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Ratings: Greenwood, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes and Dalot all did well in 4-0 victory over Everton

Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 in the final pre-season match of the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ran riot at Old Trafford with three goals in the opening 30 minutes of the match. Mason Greenwood opened the scoring, pouncing on a defensive error in the eighth minute of the match. Harry Maguire headed United into a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute after a Luke Shaw corner. It was Bruno Fernandes that stole the headlines though wit a stunning free-kick from 25-yards which beat Jordan Pickford. Diogo Dalot also scored a header in added time after Fred played the ball into the box. It was a positive match for United and will have helped them get ready for the Premier League season starting next week.

United started well against Everton in their final pre-season match of the summer, the second to be played at the Theatre of Dreams. Within eight minutes, Mason Greenwood had capitalised on a defensive error to score his first pre-season goal, which was great to see. United continued to press this Everton side, who looked dejected and out of sorts. The negative fans could well be hiding later today. United doubled their lead from a set-piece with Luke Shaw taking the corner and Harry Maguire heading into the back of the net. And by the half hour mark of the match, Bruno Fernandes took a free-kick, hitting the back of the net from distance to send a message that United were ready to take on their rivals ahead of the new Premier League season.

Harry Maguire scores Manchester United’s second goal against Everton.

United continued to play impressively for the remainder of the first half, having a few more chances on goal. At the start of the second hale, Solskjaer made a triple substitution with Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Fred replacing Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic. United were still playing a good attacking game against the Premier League side, who themselves had a chance to get a goal back, hitting the crossbar through Andros Townsend. Solskjaer then made another four substitutions in the 60th and 61st minutes with Diogo Dalot, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams and Andreas Pereira replaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes. United possibly should have scored their fourth goal of the game soo after.

With Solskjaer seeking to give players minutes on the pitch, he made another two changes in the 68th and 69th minutes of the match with Scott McTominay and James Garner replacing Daniel James and Harry Maguire. The match seemed to be dead and buried for Everton though, who made many changes of their own but still looked dejected and out of sorts. It was a good game for Solskjaer’s side ahead of their Premier League opener against Leeds United in a week’s time. United were still creating the chances, despite the number of changes made which will give Solskjaer the vision to see which players will make his side against Leeds at Old Trafford next week. Everton will have a lot of work to do ahead of their season starting.

Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring a free-kick against Everton, putting Manchester United 3-0 up.

As the game was coming to a close, United were pushing Everton back into their own half once more, which must have been terrible for the as nothing much had changed since the start of the match. United seemed to be seeking a fourth goal, which had eluded them since Fernandes scored the third of the match. In added time, Diogo Dalot headed from range past Asmir Begovic from a Fred assist, which sealed a 4-0 victory for United. What a result in the final pre-season match where the majority of the first team players were back in action. Perhaps now the moaning contingent of negative United supporters will be happy, but you just know that they all be finding minuscule things to turn into massive problems, because they are never happy and live sad lives.

United will now have a week’s training ahead of the first Premier League match of the season against Leeds United at the Theatre of Dreams. United will need to do a lot better than they did last season, when they were defeated by Crystal Palace then stuttered in the league before they started to find some form. This pre-season has not been the best with the Preston North End match being cancelled last weekend and with United losing 4-2 to Queens Park Rangers, drawing 2-2 with Brentford but Beating Derby County 2-1 in the opening match f the pre-season campaign. Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad, which was toughly for the first three matches. We are still to see Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane play for the club yet, which will be worth the wait.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a fair few saves in the match but I still worry about his level of performance as it has not been great for more than the last season. Still, this is a clean slate and both Henderson and Heaton will lie in wait. Kept a clean sheet on his return to action this season.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Put in a shift at right-back for over an hour. You can see by Trippier is on Solskjaer's wish list as he is a more attacking fullback but Wan-Bissaka does his defensive work well the majority of the time. Replaced by Dalot in the 61st minute.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Did well in his first pre-season outing for United. I would expect to see him and Maguire as the centre backs against Leeds next week. If Calvert-Lewin had played, it could have been different. Replaced by Tuanzebe in the 60th minute.

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5 Harry Maguire

Commanded the defence, as he has done since he signed. Scored a great header to put United 2-0 up. Great to see him back. Replaced by Garner in the 69th minute.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back continued his great from from last season and Euro 2020. An attacking threat from the left. Got an assist for United's second goal, taking the corner which met Maguire's head. Replaced by Williams in the 60th minute.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Was probably the standout player of the first half. He has played many minutes in pre-season so far. If he was younger, United would be ready for the new season. Replaced by Fred in the 46th minute.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Played a good game in midfield, which will have been good for the Dutchman. He should get more minutes this season and have a much better season. Replaced by Pogba in the 46th minute.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Opened the scoring, taking advantage of a defensive error to get his first goal of the pre-season campaign. Played the central role in the second half, which would give him more of a chance to start against Leeds. 90 important minutes in his legs.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Back to his best in his first appearance for the club this summer. Scored a stunning free-kick from 25-yards to put United 3-0 up against Everton. Replaced by Pereira in the 60th minute.

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Ratings: Greenwood, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes and Dalot all did well in 4-0 victory over Everton

More of the same from the Welshman. His desire and determination are there to be seen but his end product is poor. This seems to be the case with him. He needs to change this otherwise things will change quickly for the club and he will be out on his ear. He was better in the second half and received many fouls. Replaced by McTominay in the 68th minute.

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9 Anthony Martial

He seemed rusty but put some effort into his performance. He could not get the better of Keane and Godfrey, which may have been better if he had more minutes in l=his legs this summer. Replaced by Mata in the 46th minute.

