After Champions League defeat in mid-week, Manchester United face Everton in the Premier League as they look to maintain their hopes of a top-four finish.
Group EPL Goodison Park , Liverpool, England
Key Stat: United have lost five of their last seven games - the last time they endured such a run was in 2001.
Expert Verdict: Manchester United's drop in form has jeopardised their hopes of a Champions League spot for next season and they travel to face an Everton team who have beaten Chelsea and Arsenal in their last two home games. Marco Silva's side are frustratingly inconsistent, however, and United could snatch a win.
Morgan Schneiderlin could return from injury against his former team, but Yerry Mina will miss out with a thigh injury and Andre Gomes is suspended. Tom Davies could replace the latter, while Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma have been the preferred centre-back pairing in recent matches.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Joint-top goalscorer with 13 for the season, including one in the win against Chelsea, while he also has four assists.
Richarlison – His debut season at Goodison Park has seen him also score 13 for the season. Like Sigurdsson, his 13th arrived against Chelsea.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Has earned the regular starting spot up front after a decent goal return this season and good link-up with the three behind him.
A 2-0 defeat to Fulham ended Everton’s recent three-match winning streak, which had included home wins against Arsenal and Chelsea. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison scored in a 2-0 win against the latter, before Kurt Zouma and Bernard netted in another 2-0 victory at West Ham. Phil Jagielka scored the only goal of the game against Arsenal before the surprise defeat last weekend.
Defenders:Seamus Coleman, Kurt Zouma, Phil Jagielka, Lucas Digne
Defensive Midfielders:Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies
Attacking Midfielders:Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison
Luke Shaw, suspended for the Barcelona match in mid-week, is also suspended for this league fixture having picked up ten yellow cards. Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia are all ruled out injured and there could be some rotation as Solskjaer bids to manage fitness with matches against Manchester City and Chelsea to come.
Marcus Rashford – The England striker has scored 13 times so far this season, including some vital winning goals.
Romelu Lukaku – The former Everton striker returns to Goodison Park having remained inconsistent for United but, on his day, he is still a clinical striker.
Paul Pogba – His two penalties against West Ham saw him move to 17 goals and ten assists for the season.
Manchester United have lost five of their last seven games, with their only two wins both coming at home – 2-1 victories against Watford and West Ham, respectively. Paul Pogba scored two penalties in the win against the latter last weekend, but United lost 1-0 and 3-0 either side to Barcelona in the Champions League. They also lost their last league away game, 2-1 at Wolves.
Goalkeeper:David de Gea
Defenders:Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young
Midfielders:Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba
Forwards:Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard
Manchester United have not lost to Everton since April 2015, winning six and drawing two of the last eight meetings. It takes them to 88 wins in total in this fixture, with 43 draws and 69 Everton victories. United won both games last season and, this year, goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial earned a 2-1 win at Old Trafford – Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring Everton’s reply from the spot.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Oct 28, 2018: Manchester United 2-1 Everton
Jan 01, 2018: Everton 0-2 Manchester United
Sep 17, 2017: Manchester United 4-0 Everton
Apr 04, 2017: Manchester United 1-1 Everton
Dec 04, 2016: Everton 1-1 Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stunning start as Manchester United manager has come to a shuddering halt and he is now enduring a run of form worse than anything David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho suffered.
They need to get back on track immediately but they now face an Everton team against whom they have a brilliant record.
However, Everton have kept clean sheets and taken seven points in their last three home games – against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
This will be no walk in the park for United and, given their poor form, it could be another slip-up in their fight for a top-four place.
Nevertheless, Everton are also inconsistent and difficult to back as a result. Their defeat to Fulham last weekend proved as much.
Yerry Mina’s absence at the back, and Andre Gomes’ suspension in midfield are two big blows for Everton.
United could therefore take advantage and get back on track – just in time for their next two games, against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Manchester United are favourites to beat Everton, but their poor recent form means you can back them at 13/10 with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway, 10Bet and 888sport.
United have been vulnerable defensively even when winning lately, however, and both teams to score has been set at 4/6 with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair and 10Bet.
United to win and BTTS will return a best price of 7/2 with Betfair and over 2.5 goals has been set at 10/11 by Bet365 and Betfair.
Marcus Rashford is a best price of 2/1 to score at any time with Betway and Ladbrokes, while Paul Pogba is 12/5 with Bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power and 10Bet.
Though Manchester United’s form has dipped of late, while Everton have impressed at home, the Toffees remain inconsistent. United need a win to keep themselves in the hunt for Champions League qualification and, with a good record in this fixture, they should get it.