Everton vs Manchester United Match Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: 04/12/2016
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT


Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park on Sunday with both teams desperate to claim all three points.

Everton’s terrible run of form continued as they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton last weekend. The Toffees have just one victory in their last eight matches.

Likewise, Manchester United endured a frustrating time as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United. Despite dominating the game, the result saw the Red Devils fall further behind their rivals in the title race.

After those poor run of results, both teams need a victory when they square off against each other. This pressure makes for an intriguing match.

Everton Team News

Everton were handed a huge boost with James McCarthy passed fit for the clash although Ronald Koeman has yet to decide if he starts.

Koeman is likely to persist with his preferred backline of Coleman, Williams, Jagielka and Baines, in front of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

In midfield, Gueye, Barry and Cleverley are expected to start in addition to the attacking trio of Bolasie, Lukaku and Barkley. The Dutch manager has options with Mirallas, Valencia and Lennon to call on from the bench.

Manchester United Team News

Heading into the clash, Manchester United are without the suspended Wayne Rooney while Shaw and Smalling are doubtful.

David De Gea is a certain starter in goal, protected by a backline of Valencia, Rojo, Jones and Darmian.

In midfield Michael Carrick is likely to return alongside Herrerea and Pogba in the centre. The wide positions are expected to be occupied by Mata and Mkhitaryan, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line.

Probable Lineups

Everton: Stekelenburg; Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Coleman; Gueye, Barry, Cleverley, Barkley, Bolasie; Lukaku

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Valencia; Carrick, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic

Last Meeting
23/04/2016 FA Cup Semi-Final Everton 1 – 2 Manchester United
03/04/2016 Premier League Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton
17/10/2015 Premier League Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United

Manchester United claimed victory on all three occasions the two sides met last season. Repeating that feat is a tall order.

Heading into Sunday’s clash, it is difficult to ascertain the favourites for this one Both teams are struggling with form at the moment but United have been playing a bit better. While they might just have enough quality to emerge victorious on the day, it will be an exciting game. Over 5.5 goals is a common tip for this weekend’s game.

Everton 2 – 4 Manchester United