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6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Van de Beek 46'. Got some important minutes into his legs and did what he needed to do at times. Would like to see more this world class Pogba that his stans keep talking about. I find him inconsistent and that needs to change.

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17 Fred

Replaced Matic 46'. Not sure he is the defensive midfielder that United need but he does some good things on the pitch at times. Got an assist for Dalot's goal, which was good to see.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Martial 46'. Did some good things on the pitch against Everton. His passing was good most of the time and he has something to offer, even if it is late in matches.

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20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 61'. Played a good role after coming on. Helped to stop Everton from getting a goal and scored a great goal of his own in added time.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Fernandes 60'. He played his part in the match but pre-season Pirlo did not show up in this match.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Shaw 60'. Townsend tested him at times and he fouled Iwobi, who fell badly. I feel he needs to stop with these fouls so he can better his game. A loan spell would do him well.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Lindelof 60'. Did well alongside McTominay in defence. Will probably be heading out on loan this week.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced James 68' Came on as a makeshift centre-back and did well, despite it not being his favoured position.

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37 James Garner

Replaced Maguire 69'. Got 21 minutes on the pitch ahead of what will be an important season for him, whether he goes on loan or stays at United.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 8’, Harry Maguire 15’, Bruno Fernandes 29′, Diogo Dalot 90+2′

Assists: Luke Shaw 15’, Fred 90+2′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Dalot 61′), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 60′), Maguire (Garner 69′), Shaw (Williams 60′); Matic (Fred 46′), Van de Beek (Pogba 46′); Greenwood, Fernandes (Pereira 60′), James (McTominay 68′); Martial (Mata 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, Heaton

Bookings: Seamus Coleman 49′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Martial, Greenwood, Fernandes and James lead the attack against Everton

Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford this afternoon as they prepare to end their pre-season campaign ahead of the new Premier League season commencing next weekend. United were supposed to face Preston North End last weekend but the fixture was cancelled because of a coronavirus scare which resulted in no first team players testing positive and the pre-season preparations continuing. United have spent the first half of the week at St Andrews in Scotland on their second training camp of the summer, which saw many first team players return to the club after their summer holidays. David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial have all returned to training.

This pre-season campaign may not have been the best with Euro 2020 and Copa American, not to mention the Olympics all playing a part this summer but the players that played more than 60 matches last season will have had a good rest ahead of the new season commencing, which cannot be said for last summer with little rest between one season ending and a new season starting. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will see his team boosted by Jadon Sancho, who has not been pictured in training yet and Raphael Varane, whose signing has not yet been completed by the Old Trafford club. There is still hope that United will make more additions to the squad this summer, but that will result in clearing some players out of the club first, which may or may not be possible.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Van de Beek;

Greenwood, Fernandes, James;

Martial

Substitutes:

Grant, Heaton; Dalot, Williams, Tuanzebe; Pogba, Mata, Pereira, Fred, Garner, McTominay

Everton:

Pickford;

Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne;

Allan, Doucoure;

Iwobi, Rodriguez, Townsend;

Gray

Substitutes:

Begovic, Tyrer; Kenny, Holgate, Mina, Nkounkou; Delph, Davies; Gordon, Broadhead, Dobbin

United and Everton have met a total of 206 times competitively since the formation of both clubs. United have won 90 times, drawn 46 times with Everton winning 70 times. In the last five meetings between both clubs, United are undefeated, winning twice and drawing three times. The last defeat to Everton was on the 21 April 2019 with the Toffees winning 4-0 with goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott. Prior to that match, United were unbeaten against Everton in the eight matches before, winning six and drawing twice. Rafael Benitez is now in the Everton hot seat and will be seeking to change the clubs fortunes after finishing tenth in the Premier League last season.

United and Everton have a long history with players featuring for both teams over the years. Currently, the only player at Everton to have played for United is Michael Keane. The 28-year-old started his footballing life at United as part of the clubs academy, alongside his brother, Will Keane. He was sold to Burnley in January 2015 before he was sold on to Everton in the summer of 2017. One of the beat known transfers from Everton to United was Wayne Rooney, who joined the Old Trafford club as a teenager in the summer of 2004. United have also signed Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku, amongst others from Everton in the not too distant past. Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis, Phil Neville, Jesper Blomqvist and Tim Howard have played for both clubs.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: Elanga, Martial, Fernandes and Greenwood to start against Everton?

Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Saturday as they prepare to end their pre-season campaign ahead of the new Premier League season commencing next weekend. United were supposed to face Preston North End last weekend but the fixture was cancelled because of a coronavirus scare which resulted in no first team players testing positive and the pre-season preparations continuing. United have spent the first half of the week at St Andrews in Scotland on their second training camp of the summer, which saw many first team players return to the club after their summer holidays. David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial have all returned to training.

This pre-season campaign may not have been the best with Euro 2020 and Copa American, not to mention the Olympics all playing a part this summer but the players that played more than 60 matches last season will have had a good rest ahead of the new season commencing, which cannot be said for last summer with little rest between one season ending and a new season starting. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will see his team boosted by Jadon Sancho, who has not been pictured in training yet and Raphael Varane, whose signing has not yet been completed by the Old Trafford club. There is still hope that United will make more additions to the squad this summer, but that will result in clearing some players out of the club first, which may or may not be possible.

Previous meetings with Everton and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Everton have met a total of 206 times competitively since the formation of both clubs. United have won 90 times, drawn 46 times with Everton winning 70 times. In the last five meetings between both clubs, United are undefeated, winning twice and drawing three times. The last defeat to Everton was on the 21 April 2019 with the Toffees winning 4-0 with goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott. Prior to that match, United were unbeaten against Everton in the eight matches before, winning six and drawing twice. Rafael Benitez is now in the Everton hot seat and will be seeking to change the clubs fortunes after finishing tenth in the Premier League last season.

