans already chanting ‘Lampard must go’ slogans.
Manchester United v Everton: Team News
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back from illness to lead the line for Manchester United after missing out on the Leicester City game. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga are in competition to start on the right-wing. Harry Maguire started as the right CB against his former club and Rangnick may stick with that change here. Fred’s performances cement his place in the starting XI so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Paul Pogba dropped to the bench again.
As far as Everton is concerned, Frank Lampard recovers both Allan and Michael Keane from suspension for Saturday. Donny van de Beek cannot face parent club Manchester United because of his injury. Allan’s return may see Mason Holgate drop back into defense this weekend. Seamus Coleman was benched in defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night but should return here. Jonjo Kenny or Vitali Mykolenko will start at left-back for the Toffees.
Manchester United: Possible Lineups
Man United is expected to start with a 4-3-3 Holding formation with McTominay at CDM. Ronaldo is expected to come in the lineup at ST. Overall, United is expected to start with its strongest lineup.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Defenders: Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, and Diogo Dalot
Midfielders: Scott McTominay, Fred, and Bruno Fernandes
Forwards: Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Anthony Elanga
Everton: Possible Line-Up
Everton is expected to start with a 4-4-2 formation with Allan in midfield and Holgate dropping down to defense.
Goalkeeper- Jordan Pickford
Defenders- Vitaly Mykolenko, Robbie Keane, Mason Holgate, and Seamus Coleman
Midfielders- Alex Iwobi, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, and Anthony Gordon
Forwards- Dominic Calvert Lewin and Richarlison
Manchester United v Everton: Prediction
Manchester United is expected to win 2-1 in a thrilling contest with Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes scoring for Man United and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the solo strike for Everton.