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Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood to the rescue for United in 1-1 Toffees draw; Martial lacking instinct of a real striker

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League, missing a chance to close down the gap between them and Chelsea to just two points. It was Victor Lindelof that scored the opening goal of the game, an own goal putting Everton ahead. Mason Greenwood came off the bench to equalise and saving some face for United. Colchester United lie in wait in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

United started the game well and could have been at least been 1-0 up in the first minute of the match after Jesse Lingard had a chance on goal following good work from Fred, sending his effort wide of the target. With chances from both teams in the half, Everton took the lead in the 36th minute through a Victor Lindelof own goal. It went to VAR but the goal was awarded. United seemed out of it towards the end of the half.

United got themselves back into the game in the 77th minute with Mason Greenwood scoring his seventh goal of the season and his third goal of the week, marking their 4,000th game with academy players being involved with a goal from a player making his rise from youth to first team football. United then started to attack more, pushing Everton into their own half searching for that elusive winning goal.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

It was not the best game for De Gea to be honest. He seemed to hurt himself early in the game stopping Mason Holgate from getting a goal, clattering with the post. Something was not quite right though as for Victor Lindelof's own goal, he did not seem to try to clear the danger, despite having an Everton arm in his face.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

I think he was United's MOTM today. He seemed to get his job done effectively and got forward a lot of the time. His slide tackle in Richarlison was sublime and it got the crown going once again.

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2 Victor Lindelof

I do not think he had a good game. It started well as he could have got an assist but he claimed an own goal instead, which is worrying. I think Axel Tuanzebe needs to be given a chance to form a partnership with Harry Maguire, although the challenge of Eric Bailly is close to happening too.

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5 Harry Maguire

I expected more from the £80 million man against Everton. He did not seem to control the game much, as would be expected from a player of his calibre. The performances against Spurs and City seemed better from Maguire, not that I am complaining.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had a good shot on goal which drew a save from Jordan Pickford. I thought he seemed rusty after making his return from injury, which was expected. I a few weeks, he should be up to speed, if he place has not been taken by Brandon Williams.

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39 Scott McTominay

It was not the best game for the Scotland international against Everton. I am sure he will use it to better himself though.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian got stuck into the game and had a lot of involvement, unfortunately not a goal or an assist. He has definitely improved this season though, which is a good sign.

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21 Daniel James

The Welsh winger did not have the best of games. When Leighton Baines replaced Lucas Digne, he did not get the better of the veteran left-back. Got another assist though, which is a good sign.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The academy graduate did not play well for the majority of his apperance. He had some good moments but did not inspire his team. In the opening minute, he had a great chance on goal which he failed to get on target. He was replaced by Mason Greenwood, who scored United's equaliser.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward had a good game against Everton and had a good opportunity to score when the game was still at 0-0. In the second half, with United chasing the game, Rashford was wasteful at times and perhaps tried to hard to get his team level, when after Greenwood's goal, find the winner.

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9 Anthony Martial

As a striker, the Frenchman needs to show a lot more to lead the line. Greenwood has now outscored him this season, playing fewer minutes and I could see the academy graduate benching him soon if he keeps this up. It is great when Martial scores but he needs to make it happen so much more.

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Substitutes

11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Lingard 65'. Scored the equaliser for United. His third goal this week and his seventh this season, outscoring Anthony Martial. He could take Martial's position as the striker at this rate and good on him if he does.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced James 86'. Not impressed with the vereran midfielder. On at attack, soon after his introduction, he stopped a clear chance on goal from being created. It was great that he scored a penalty during the week but when United need a goal, is Mata the one that could bring it? Not today he wasn't.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 77′; Victor Lindelof 36′ (og)

Assists: Daniel James 77′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James (Mata 86′), Lingard (Greenwood 65′), Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young, Tuanzebe, Williams; Pereira

Bookings: Victor Lindelof 66′; Tom Davies 5′

Confirmed Starting XI: 4,000 matches with youth in the team; Martial, Rashford, Lingard and James start against Everton

Manchester United are back in Premier League action this afternoon as they welcome Everton to Old Trafford. United are unbeaten in their last four matches after drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa, beating Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City with 2-1 scoreline and destroying AZ Alkmaar scoring four goals in ten and a half second half minutes in the final UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday.

It has been quite a positive week for United, earning seven Premier League points reaching fifth in the league, just five points shy of Chelsea in fourth place and winning the group in the Europa League, which may give them a more favourable draw in the round of 32 stage of the competition, which will be drawn on Monday afternoon. This weekend though, United could set a 4,000 match record.