United and Everton have a long history with players featuring for both teams over the years. Currently, the only player at Everton to have played for United is Michael Keane. The 28-year-old started his footballing life at United as part of the clubs academy, alongside his brother, Will Keane. He was sold to Burnley in January 2015 before he was sold on to Everton in the summer of 2017. One of the beat known transfers from Everton to United was Wayne Rooney, who joined the Old Trafford club as a teenager in the summer of 2004. United have also signed Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku, amongst others from Everton in the not too distant past. Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis, Phil Neville, Jesper Blomqvist and Tim Howard have played for both clubs.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Everton in their pre-season friendly at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton will be more match fit than David De Gea ahead of this match with the Spaniard not featuring for Spain at Euro 2020 and last playing for United on the 26 May in the Europa League final, losing on penalties to Villarreal with De Gea failing to save a penalty and missing his. Heaton has played in all three friendlies, playing 90 minutes against Brentford a week and a half ago. He has done well, showing his ability against both Derby County, the only match United have won this summer, and Queens Park Rangers, despite the 4-2 defeat. He even showed good signs against Brentford in the only match to be played at Old Trafford so far this summer, ahead of the Everton clash. It is possible that the former academy goalkeeper could start against Leeds United.

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

United have gone through the summer with a weakened defence with the trio of Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw on an extended break after being involved in Euro 2020, with England reaching the final but losing to Italy on penalties. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will probably start at right-back again, which is a positive as he has done well this summer, especially with his assist against Brentford. Lindelof and Maguire could partner in the centre of the defence, with them giving 45 or even 60 minutes to give them a chance of featuring against Leeds, which might be a must depending on when Rafael Varane’s deal gets completed. Luke Shaw should start at left-back, if he is fit and able to, as he was a stand out player last season and at Euro 2020.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

United have problems with the midfield. Nemanja Matic is the only experienced defensive midfielder at the club which is a major worry as Fred and Scott McTominay are not the answer in the pivot role, unless the formation will be changed once Rafael Varane has settled into the squad? United need another player to fill the void as Matic cannot play as often as he once used to. He has played in pre-season matches this summer and has done well. He could perhaps play alongside Paul Pogba in this match with the Frenchman able to play for 45 or even 60 minutes, getting him ready for the new season, unless his head is elsewhere, which may no longer be the case with the news about Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial

Mason Greenwood is the only player in this trio that has been involved in all three pre-season matches that have been played this summer. He has played in the wide positions and as the main striker in the team and is yet to be involved in a goal this summer, which is a minor worry. Bruno Fernandes has not played yet, returning to training last week and being involved in the training group in Scotland earlier this week. I feel that he could give 45 or even 60 minutes in this match, which would be a big help ahead of the Leeds match next weekend. Anthony Martial has not played this summer but has recovered from injury. This season could be a good one for the Frenchman. It will be a make or break season for him. He needs to provide what United need, not hide away.

Forwards: Anthony Elanga

Anthony Elanga has done well so far this summer, despite a recent injury, continuing from the last Premier League match of the season when he scored his first senior goal for the club. Solskjaer seems to have a dilemma to sort out with the teenager, who has great pace, great ability and seems to fit into the first team this time. This has happened before with Marcus Rashford, who is out of action until at least October and Mason Greenwood. Could Elanga be the next academy graduate to grace the first team? Right now, he is doing everything that he needs to do in order to develop, which is what everyone wants to see. I believe that he can offer something to United this season, either starting the low key matches or coming off the bench.

Substitutes: David De Gea, Lee Grant, Matej Kovar; Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Donny Van de Beek, James Garner, Scott McTominay

It was anticipated that Solskjaer would have had Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane for this match but both Cavani and Sancho have not yet returned to training and Varane has not yet completed his move to United. It is likely that the squad that trained in Scotland earlier this week will be the squad to face Everton, perhaps with some surprises – perhaps not. David De Gea, Lee Grant and Matej Kovar could be available in goal. Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe could be available in defence. In midfield, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Donny van de Beek, James Garner and Scott McTominay could be available. There might not be any experienced attacking players on the bench.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Solskjaer to test his United first team against Everton to get them ready?

Manchester United -v- Everton

Pre-Season 2021/22

Old Trafford, Manchester

Saturday 7 August 2021, KO 12:45 BST

Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Saturday as they prepare to end their pre-season campaign ahead of the new Premier League season commencing next weekend. United were supposed to face Preston North End last weekend but the fixture was cancelled because of a coronavirus scare which resulted in no first team players testing positive and the pre-season preparations continuing. United have spent the first half of the week at St Andrews in Scotland on their second training camp of the summer, which saw many first team players return to the club after their summer holidays. David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial have all returned to training.

This pre-season campaign may not have been the best with Euro 2020 and Copa American, not to mention the Olympics all playing a part this summer but the players that played more than 60 matches last season will have had a good rest ahead of the new season commencing, which cannot be said for last summer with little rest between one season ending and a new season starting. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will see his team boosted by Jadon Sancho, who has not been pictured in training yet and Raphael Varane, whose signing has not yet been completed by the Old Trafford club. There is still hope that United will make more additions to the squad this summer, but that will result in clearing some players out of the club first, which may or may not be possible.

United’s first team is starting to come back together after the summer break.

Solskjaer has been boosted by the return to training of David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial, who have been missing this summer because of Euro 2020 and in Martial’s sake, his return from the injury that ended his season prematurely last season. Edinson Cavani is still yet to return to the squad for training, which should happen before Saturday’s match, if it has not happened already. United will be back to full strength before a ball is kicked in the Premier League, which is a good thing after a turbulent pre-season campaign so far. United have won one match, against Derby County, were defeated by Queens Park Rangers and draw with Brentford.

