Manchester United vs Everton
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday; April 3; 2016
Kick off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Andre Marriner
Manchester United hosts Everton on Sunday at Old Trafford. After the international break, the Red Devils will be looking to build on the encouraging derby win over Manchester City last time out. Results permitting, a win could see the Reds leapfrog West Ham United and City into fourth place in the BPL table and put Louis van Gaal’s side in a prime position to secure Champions League football for another year.
Everton were appalling against Arsenal before the international break and the continued absence of Gareth Barry could prove problematic for them here once again. Roberto Martinez’s side have hugely underachieved this season and they are currently closer to the bottom three (12 points) than they are to the top-four (13 points), where they should be battling.
Man Utd’s Premier League record: P30– W14– D8– L8
Everton’s Premier League record: P29– W9– D11– L9
Man Utd’s Recent form (All competitions): W-D-D-L-L
Everton’s Recent form (All competitions): L-W-L-W-W
Head to Head Stats(Last 6 matches):
EPL 17-10-2015 Everton 0 : 3 Manchester United
EPL 26-04-2015 Everton 3 : 0 Manchester United
EPL 05-10-2014 Manchester United 2 : 1 Everton
EPL 20-04-2014 Everton 2 : 0 Manchester United
EPL 04-12-2013 Manchester United 0 : 1 Everton
EPL 10-02-2013 Manchester United 2 : 0 Everton
Man Utd team news:
- Wayne Rooney is due back in training but won’t be fit enough to face off against his boyhood club. Luke Shaw is also expected to return to first-team training for the first time since he broke his leg against PSV in September and could even make an appearance before the end of the season. Not here, however.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger’s season is over after he re-injured his knee in training with Germany during the international break.
- Cameron Borthwick-Jackson featured for the England Under-19s during the international break and is available for selection here.
Everton team news:
- Gareth Barry’s presence in midfield was sorely missed for Everton in their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break and he will still have to watch from the stands as he continues to serve his suspension.
- Mo Besic was awful in his absence and hauled off at half time in that defeat and he may not start here as a result.
- Romelu Lukaku has happy memories at Old Trafford and he will be even more motivated to impress with reports suggesting he could be a Manchester United player next season.
- John Stones has recovered from a knock picked up in the international break and is fit to feature against United.
Everton predicted starting line-up: Joel; Baines, Jagielka, Funes Mori,Coleman; McCarthy, Besic, Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Darmian, McNair, Rojo, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Varela, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Depay, Martial, Rashford.
Everton (from): Howard, Joel, Stanek, Baines, Coleman, Funes Mori, Galloway, Hibbert, Holgate, Jagielka, Oviedo, Stones, Barkley, Barry, Besic, Cleverley, Gibson, Lennon, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone, Lukaku, Niasse, Rodriguez.
Match facts (via Opta):
- After winning just four of the first 40 Barclays Premier League meetings with Manchester United (W4 D7 L29), Everton have won four of the last seven (W4 L3).
- The Red Devils have conceded just seven goals in their last 14 league outings at Old Trafford.
- Everton have lost just one of their last 14 top-flight away matches (W6 D7 L1).
- Romelu Lukaku is one of only four players to score a hat-trick against Man Utd in the BPL (Dirk Kuyt, David Bentley and Samuel Eto’o are the other three). He has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Everton in all competitions.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Everton