Friday 16 October 2015

Match preview: Everton v United

It's a rare traditional Saturday kick-off for the Reds in this one as we head to Goodison Park looking to get back to  winning ways and regain top spot as the Premier League returns after the international break. 

The trip to the blue half of Merseyside has not been nice for United in recent years- we've lost our last three matches there (1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 with three different managers) and have won there only once in seven outings. Fair to say we're due a win here.

The Toffees currently sit seventh in the table and have not lost since August- against City, and their recent home victory over champions Chelsea further proves what a difficult proposition a trip to Goodison can be. 

Whatever form they are in, the atmosphere is always intense and Roberto Martinez's well drilled and potent attacking outfit are a handful for any opposition on their day.

This will be another huge test for United (with a trip to Russia and the derby to come) and we cannot afford to start like we did at Arsenal. 

Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all fit to play despite missing the internationals, whilst Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo could feature.

Paddy McNair is unavailable after sustaining an abdominal injury and Ashley Young will also miss out with injury. 

United boss Louis van Gaal spoke of United's need to respond from Arsenal, and said:

"It cannot happen again, I will not accept for my team to play as we did, we want to be champions so we have to behave like champions and improve every time. 
"Everton has always been difficult, I remember from last year and Manchester United also lost there the year before as well I think so it shall not be easy but I am confident as I have seen the training sessions and the reaction of my players.
"It is a very heavy and challenging week so we have to be prepared for that, after an international break it is not easy." 

Match odds: Everton 9/4 Draw 12/5 United 11/8 (Bet365)
Form guide: Everton D W D W W D United L W W W W L
Referee: Jonathan Moss 

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