Obviously, fitness is a major issue for United ahead of the opening Premier League clash with Leeds United a week on Saturday, which will be a big match for United. The entire squad has not really featured together this summer, and will get a chance to do that on Saturday, providing there is a suitable level of fitness ahead of the match. It is hoped that Jadon Sancho will feature for the first time with United against Everton, who will be seeking to end their pre-season campaign with a victory this summer. It will be good to see the supporters back inside Old Trafford once again, after the clash with Brentford last week with a bid to end what was last season with matches being played in empty stadiums, which was a terrible experience most of the time.

Previous meetings with Everton and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Everton have met a total of 206 times competitively since the formation of both clubs. United have won 90 times, drawn 46 times with Everton winning 70 times. In the last five meetings between both clubs, United are undefeated, winning twice and drawing three times. The last defeat to Everton was on the 21 April 2019 with the Toffees winning 4-0 with goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott. Prior to that match, United were unbeaten against Everton in the eight matches before, winning six and drawing twice. Rafael Benitez is now in the Everton hot seat and will be seeking to change the clubs fortunes after finishing tenth in the Premier League last season.

United and Everton have a long history with players featuring for both teams over the years. Currently, the only player at Everton to have played for United is Michael Keane. The 28-year-old started his footballing life at United as part of the clubs academy, alongside his brother, Will Keane. He was sold to Burnley in January 2015 before he was sold on to Everton in the summer of 2017. One of the beat known transfers from Everton to United was Wayne Rooney, who joined the Old Trafford club as a teenager in the summer of 2004. United have also signed Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku, amongst others from Everton in the not too distant past. Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis, Phil Neville, Jesper Blomqvist and Tim Howard have played for both clubs.

Predicted Starting XI: Tom Heaton to start in goal; Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw to start in defence; Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to start in midfield with the latter playing in the number ten role; Anthony Elanga to lead the line against Everton?

Solskjaer has seen the likes of Tahith Chong, Nathan Bishop, Will Fish, D’Shon Bernard and Facundo Pellistri leave the club on loan since the pre-season campaign started and the likes of Teden Mengi, Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire have not been involved in the training camp at St Andrews in Scotland for the first few days of this week, so his squad will look more of a first team squad. It would be wise to start many of the major players in the squad, at least for the first 45 minutes of the match, which will give many of them chances to start against Leeds United next weekend as the Premier League starts for the 2021/22 season, which is much-awaited. United will be seeking to change the way they started last season, which cost them big time.

Tom Heaton should start in goal again, with David De Gea getting 30 or 45 minutes in the second half of the match to see if he can be in contention to feature against Leeds. In defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka will probably play much of the match, featuring in pre-season so far with Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw playing their first minutes of the summer. Nemanja Matic could start in midfield with Paul Pogba, which might work well. Mason Greenwood could start on the right with Bruno Fernandes in the middle and Anthony Martial returning from injury on the left. Anthony Elanga should start as the main striker in the match as his pace and ability will cause a few problems. The bench might be void os many attacking players, but will be good enough.

Match Prediction: Winning is not the point of this match with fitness the main importance. But United will be seeking to get a good result at Old Trafford ahead of the Leeds United match a week later.

Solskjaer has stated that he wants to start this season such different to last season. The coronavirus pandemic effectively made it difficult to continue last season with such a short break between the UEFA Europa League finishing and the new Premier League season starting. United did not do well at the start of last season, which effectively ended their title chances, despite looking good around the Christmas period and seemingly mounting a title challenge, which seemed to end by the start of 2021. This season, Solskjaer has a better team with the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane, who will both improve the squad ahead of what will be an important season for both Solskjaer and United.

Everton have played two pre-season matches so far this summer with the clash with United being their third. United will be seeking to win at Old Trafford, seeing as they failed to find the winner against Brentford a week and a half ago. It would be good to see United get a win a week before the Leeds match which will give some positivity over the coming week to get ready for the 2021/22 season, which is going to be a challenge with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all seeking to run the race for the Premier League title and United will need to be amongst the fight for the trophy. Many will be looking forward to seeing fans in their numbers at the Theatre of Dreams for this match, which could help change things this season.

Manchester United 2-1 Everton

Written by John Walker

Ratings: Cavani, Fernandes and McTominay score in 3-3 Everton draw; defence needs to improve, De Gea’s mistakes will be costly

Manchester United drew 3-3 with Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League. It was a game of two halves for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Edinson Cavani put United ahead in the 24th minute of the match with Bruno Fernandes doubling the lead with a sublime goal in the 45th minute. Everton got back into the game four minutes into the second half with Abdoulaye Doucoure getting a goal but three minutes later James Rodriguez had levelled United’s early lead. Scott McTominay scored what seemed to be a winner for United in the 70th minute of the match but in the last minute of added time, Dominic Calvert-Lewin levelled the score for Everton with David De Gea making two costly errors; Doucoure’s goal and Calvert-Lewin’s goal.

United started on the front foot against the Toffees. There was some early chances for United but they gained nothing from them. It was in the 24th minute of the match when United took the lead. Edinson Cavani was the goalscorer with the ball coming off his head once again – a favourite trait of his against Everton this season. Marcus Rashford delivered the ball towards the middle which took former United academy player Michael Keane out of his position. Cavani was waiting behind the defender and he headed his effort into the back of the net – he was never going to miss from there. It was another cracking goal for the Uruguayan who has become the number one striker at the club this season.