For more than 82 years now, United have had at least one academy graduate in the first team squad for every first team match. With the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, Scott McTominay, James Garner, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, and Marcus Rashford all available, it could be a good day for United’s academy, the DNA of the club going back to October 1937 and cover the successful era’s of Sir Matt Busby right the way through the Sir Alex Ferguson’s and beyond.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Fred;

James, Lingard, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Young, Tuanzebe, Williams; Mata, Pereira; Greenwood

Everton:

Pickford;

Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne;

Colgate, Davies;

Iwobi, Bernard;

Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes:

Stekelenburg; Baines, Martina; Gordon; Tosun, Kean, Naisse

United and Everton have played a total of 201 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United has won 88 times, drawn 43 times and lost 70 times. In the fixture at Old Trafford last season, United won 2-1 with goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring the only goal for the visitors. At Goodison Park, United lost 4-0, which was the last match played.

Prior to that 4-0 defeat, United were on an eight match unbeaten streak, winning six times and drawing twice. United once had a twenty match unbeaten streak against Everton which lasted almost a decade from September 1995 to February 2005. After the 4-0 defeat last season, United need to beat Everton, with a view of extending their four match unbeaten run to five matches, having beat Spurs, Manchester City and AZ Alkmaar and drawing to Aston Villa in the last four matches.

How Manchester United could look against Everton; 4-2-3-1 with Martial, Rashford, Lingard and James leading the attack at Old Trafford

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action on Sunday as they welcome Everton to Old Trafford. United are unbeaten in their last four matches after drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa, beating Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City with 2-1 scoreline and destroying AZ Alkmaar scoring four goals in ten and a half second half minutes in the final UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday.

It has been quite a positive week for United, earning seven Premier League points reaching fifth in the league, just five points shy of Chelsea in fourth place and winning the group in the Europa League, which may give them a more favourable draw in the round of 32 stage of the competition, which will be drawn on Monday afternoon. This weekend though, United could set a 4,000 match record.

For more than 82 years now, United have had at least one academy graduate in the first team squad for every first team match. With the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, Scott McTominay, James Garner, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, and Marcus Rashford all available, it could be a good day for United’s academy, the DNA of the club going back to October 1937 and cover the successful era’s of Sir Matt Busby right the way through the Sir Alex Ferguson’s and beyond.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea is the best goalkeeper at the club, although he does have good rotation options in Sergio Romero and Lee Grant who have both featured for the club this season, Romero more regularly. The Spanish goalkeeper has risen in form and stature this season, especially against both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City last week with Solskjaer’s side beating both teams by the same 2-1 scoreline. De Gea will be seeking to see his team improve over the course of the month and extend their four match unbeaten run to five matches this weekend.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

The defence have started to shape up this season. They are still conceding goals but United seem much better, recently, going forward having scored ten goals in the last four matches, conceding just four goals in the same number of matches. In this match, I think Solskjaer will bring Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw back into the fullback positions and Harry Maguire, despite playing on Thursday evening will be reunited with defensive partner Victor Lindelof, who raised his game against both Spurs and City. United need to win this game.

Midfield: Fred, Scott McTominay

Both Fred and Scott McTominay were unused substitutes in the 4-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening at Old Trafford and will be rested ahead of the visit of Everton. With Paul Pogba still seemingly on the sidelines, seeking to return on or before Boxing Day, unless that changes, the best two midfielders at the club right now are this pair, who dug deep and performed to the best of their abilities in their last two matches. Solskjaer and United will need the pair to continue that form against Everton, who are seeking to turn their season around after beating Chelsea last weekend.

Attacking Midfielders: Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford

Daniel James and Marcus Rashford were rested on Thursday evening, although the latter was on the bench. Jesse Lingard missed the match through injury. Lingard will turn 27 on Sunday and despite the problems in his private life with the illness of his grandfather and mother, he will be seeking a raise in his game to continue on the road to finding the form that saw his rise from the fringes of the first team five years ago and play his way into the first team. James and Rashford have both been unplayable in recent matches with the former adding to his impressive record of assists last week, seeming a much better fit in the team than Alexis Sanchez.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman played 60 minutes against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening so will be fit to face Everton on Sunday. Martial has played in three of the last four matches, scoring one goal. He has six goals and three assists to his name this season and will need to start performing as the main striker in the team. Mason Greenwood, who started on Thursday, also have six goals and one assist this season, playing fewer minutes than Martial, so could cause some problems if scoring and creating goal does not happen for him. Martial needs to find something to keep his place in the team, despite Rashford being in the zone for club and country in recent matches, scoring plenty of goals.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams; Andreas Pereira, James Garner; Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong

Solskjaer will need options on the bench against Everton which could help them beat the Toffees, who will be confident after their display against Chelsea last weekend, although United seem to have come through two much tougher matches, plus to 4-0 victory on Thursday evening. Sergio Romero will be back on the bench for this match, as could Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams as the substitute defenders. Andreas Pereira and James Garner could be the midfield options with Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong as the attackers who could show something against Everton, if needed.

Preview: United seeking to overturn 4-0 defeat to Everton last season to achieve a fourth victory in a row in the past four matches

Manchester United -v- Everton

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday 15 December 2019, KO 14:00 GMT

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: Stuart Burt; Simon Bennett Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

VAR: Craig Pawson Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action on Sunday as they welcome Everton to Old Trafford. United are unbeaten in their last four matches after drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa, beating Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City with 2-1 scoreline and destroying AZ Alkmaar scoring four goals in ten and a half second half minutes in the final UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday.

