After victory at home against Aston Villa, Manchester United now face Everton in what is our penultimate home game of the season. With Everton’s resurgence in the 2nd half of the season, this has the makings of a difficult game. For the fans of Manchester United victory is expected as the club are hoping to close in on a record 20th league title.
Anderson and Paul Pogba have both been ruled out for the rest of the season. They shall play no further part. Michael Owen has returned to training however has also been ruled out of this game. He is expected to return to the bench in one of Manchester United’s 3 games that shall remain.
Likely XI: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.
Defeat to Wigan Athletic a week and half ago left Manchester United needing to recover if winning a record 20th league title is to be achieved. They did exactly that and in emphatic style beating Aston Villa 4-0 at Old Trafford. Before that defeat to Wigan Athletic, Manchester United were on a run of 8 straight league victories.
Everton’s main absentee is English left back Leighton Baines. He has been my left back of the season; a fantastic and consistent performer. His hamstring injury means that he is certain to miss out on selection. This bodes well for electric right winger Antonio Valencia who has been in fabulous form of late.
Likely XI: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Neville, Fellaini, Osman, McFadden, Gueye, Pienaar, Straqualursi.
Last weekend in the FA Cup, Everton lost 2-1 to their city rivals Liverpool. In their last 6 games in all competitions, Everton have recorded 4 victories and 2 defeats.
Head to head
This is one of many fixture that have largely been kind to Manchester United. Despite Everton taking some points off Man Utd at Goodison Park over the past couple of season, Man Utd have won all 5 of their last meetings vs Everton at Old Trafford. Manchester United have not lost to Everton at Old Trafford in the past 18 league meetings, a record spanning nearly 20 years.