United were at that stage of the game the better team with Everton seemingly out of the fixture at 1-0 down. In the 45th minute of the match, United looked to be heading into the break with a two-goal cushion. Bruno Fernandes found space 25-yards from goal and instead of playing in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he decided to send a curling effort towards the top corner of the goal, hitting his target and scoring his 18th goal of the season. Robin Olsen was at full stretch to try to deny the Portuguese midfielder from scoring but he could only watch the ball fly past him and into the top corner. It was a good goal for the player and a good scoreline for United at the time. Perhaps Everton would show up in the second half of the match?

At the end of the first half, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had a bog chance in added time with Everton sending the ball over the top with Wan-Bissaka switched off from the attack, playing the forward onside. He got one-on-one with David De Gea but saw his effort reach the wrong side of the post. That was a big miss for the Toffees. There were no changes at the start of the second half. United saw another effort on goal saved by Olsen. Fernandes was wiped out by Tom Davies but he managed to find Cavani in some space. He then reversed the ball to Luke Shaw who was 18-yards out from the goal. He hit his strike, which was a good one and forced a fully stretched Olsen to palm his effort away from danger. That could have been a good goal for United.

Everton got themselves back into the match four minutes into the second half. Davies got the ball in behind Harry Maguire which was picked up by Calvert-Lewin. He got to the by-line and scooped the ball into the middle which was poorly palmed away by the Spanish number one. Abdoulaye Doucoure then pounced on the ball, beating De Gea in close-range with the goalkeeper once again looking at a mistake which could become costly for United. Everton then got another, levelling the scoreline just three minutes later. Lucas Digne sent the ball into the box, which was kept alive by Doucoure. He then fizzed the ball back to James Rodriguez, who had a poor first half, firing a fine volley into the back of the net. What a poor defensive showing by United.

United would have to weather the storm that Everton would bring to them after levelling the score, which could be a difficult period of time for them. There were a few opportunities by both teams after the score was levelled but nothing to really change the game. United got themselves ahead in the 70th minute of the match through Scott McTominay. The Scotland international won the first ball despite having five defenders around him, flicking his header. The ball looped towards the bottom corner and Olsen lost his footing. He got two hands on the ball but it found the bottom corner, putting United in the lead once more. United will not be too upset about the goalkeeping as it put them back in front, despite being in a winning position at the break.

It seemed like it was going to be a narrow win for United, going into added time, which is dangerous territory. All was going well. Solskjaer decided to bring Axel Tuanzebe on for Mason Greenwood in the third minute of added time, to use some of the time up. He was booked in the fifth minute of added time which also saw Everton level for the second time in the match. Calvert-Lewin took the opportunity to share the points in the match, which feels more like a defeat than a draw. De Gea was poor for the goal, not really cutting it out of making much of an attempt to make the save, seemingly leaving fate to decide whether it was scored or not. This was his second error in the match and a costly one for United. Ir was not good enough from him at this stage of his career.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Played well in the first half with Everton not doing much to talk about. However, at the start of the second half, an error by him saw Doucoure get a goal back for the Toffees. Conceded a second minutes later, which he will not be happy about. A third goal was conceded in the last minute of added time with De Gea not making much of an effort to deny Calvert-Lewin.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Got another assist for Fernandes' goal fo the game. He did well at times in the match, especially on Everton's left.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Got the better of Richarlison at times. He seemed to be impenetrable at times in the match but it was his error that Everton pounced on, scoring from that.

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5 Harry Maguire

Will be disappointed with a draw that feels like a defeat. He desperately needs a player with pace and ball control as his partner. Bailly might have been different if he was fit but there is little point in thinking that way. It was not a defeat. It was a costly result but we must keep moving forward here. He did get the better of Calvert-Lewin up to that final goal.

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23 Luke Shaw

Got an assist for McTominay's goal which seemed, at the time, to be the winner. He played well again and seems to be retaining his form. He will be disappointed but West Ham should now be in their sights.

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39 Scott McTominay

Scored what should have been the winner. He played a good game and gives his all at every chance he gets to represent this club. He will be unhappy with the draw though.

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6 Paul Pogba

Played well against Everton and did what he needed to do. United took the lead through Cavani in the 24th minute of the match. However, within 15 minutes of that, Pogba had suffered an injury and he went straight down the tunnel for treatment. He was replaced by Fred in the 39th minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Had a good game against Everton. Not involved in any goals but in terms of getting himself noticed, he did what he needed to do. It was a tough game, especially after the start for Everton in the second half. He was replaced by Tuanzebe in the third minute of added time. Got the better of Digne through his participation in the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese magnifico pounced on a great ball at the end of the first half and did what he did best with it - finding the back of the net to put United 2-0 up going into the break. In the second half he came close to scoring again, sending the ball over the crossbar instead. It was a shame that he did not score the goal that was over the crossbar. United really needed a cushion of goals in the second half.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Provided the cross which assisted Cavani's opening goal. He switched from the right to the left to do that. He failed to find the back of the net with the score at 2-2. He needs to find some form and sort out his judgement, which needs improvement.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Provided the first goal of the game, getting the better of Keane to nod United into the lead. He positioning, ability and desire are second to none at this moment. What a great signing he was.

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Substitutes

17 Fred

Replaced Pogba 39'. Went wide with a shot, which was a shame. Rodriguez's goal was partly down to Fred not seeing him in space, which could have been averted.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Greenwood 90+3'. Came on three minutes into added time. Was booked the same minute that Everton levelled the score for the second time.

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Goals: Edinson Cavani 24′, Bruno Fernandes 45′, Scott McTominay 70′; Abdoulaye Doucoure 49’, James Rodriguez 52’

Assists: Marcus Rashford 24′, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 45′, Luke Shaw 70′; Abdoulaye Doucoure 52’

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba (Fred 39′); Greenwood (Tuanzebe 90+3′), Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Telles, Williams; James, Matic, Van de Beek; Martial

Bookings: Luke Shaw 73′, Axel Tuanzebe 90+5′; Michael Keane 80′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Cavani, Fernandes and Pogba start against Everton. Time to chew the Toffees?

