Manchester United vs Everton
Barclays Premier League, Matchday 14
Wednesday 4th December, 2013
19:45 KO BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
David Moyes ahead of the game with his former club: “I’m not an emotional person and, in truth, I’d rather just get on with the game. The job is to keep going, keep winning and keep on a good run of form.”
Phil Jones misses the game through suspension – the 20-year-old collected his fifth domestic booking of the season in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Sunday.
Robin van Persie could return after missing the last three matches with a groin injury.
“Robin is okay… He has a chance of playing,” David Moyes said on Tuesday.
Michael Carrick remains out with an Achilles injury.
With Carrick and Jones unavailable, and Tom Cleverley completely anonymous against Tottenham, Marouane Fellaini could come into the side and face his former club.
Rested at White Hart Lane, and on the back of an impressive performance in Leverkusen, Ryan Giggs could be recalled to the starting XI.
David de Gea is the only player to have started all thirteen of the Reds’ fixtures thus far.
It will be United’s fourth game in ten days, so David Moyes may decide to shuffle his pack ahead of another home fixture against Newcastle on Saturday.
Predicted line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Fellaini, Giggs, Young, Rooney, van Persie
Home record: P6 W3 D2 L1 F8 A5 Pts11
Home form: D W L D W W
Home record vs Everton: P91 W51 D22 L18 F157 A87
Manager Roberto Martinez: “Old Trafford is a difficult place to play your football, and I think that’s what we’re really looking forward to – to being ourselves and competing against the champions.”
Everton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Old Trafford.
Leighton Baines remains out with a toe injury.
Arouna Kone and ex-United midfielder Darron Gibson are their only over absentees.
“We had no knocks at the weekend, no problems and that was really positive. We’ve got a full squad ready for Wednesday,” Martinez said.
Everton come into the game on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 home win over Stoke.
Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka have started all thirteen of the Toffees’ Premier League fixtures so far.
On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has scored 8 goals in 8 starts this season.
Predicted line-up: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku
Away record: P6 W2 D3 L1 F8 A7 Pts9
Away form: D D W L W D
Last five meetings at Old Trafford
United 2-0 Everton (10-02-13)
United 4-4 Everton (22-04-12)
United 1-0 Everton (23-04-11)
United 3-0 Everton (21-11-09)
United 1-0 Everton (31-01-09)
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
The 42-year-old official has taken charge of 9 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 25 yellow cards and awarding 3 penalties. He has yet to send a player off. Was last seen by United fans for the 0-0 home draw with Chelsea in the second game of this season.
Assistants: S Burt, H Lennard.
Fourth Official: Robert Madley.
Should he feature, Ashley Young will make a 50th league appearance for Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney is one goal away from having scored 150th league goals for Manchester United.
United have won 16 of 21 Premier League encounters with Everton at Old Trafford.
Everton’s last Old Trafford win came in the first Premier League encounter between the two sides in August 1992.
United have scored more goals against Everton (84) than against any other Premier League side.
Everton have allowed fewer shots on target against them away from home than any other league side this season (16).
Wayne Rooney has been directly involved in 59% of United’s league goals this season – 8 goals, 5 assists.
Romelu Lukaku is one of three players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United (along with Dirk Kuyt and David Bentley).
Everton have dropped 7 points from winning positions this season – the joint-highest number in the division.
Score prediction: United 2-1 Everton