Starting XI Prediction: Romelu Lukaku needs to find his goalscoring boots against Everton

Manchester United will face Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. It is going to be an important match for United as, at this moment in time, they sit tenth in the Premier League table and will sit lower by the time they run out onto the Old Trafford pitch. In order to stop the club disappearing further down the league table, a win is in order. However, is the team capable of a win after looking so far from being a competent Premier League team against Juventus earlier in the week?

Here is the team that I feel should play against Everton this weekend, fitness and injury concerns are taken into account.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

This goes without saying. David De Gea is the best goalkeeper the club have, despite his current form and the poor display by his country at the World Cup in the summer. De Gea seemingly has a lot going on right now. There were talks of a new contract, then suggestions that he would not renew, then suggestions that he could be departing the Theatre of Dreams. The Spanish number one has spoken to Sky Sports and confirmed that he is not going to let contract talks interrupt him when he wants to win matches.

Defenders: Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw

The defence is just one of the problem areas at the club right now. The summer saw Jose Mourinho wanting better players and the club not backing him. The defence has leaked almost as many goals as they conceded in the entirety of the last Premier League season, which underlines the problems right now. The defence against Juventus did the job well, with Victor Lindelof showing the most of his ability and I don’t think the back four should change for the Everton game.

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Midfield: Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba

The midfield seemed to be rather slow against Juventus with Nemanja Matic seemingly still recovering from an injury, making himself available to play for his club, which is great to see. However, having fully fit players would be better. Paul Pogba will not be dropped, as that will bring back that boomerang story of his relationship with Mourinho, and we don’t really want to hear about that again, do we? Andreas Pereira could be a good player to add, which adds both defensive and attack responsibility at his door.

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial

Jesse Lingard could be ready to play again after sitting out the last five matches. Something needs to give with United’s attackers, who need to get the best out of themselves and their teammates in order to drive the club in the correct direction, towards success, not away from it. Anthony Martial has played well against both Newcastle United and Chelsea, scoring three goals in those two matches. However, against Juventus, he was not at his best, prompting criticism from Gary Neville. Juan Mata needs to keep his place.

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Striker: Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker really needs to work hard to find the back of the net. Right now, the £75 million, which could rise to £90 million, seems a lot of money for the player the club currently has. Many want to see him benched but Mourinho has suggested that will not be the case. He should be driven to score for United in every game, but United should also not rely on him to score the goals. Will he score against his former club? I hope so but I’m ready for more disappointment.

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