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Preview: Everton v Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup 2015/16

Old Trafford, Manchester

Emirates FA Cup 2015/16

Saturday 23rd April 2016, KO 17:15 BST Live on BBC One HD

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and John Brooks

Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

Manchester United face Everton in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday evening. United are in good form heading into the match with three wins in their last three matches, after the disappointment earlier in the month away to Tottenham Hotspur where the Red Devils lost 3-0 and in the previous month where they exited the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Liverpool, who are in the last four of the competition. United have had a poor season, but they could still end up with a trophy, providing they win tomorrow, and again in the final of the Emirates FA Cup. Top four in the Barclays Premier League is also still something United could make this season, with just two points separating them and Manchester City, who play this weekend, with United then having a game in hand, which if City loses, could see United go above them once again this season. The players will need to dig deep to ensure they finish this season on a high, taking their chances on the pitch and training off the pitch to ensure they go into each and every match at the top of their game.

Injuries have cost United, but those are coming to an end with only Luke Shaw, who has now returned to training in a bid to win a place in the England squad this summer and to start for United next season. It would be a bonus if he played again this season, but that does not look all that likely, to be honest. Bastian Schweinsteiger is the only other long-term absentee on the sidelines with Adnan Januzaj close to a return, albeit for the U21’s and Will Keane seemingly ruled out for the remainder of the season. Phil Jones, who has been absent for long spells this season is apparently fit, but has not featured for United at U21 level for around a fortnight and does not seem to be earning a first team place at this stage of the season, which may suggest he’s just not ready and could be looking for a new club in the summer. It is unfortunate for him, but his career has been plagued by injury and it just does not seem to be getting any better. Recently, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young strengthened the side with their returns from injury with Valencia slotting in a right-back and looking his best in the last two matches. United will go into this match with Everton as the strongest side, considering Everton have not won in their last six matches, and were subjected to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of local rivals Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United have a great record against Everton in the league, winning 33 matches, drawing seven and losing eight home and away in the Premier League era. United have scored 90 goals, conceding 60 goals and have kept 21 clean sheets against the blues of Everton. In the FA Cup, Everton have been a different side. The last time the two teams met was at this stage of the competition back in 2009, which ended in a 0-0 draw at Wembley with Everton winning 4-2 on penalties, but losing the final 2-1 to Chelsea. United have done the double over Everton this season, they are touted as a good side away from home, but have been humiliated by Liverpool and already been beaten away from home by United. Injuries and suspensions could cost Roberto Martinez’s team/ The protests about sacking the manager could well cause some problems for Everton, who go into this match as the underdogs once again. United are 90 minutes, or 120 and/or penalties from an FA Cup final, for the first time in years – chances must be taken and United need to ensure they return to Wembley at the end of the season. Come on UNITED!

Manchester United Statistics (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics are taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 34 matches, won 17, drawn 8, lost 9 and currently have 59 points

Scored 42 goals (1.24 goals per match) and conceded 30 goals (0.88 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheets 50%

Everton (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics are taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 34 matches, won 9, drawn 14, lost 11 and currently have 41 points

Scored 53 goals (1.56 goals per match) and conceded 48 goals (1.41 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 6 matches

Clean sheets 26%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 14 – Wayne Rooney, 13 – Anthony Martial, 8 – Juan Mata, 7 – Memphis Depay, Marcus Rashford, 6 – Ander Herrera, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 5 – Own Goal, 3 – Marouane Fellaini, 2 – Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, 1 – Matteo Darmian, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Everton25 – Romelu Lukaku, 12 – Ross Barkley, 7 – Arouna Koné, 6 – Aaron Lennon, 5 – Ramiro Funes Mori, 4 – Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, 1 – Tom Cleverley, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Leon Osman

Manchester United Form: WWWLWW

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Crystal Palace 2-0 W, Aston Villa 1-0 W, West Ham United 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 L, Everton 1-0 W, Manchester City 1-0 W

Everton Form: LDDDLL

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Liverpool 4-0 L, Southampton 1-1 D, Crystal Palace 0-0 D, Watford 1-1 D, Manchester United 1-0 L, Arsenal 2-0 L

Head to Head:

Played 48 matches at Old Trafford and Goodison Park in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 33, Drawn 7, Lost 8 – Scored 90 goals, conceded 60 goals and kept 21 clean sheets

Everton: Won 8, Drawn 7, Lost 33 – Scored 60 goals, conceded 90 goals and kept 8 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 20. Sergio Romero, 40. Joel Castro Pereira, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 12. Chris Smalling, 23. Luke Shaw, 30. Guillermo Varela, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Matteo Darmian, 37. Donald Love, 38. Axel Tuanzebe, 41. Regan Poole, 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 49. Joe Riley;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 25. Antonio Valencia, 27. Marouane Fellaini, 28. Morgan Schneiderlin, 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger, 35. Jesse Lingard, 44. Andreas Pereira, 47. James Weir;

Strikers: 7. Memphis Depay, 9. Anthony Martial, 10. Wayne Rooney, 39. Marcus Rashford, 48. Will Keane

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (broken leg), 11. Adnan Januzaj (hamstring), 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (MCL knee ligament), 49. Will Keane (groin), 51. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knock) [injury details from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Everton Squad:

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Goalkeepers: 1. Joel Robles, 24. Tim Howard;

Defenders: 2. Tony Hibbert, 3. Leighton Baines, 5. John Stones, 6. Phil Jagielka, 23. Séamus Coleman, 25. Ramiro Funes Mori, 27. Tyias Browning, 30. Mason Holgate, 32. Brendan Galloway, 38. Matthew Pennington;

Midfielders: 4. Darron Gibson, 8. Bryan Oviedo, 12. Aaron Lennon, 15. Tom Cleverley, 16. James McCarthy, 17. Muhamed Bešić, 18. Gareth Barry, 20. Ross Barkley, 21. Leon Osman, 22. Steven Pienaar;

Strikers: 9. Arouna Koné, 10. Romelu Lukaku, 11. Kevin Mirallas, 14. Oumar Niasse, 19. Gerard Deulofeu, 28. Leandro Rodríguez

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Tony Hibbert (knee), 5. John Stones (illness), 6. Phil Jagielka (hamstring), 18. Gareth Barry (groin/pelvis), 23. Séamus Coleman (hamstring), 27. Tyias Browning (knee) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: 25. Ramiro Funes Mori (three matches) [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Everton 0-3 Manchester United

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