Manchester United returns to Premier League action on Sunday evening, making the short trip to Merseyside to face Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park
United will be buoyed by their recent triumph in the Europa League on Thursday night, as a brace from Marcus Rashford and a goal from Anthony Martial ensured we took all three points against Omonia over in Cyprus.
As Ten Hag’s side returns to domestic action this weekend, in match three of nine in a busy October period.
Erik delivered an update on his squad following our triumph at the GSP Stadium, and while he sweats on the fitness of Raphael Varane for Sunday, the Dutchman ruled out Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissakafor the match against the Toffees.
Varane was withdrawn in our defeat at the Etihad Stadium and the boss explained during his pre-Everton press conference that Sunday’s trip to Everton may come too soon for the Frenchman.
Victor Lindelof made his first start of the 2022/23 campaign against Omonia on Thursday, and could continue alongside Lisandro Martinez in the heart of our defence this weekend.
Having bounced back from last Sunday’s 6-3 defeat against City, with the 3-2 win over Omonia on Thursday evening, the Reds will hope to build on positive start to life under Ten Hag in the Premier League.
Bidding to close the gap on the top-four, United currently sit 6th in the table, having amassed 12 points from our seven league games so far.
Anthony Martial has seemingly hit the ground running since his return to the side, finding the net three times in his last two appearances, and will no doubt be looking to add to his tally this Sunday.
Similarly, Marcus Rashford already has five goals in eight appearances so far this season, notching a double last time out against Omonia, off the bench.
Lampard’s Everton are enjoying a solid start to the new season, and currently occupy 11th place in the Premier League table.
Undefeated in their last seven outings, the Blues most recently came from a goal down to beat Southampton at St Mary’s just last weekend.
A goal for Conor Coady and a first for his fellow summer arrival Dwight McNeil ensured the points, with the side no doubt confident heading into Sunday’s encounter.
Troublesome forward, Anthony Gordon, tops the teams scoring charts so far this campaign, finding the net twice. Gordon produced the match-winning goal the last time the Reds met Everton, and United’s full-backs will have to be alert to stop the 21-year-old’s advances down either flank this time out.
The last time the Reds defeated the Toffees was in 2020, and Ten Hag’s side will bid to seek revenge following our 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park last season.
Gordon’s 27th-minute strike was enough to secure all three points for the hosts, with the scores ending level when we met in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial had given us the lead during the first half of that fixture, before Andros Townsend’s second half strike ensured a share of the spoils in M16.