It has been quite a positive week for United, earning seven Premier League points reaching fifth in the league, just five points shy of Chelsea in fourth place and winning the group in the Europa League, which may give them a more favourable draw in the round of 32 stage of the competition, which will be drawn on Monday afternoon. This weekend though, United could set a 4,000 match record.

For more than 82 years now, United have had at least one academy graduate in the first team squad for every first team match. With the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, Scott McTominay, James Garner, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, and Marcus Rashford all available, it could be a good day for United’s academy, the DNA of the club going back to October 1937 and cover the successful era’s of Sir Matt Busby right the way through the Sir Alex Ferguson’s and beyond.

Form: Three wins, two draws and one defeat in the last six matches for United whilst Everton have three defeats, one draw and two wins.

Manchester United: WWWDLD

AZ Alkmaar 4-0 W, Manchester City 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 W, Aston Villa 2-2 D, Astana 2-1 L, Sheffield United 3-3 D

Everton: WLLLWD

Chelsea 3-1 W, Liverpool 5-2 L, Leicester City 2-1 L, Norwich City 2-0 L, Southampton 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D

Top Scorers: United are currently in the zone when it comes to scoring goals, having scored ten goals in the last four matches; Everton have scored nine goals in six matches, conceding 12.

Manchester United Goals: 13 – Marcus Rashford, 6 – Anthony Martial, 6 – Mason Greenwood, 3 – Daniel James, Scott McTominay, 1 – Andreas Pereira, Ashley Young, Brandon Williams, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Own Goal, Victor Lindelof

In the past four matches, United have found some much-needed form, winning three matches in a row and drawing the other. Solskjaer’s side has scored ten goals in those four matches, scoring four on Thursday evening in their final Europa League group stage match against AZ Alkmaar. Heading into a busy stage of the season, United will be seeking to continue their winning and goalscoring run.

Everton Goals: 8 – Richarlison, 7 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 2 – Bernard, Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 1 – Tom Davies, Lucas Digne, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Cenk Tosun

Everton have been dire this season but the sacking of Marco Silva with Duncan Ferguson standing in as the caretaker manager, it seems to have turned the Merseyside club around after ending three-match losing streak by beating Chelsea 3-1 last weekend. Obviously, Chelsea are nothing impressive this season but this could be a test for United, who are looking to claw themselves into the top four this season.

Team News: Paul Pogba likely to be unavailable for United this weekend as United look to set a 4,000 match record of having at least one academy graduate in each first team match lasting more than 82 years.

United will be without many players for the visit of Everton on Sunday with Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah out of action probably until the New Year. Paul Pogba looks set to be out of action until at least Boxing Day, although that might still change yet. Diogo Dalot could return to fitness ahead of next week’s Carabao Cup clash against Colchester United with Marcos Rojo likely to be out for another week.

Jesse Lingard, however, who missed the final Europa League group stage clash on Thursday could recover in time to face Everton, which would be good for him after a positive performance against Manchester City last weekend. Solskjaer may bring in some talented youth players to bolster his side, possibly the bench, which will allow some extra bodies if needed. Luke Shaw should also be back in contention for this match.

Ferguson will be without both Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin with calf injuries which could be a blow for the trip to the Theatre of Dreams. Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Cuco Martina, Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina will be missing also and Lucas Digne could be subject to a late fitness test ahead of the match. Ferguson will obviously be hoping that he can get some players back into the squad.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer made nine changes for the victory over AZ Alkmaar and as many might be made for the visit of Everton with Anthony Martial leading the line and Marcus Rashford and Daniel James back in the team?

Solskjaer has many fully rested players from Thursday night’s 4-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League. Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Fred were unused substitutes in the match with Luke Shaw, Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and David De Gea rested from the match day squad. Jesse Lingard was injured for the clash with Anthony Martial playing 60 minutes in the victory. All could feature against the Toffees.

Match Prediction: United have won 88 times against Everton, losing 70 times and drawing 43 times. With United’s form more impressive than Everton’s, this should be a win for United.

United and Everton have played a total of 201 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United has won 88 times, drawn 43 times and lost 70 times. In the fixture at Old Trafford last season, United won 2-1 with goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring the only goal for the visitors. At Goodison Park, United lost 4-0, which was the last match played.

Prior to that 4-0 defeat, United were on an eight match unbeaten streak, winning six times and drawing twice. United once had a twenty match unbeaten streak against Everton which lasted almost a decade from September 1995 to February 2005. After the 4-0 defeat last season, United need to beat Everton, with a view of extending their four match unbeaten run to five matches, having beat Spurs, Manchester City and AZ Alkmaar and drawing to Aston Villa in the last four matches.

Manchester United 2-1 Everton

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