MATCH PREVIEW: Everton vs. Manchester United

Build Up

Manchester United look to right the ship as they travel to Goodison Park to play a similarly inconsistent Everton on Saturday. United are in 15th-place with seven points and have lost two in a row across all competitions and will be on short rest after losing to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey on Wednesday.

After a hot start that saw them finish October at top of the table, Everton have lost two matches on the spin and are winless in their last three contests. The Toffees have scored just one goal in their last two matches and have not picked up a point during Richarlison’s three-game suspension, so they will gladly welcome United this weekend.

Manchester United Team News

United have no real injury concerns outside of Alex Telles but the team is full of tired bodies. Which is expected from so many matches in a short amount of time. United have midweek goalscorer Anthony Martial back available after a three-game domestic ban, and he could start again ahead of Edinson Cavani upfront.

Mason Greenwood is expected to return to a front four which was otherwise at full strength in Istanbul, but Paul Pogba may have to settle for a place on the bench again, where he could be joined by Donny van de Beek. Victor Lindelof was left among the subs on Wednesday night due to a slight back problem, but he is expected to be fit for this match, while David de Gea should return in goal.

Alex Telles will need to return a negative coronavirus test before he is allowed to come back into the fray, while Eric Bailly remains sidelined and Jesse Lingard is a doubt after narrowly missing out in midweek. Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in six goals in his last four Premier League away games, scoring three and assisting three, but even he has to play second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes.

Opposition Watch

Everton are hoping to have James Rodriguez back available after he missed the defeat at Newcastle with a slight injury. Lucas Digne is also available once again after his three-match ban was reduced to one, but Richarlison is still suspended following his red card in the Merseyside derby last month.

Jordan Pickford was notably dropped to the bench last time out, although Ancelotti was quick to confirm after the match that he would return in place of Robin Olsen for this game. Andre Gomes limped off on the hour mark against Newcastle and will be assessed ahead of this match, while Seamus Coleman and his replacement at right-back Ben Godfrey are both doubts too.

Mason Holgate and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both remain sidelined, although they could be back available to Ancelotti before the end of the month. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will lead the line once again as he looks to add to his tally of eight goals in seven Premier League games so far this term.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

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