Manchester United will entertain Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford this evening. The match previously scheduled to be played on Monday 8th February 2021 but United’s participation in the Emirates FA Cup meant that the match was brought forward. United will be going into this game in full confidence after their 9-0 humiliation of Southampton on Tuesday evening which saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Jan Bednarek (own goal), Edinson Cavani, an Anthony Martial brace, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Daniel James all get on the scoresheet.

Everton beat Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday evening with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the scoresheet. United have met Everton a total of 205 times in all competitions, winning 90 times, drawing 45 and losing 70 times. United were last beaten by Everton on the 21 April 2019, a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park in the Premier League. In the four matches played since, there have been two 1-1 draws at both Goodison Park and Old Trafford but in the last two meetings, United have won; 3-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park and 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Cavani

Substitutes:

Henderson; Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe; Fred, James, Matic, Van de Beek; Martial

Everton:

Olsen;

Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne;

Doucoure, Davies;

Rodriguez, Gomes, Richarlison;

Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes:

Virginia; Mina, Nkounkou, Coleman; Delph, Sigurdsson; King, Iwobi, Bernard

United and Everton have met 57 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 37 times, drawing 11 times and losing nine times. United have scored a total of 105 goals, conceding 54 with United winning five penalties and scoring four with Everton winning four and scoring three. United have kept 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. United have received 74 yellow cards and two red cards. Everton have received 107 yellow cards and three red cards. United had a cracking result against Southampton, with nine goals being scored, which will be a massive confidence boost for the Red Devils.

In the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the first half and Mason Greenwood levelling the score in the 77th minute. At Goodison Park last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring in the third minute and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute. United have played Everton at Goodison Park twice this season, winning both. In the Premier League it was a 3-1 victory to United with Bernard opening the scoring in the 19 minute with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace and Edinson Cavani getting the other. In the Carabao Cup, United won 2-0 with Cavani and Anthony Martial scoring the goals.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-3-1-2] Martial and Rashford lead the line, Fernandes in support? Diallo off the bench to show his stuff against Everton?

Manchester United will entertain Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. The match previously scheduled to be played on Monday 8th February 2021 but United’s participation in the Emirates FA Cup meant that the match was brought forward. United will be going into this game in full confidence after their 9-0 humiliation of Southampton on Tuesday evening which saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Jan Bednarek (own goal), Edinson Cavani, an Anthony Martial brace, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Daniel James all get on the scoresheet.

Everton beat Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday evening with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the scoresheet. United have met Everton a total of 205 times in all competitions, winning 90 times, drawing 45 and losing 70 times. United were last beaten by Everton on the 21 April 2019, a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park in the Premier League. In the four matches played since, there have been two 1-1 draws at both Goodison Park and Old Trafford but in the last two meetings, United have won; 3-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park and 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

How United have faired against Everton in the Premier League.

United and Everton have met 57 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 37 times, drawing 11 times and losing nine times. United have scored a total of 105 goals, conceding 54 with United winning five penalties and scoring four with Everton winning four and scoring three. United have kept 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. United have received 74 yellow cards and two red cards. Everton have received 107 yellow cards and three red cards. United had a cracking result against Southampton, with nine goals being scored, which will be a massive confidence boost for the Red Devils.

In the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the first half and Mason Greenwood levelling the score in the 77th minute. At Goodison Park last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring in the third minute and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute. United have played Everton at Goodison Park twice this season, winning both. In the Premier League it was a 3-1 victory to United with Bernard opening the scoring in the 19 minute with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace and Edinson Cavani getting the other. In the Carabao Cup, United won 2-0 with Cavani and Anthony Martial scoring the goals.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has kept nine clean sheets in all competitions this season, seven of which were in the Premier League. In the last two matches, De Gea kept clean sheets, the 0-0 draw with Arsenal and the 9-0 victory over Southampton. Dean Henderson is a good goalkeeper to have at the club and in the future he seems to be destined to become the number one at the club, but for the time being, playing in cup matches might be his experience, unless Solskjaer needs to rotate his goalkeepers. De Gea is getting back to his best. There have been a few stutters here and there but the improvement is there to be seen.

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

United’s defence have kept two clean sheets on the bounce, which is a good sign. In the Premier League, they have conceded 27 goals this season but United have outscored their conceded goals, scoring a total of 46 inn the league, which leave a positive of 19 in goal difference. This is a sign of improvement. Clean sheets are good but they don’t always happen, so to outscore the opposition is the way to win, Sir Alex Ferguson style. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will keep their places at fullback with Harry Maguire keeping his place. With Eric Bailly again being a doubt, Victor Lindelof will keep his place in the team.

Midfield Three: Donny van de Beek, Fred, Paul Pogba

I predicted this midfield for the Southampton match but Paul Pogba was rested, which is a god break for him after a period of good form. I would like to see the trio of Pogba, Fred and Donny van de Beek across the midfield with Bruno Fernandes playing in the advanced role behind the forward(s). Van de Beek has played so few matches this season that it is due to flurry of matches to get himself into contention. He’s got one goal to his name this season, which is a good start. Fred has been immense at times and the Pogba we have right now is the one we have always wanted in the famous red shirt of Manchester United.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes is an important player for United this season. Some suggest that United are a one-man team with him goals and assists this season but Marcus Rashford is one goal behind him, so that is hardly being reliant on one player. If you look at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has 21 goals with Sadio Mane on 10, so reliance is down to the eye of the beholder, obviously. Fernandes has been good all season, apart from a few matches here and there. He will have been ecstatic with the 9-0 victory over Southampton, scoring a penalty and assisting twice. It puts him in good form again just as a tough match comes around.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial scored a brace against Southampton and looked to have regained some confidence, which is a good sign. Marcus Rashford was on the scoresheet too after a few matches without a goal. Rashford has 16 goals this season with Martial on seven, which is not the greatest of numbers but many goals have been coning from other areas, which is even better. Between Rashford and Martial, 23 goals have been scored with a further 16 assists. Edinson Cavani came off at half time against the Saints with an ankle injury, his six goals and two assists are important. If he’s fit, I think he will start once again, leaving Martial on the bench.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe; Juan Mata, Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood

United cane name nine substitutes on the bench, using three of them. It seems likely that Dean Henderson will remain on the bench with David De Gea in good form. In defence, Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles could be utilised, should they be required. In midfield, Juan Mata, Amad Diallo, Daniel James and Scott McTominay could provide some cover and/or inspiration if it is required. The young Ivorian made a great start playing for the U23’s last weekend with a goal and a penalty and it will be great to see him in action. In attack, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood will be available to bolster the attacking options, should they be needed.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Manchester United full in confidence to maul the Toffees; Diallo to have some involvement on the bench?

Manchester United -v- Everton

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Saturday 6 February 2021, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: Marc Perry, Dan Robathan

Fourth Official: Andy Madley

VAR: Andre Marriner Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

Manchester United will entertain Everton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. The match previously scheduled to be played on Monday 8th February 2021 but United’s participation in the Emirates FA Cup meant that the match was brought forward. United will be going into this game in full confidence after their 9-0 humiliation of Southampton on Tuesday evening which saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Jan Bednarek (own goal), Edinson Cavani, an Anthony Martial brace, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Daniel James all get on the scoresheet.

Everton beat Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday evening with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the scoresheet. United have met Everton a total of 205 times in all competitions, winning 90 times, drawing 45 and losing 70 times. United were last beaten by Everton on the 21 April 2019, a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park in the Premier League. In the four matches played since, there have been two 1-1 draws at both Goodison Park and Old Trafford but in the last two meetings, United have won; 3-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park and 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

Manchester United: WDLWWD

Southampton 9-0 W, Arsenal 0-0 D, Sheffield United 1-2 L, Liverpool 3-2 W, Fulham 2-1 W, Liverpool 0-0 D

Everton: WLDWWW

Leeds United 2-1 W, Newcastle United 2-0 L, Leicester City 1-1 D, Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 W, Rotherham United 2-1 W

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes (17) and Marcus Rashford (16) lead the goalscoring table for United whilst Dominic Calvert-Lewin (16) tops the table for Everton.

Manchester United Goals: 17 – Bruno Fernandes, 16 – Marcus Rashford, 7 – Anthony Martial, 6 – Edinson Cavani, 5 – Scott McTominay, 4 – Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba, 3 – Daniel James, 2 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, Own Goal, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 1 – Victor Lindelof, Donny van de Beek

In the last six matches, United have won three, drawn twice and lost once. Including the nine goals scored against Southampton on Tuesday evening, United have scored 15 goals, conceding five and keeping three clean sheets. It was some turn of a corner against the Saints with United scoring one goal in the previous two matches; a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United and a 0-0 draw with Arsenal. United will be in full confidence ahead of the clash with Everton, especially as United need to try and close the gap with Manchester City, who are the current Premier League leaders.

Everton Goals: 16 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 6 – Richarlison, 4 – Michael Keane, James Rodríguez, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 3 – Yerry Mina, 2 – Bernard, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, 1 – Mason Holgate, Cenk Tosun

In their past six matches, Everton have won four, drawn once and lost once. The Toffees have scored ten goals, conceding six goals and keeping one clean sheet. It is not great form considering the teams that the club has played in those matches; Leeds United, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rotherham United. The victory over Leeds will be a confidence booster after a 2-0 defeat to the Magpies in the match prior, which was kind of similar for United, who lost to the Blades and draw to the Gunners in their last two matches. This could be another good game to watch.

Team News: Two players on the sidelines for both United and Everton. The Red Devils and the Toffees will be sweating on the fitness of one other player.

Phil Jones (knee) is ruled out and Eric Bailly (other) is a doubt for the clash against Everton on Saturday evening. Edinson Cavani (ankle) came off at half time in the 9-0 victory over Southampton but should be fine to play against the Toffees. There is a possibility that Amad Diallo could be involved in some way in this match, which would be good for both the player and the club. United allowed both Jesse Lingard, who scored a brace on his West Ham United debut and Facundo Pellistri leave on loan and Marcos Rojo left the club permanently during the January transfer window.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf/shin/heel) has been ruled out of the visit to Old Trafford to face United on Saturday evening. Jordan Pickford (rib) missed the victory over Leeds United on Wednesday evening and at the moment there is a 50% chance that he could feature against United at the Theatre of Dreams. Allan Marques Loureiro (thigh) has a 25% chance of being available for this match, which seems unlikely. Everton will be seeking to climb up the Premier League table with two games in hand over four of the five clubs above them at this point this season. League leaders Manchester City also have one game in hand over the teams they top.

Predicted Starting XI: Martial and Rashford to lead the line against Everton, supported by Fernandes? Pogba, Fred and Van de Beek in midfield? Diallo to be involved on the bench?

Edinson Cavani has a 50% chance of featuring this weekend because of an ankle injury. That might change after Solskjaer addresses the media on Friday. With hat in mind, I expect Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to start, possible leading the line as a duo with Bruno Fernandes in behind them. A three-man midfield of Paul Pogba, Fred and Donny van de Beek could be a positive and attacking team with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw completing the back four just ahead of David De Gea. I would like to see Amad Diallo on the bench for United, which could add something late in the game.

