Manchester United’s 4-1 win over West Ham United on Wednesday night was a much needed victory.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to overcome the same opponent three days earlier when the teams met in the Premier League. The EFL Cup semi-finals beckon in January as a result of the win, and a two-legged tie with Hull City, but United’s attentions will immediately snap back to league duties this weekend as they face a difficult trip to Goodison Park.
On to Goodison Park
Everton sit one point behind United in 7th place, and will fancy their chances of taking advantage of United’s Premier League inconsistencies.
Mourinho’s men have drawn their last four games at home, and haven’t won twice consecutively since September.
Wednesday’s win showed Mourinho has the tools to play attractive attacking football and Ronald Koeman will be wary of playing into United’s hands.
With that in mind, here’s how we think United should start on Sunday:
No surprises to see David De Gea in goal. The Spaniard was at fault for Ashley Fletcher’s goal on Wednesday night, spilling Dimitri Payet’s routine strike in front of the former United academy product. However, his form over the last few years gives him an immense amount of credit with fans and his playing colleagues.
The defence remains shows just one change: Matteo Darmian comes in for Luke Shaw on the left. The Italian has been Mourinho’s preferred choice in bigger games of late and there’s little reason to see any change in that.
Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo his go-to defensive partnership due to injuries with Antonio Valencia continuing at right back.
Midfield, however, is a tricky proposition.
While Michael Carrick’s value to United cannot be understated, Wayne Rooney’s suspension means a change must be made. We’ve gone for Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera behind the returning Juan Mata. The latter didn’t take part against West Ham while the Frenchman returns after missing Wednesday’s game through suspension.
Up front, Mourinho would do well to pick the same three that caused Slaven Bilic’s side so many problems.
Both Zlatan and Anthony Martial grabbed two goals apiece. It was especially enjoyable to see given the Frenchman’s troubles during his second season at Old Trafford.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan proved his worth to his manager, grabbing two assists. The Man of the Match award on Wednesday should be enough to earn him a start at Goodison Park.