Manchester United return from our disappointing 1-2 loss at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday to face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
The players will have had little time to rest and prepare for the trip to the former Premier League leaders, who themselves have not been in action since their 1-2 loss away to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only injury issues come in defence where Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both ruled out, whilst Victor Lindelof is a doubt, having not travelled to Turkey midweek with a bad back.
Here is the team I expect to face Everton this weekend:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Dean Henderson started in the Champions League but I expect David de Gea to return between the sticks this weekend. The Spaniard hasn’t been playing too bad in recent games and remains Ole’s first choice.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
With Victor Lindelof not travelling with the rest of the squad midweek and with a short turnaround I would not be surprised to see the same starting back four from the Istanbul trip. This means Axel Tuanzebe partners Harry Maguire in the middle of defence. Luke Shaw is certain to start at left-back with Alex Telles self-isolating.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford
Scott McTominay and Fred are establishing themselves as regulars in this team and were rested midweek so I think they’ll start at Goodison Park. With Anthony Martial back from his suspension I think we’ll go back to the 4-2-3-1 formation, which doesn’t favour Paul Pogba. Bruno Fernandes has to be the first name on the teamsheet, whilst Marcus Rashford will go back to his left wing role. Juan Mata started down the right but Mason Greenwood should return there on Saturday.
Striker: Anthony Martial
Back from his three-match ban, Anthony Martial will lead the line versus Everton’s soft defence. The French striker scored midweek too so would be good to see him hit the ground running with a goal or two in this game.
Here’s how I think we’ll line up: