Match Day Predictions: Manchester United vs Everton (28th Oct)

by The United Devils
27th Oct 2018

After an unlucky last minute equaliser from Ross Barkley and a stale performance against Juventus in the Champion's League, Manchester United will now host Everton. They are aiming to get back to winning ways, tracking back to the 3-2 win against Newcastle.

Everton pulled off their own dramatic win as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun proved the difference against Crystal Palace on Sunday. They have won three league games on the bounce with victories against Fulham, Leicester and Crystal Palace and will certainly aiming to snatch something from United, whose home record this season is poor.

As for team news: Jose Mourinho is not happy about how some of his players were treated by their international managers, saying that Sanchez, Fellaini, Dalot and McTominay, who all suffered injuries during international duty, should have been taken home or left in Manchester so that United could manage their injuries and see how long they would be out for, much like how Gareth Southgate dealt with Luke Shaw. Jose also discussed Alexis Sanchez's poor form; blaming the Chilean’s injuries (one after the Leicester game and another playing for Chile) he confirmed that Sanchez will not be fit for the Everton game. Jesse Lingard will also be benched, however his fitness is improving so he could yet feature against Bournemouth on the 3rd. As for Everton, Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy are both back in training, but it is unlikely that they will start this game as both were suffering from long-term injuries.

Lukaku is a different story. Despite his goal drought (8 games!) and drop in confidence Mourinho wants him to play against his former club.

Some United fans have been calling for Lukaku to be benched and even replaced by Argentine striker, Mauro Icardi. I would like to remind these same fans of how they complained about Rashford's lack of composure in front of goal and begged for Lukaku to start the FA Cup final last season. He had a similar drought last season and he bounced back to score 27 goals in all competitions. He has all the attributes to be a truly complete striker, but he was starved of service at times against Juventus, with Mata forced to drop deeper and counter-attacks starting slowly and broken apart with ease.

This could be an easy game if United do what needs to be done: press Everton in parts of the pitch where it is worth pressing and counter with fast passing and slick play. They have the ability to do it, but actually doing it is another thing entirely. Mata and Pogba will be pivotal in this; they need to play the ball wide to Rashford and Martial who can cause a lot of trouble to Digne and Coleman respectively. Everton's defenders aren't as good as the stats imply and if United turn up the heat this could be a four goal haul. 

PREDICTED LINE-UP: De Gea, Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku

PREDICTED SCORE: 3-0 to United

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