Match Prediction: 57 matches played between United and Everton. United have won 37 times, drawn 11 times and lost nine times. 105 goals have been scored by United with 54 being conceded between the two teams. United will be in the driving seat based on current confidence.

United and Everton have met 57 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 37 times, drawing 11 times and losing nine times. United have scored a total of 105 goals, conceding 54 with United winning five penalties and scoring four with Everton winning four and scoring three. United have kept 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. United have received 74 yellow cards and two red cards. Everton have received 107 yellow cards and three red cards. United had a cracking result against Southampton, with nine goals being scored, which will be a massive confidence boost for the Red Devils.

In the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the first half and Mason Greenwood levelling the score in the 77th minute. At Goodison Park last season, it was a 1-1 draw with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring in the third minute and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute. United have played Everton at Goodison Park twice this season, winning both. In the Premier League it was a 3-1 victory to United with Bernard opening the scoring in the 19 minute with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace and Edinson Cavani getting the other. In the Carabao Cup, United won 2-0 with Cavani and Anthony Martial scoring the goals.

Manchester United 3-1 Everton

Written by John Walker

Ratings: Cavani and Martial score to knock Everton out of the Carabao Cup; another clean sheet for Henderson

Manchester United beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, earning a place in the semi-final of the competition. It was a big first half for United, who could have scored multiple goals having more chances in the half. It took 88 minutes before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found the back of the net with Edinson Cavani opening the scoring. Both Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford had opportunities to double United’s lead, missing their chances but Anthony Martial scored the second goal at the death to secure the victory.

United started their second match of the season at Goodison Park on good stead, attacking from the very start of the match. Edinson Cavani was the first player to be praised for his thinking as he had many opportunities to carve a lead for United in the first 25 minutes of the match. United pushed Everton into their own half for much of the half, carving out chance after chance. Paul Pogba could have opened the scoring inside the first 30 minutes after an Alex Telles header found the Frenchman, who headed directly at the keeper as he could not get enough power on his effort on goal.

In the 37th minute of the match, Everton won a free-kick with Gylfi Sigurdsson stepping up to take it. He hit the target but Dean Henderson, who started once again in the Carabao Cup, made a great save to deny the midfielder, giving away a corner which United dealt with. It was a positive half, more so for United who had ten shots on goal, four of those on target and more than 60% of the ball, doing a lot more than their hosts with it. Everton had four shots on goal, three of which were on target. It was all still to play for in the fixture with both teams looking to find the back of the net in the second half.

Inside the first ten minutes of the second half, Richarlison seemed to be caught between both Eric Bailly, who was rising for the ball and Bruno Fernandes, who was protecting Bailly and the defence. Richarlison seemed to be winded and unable to continue and was then replaced by Bernard. Paul Pogba was booked in the 57th minute for a challenge, which looked like nothing in my opinion. United had a good chance through Fernandes in the 61st minute, but he was well off target and seemed annoyed with himself. Solskjaer was getting ready for a double substitution the 64th minute of the match with United wanting to win this match.

Solskjaer made his double substitution in the 67th minute with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial replacing Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood. United had a few opportunities after the substitutions to make the difference but with eight minutes of the match left, it was still 0-0 with both teams trying to do enough to get that elusive goal to win the game and put the winning team into the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. Solskjaer made his final substitution in the 84th minute with Luke Shaw replacing Telles. United found the back of the net in the 88th minute of the match.

Edinson Cavani slotted home superbly after being played in by Martial with a great pass. The Uruguayan got his fourth goal for United effectively putting them into the semi-final of the competition with rivals Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Championship side Brentford. United did have a further chance in the five minutes of added time through both Fernandes and Rashford, but were unable to cement the victory. In the last minute of added time, Martial, played on by Rashford, scored the second goal of the match. It was a good fitness test for United and a better win after they found the back of the net.

Manchester United

26 Dean Henderson

Made a great save to deny Sigurdsson in the first half of the match.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

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3 Eric Bailly

Looked to have been injured in the match after a collision with Richarlison in the second half, but he continued, which was a good sign after his injury record being dreadful at United.

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5 Harry Maguire

Led the side well against Everton and did everything he could to keep the home side at bay in this Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.

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27 Alex Telles

His crossing of the ball is impeccable and an improvement on Shaw's efforts. The Brazilian continued to play well against Everton and saw a good free-kick sail over the crossbar. He was replaced by Shaw in the 84th minute of the match.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Started once again but despite United carving chances, especially in the opening stages of the match, the Dutchman just did not seem to get a mark on the match. He was replaced by Rashford in the 67th minute of the match.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Played well against Everton. There was nothing to write home about but he protected the defence, who kept another clean sheet in the Carabao Cup this season.

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6 Paul Pogba

Played well. His quick reaction with a header from a corner showed his reading of the game.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

He won't be happy with his misses on a frustrating night in Liverpool. He was once again one of the main players in the match, aiming to propel his side forward. He was very happy that Cavani scored in the 88th minute.

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11 Mason Greenwood

He was not perhaps the liveliest player on the pitch but he did what was needed against Everton. He was replaced by Martial in the 67th minute of the match.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Had many chances on goal and was perhaps unlucky to not score in the first 25 minutes of the match. He did find the back of the net in the 88th minute of the match, opening the scoring in the match and putting United ahead. It was a great finish too.

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Substitutes

9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Greenwood 67'. Came on at add more attacking intent and will be thankful of the break he got by not starting. Scored United's second goal at the death, which secured the victory.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Van de Beek 67'. Came on like Martial at add more attacking intent and did just that. He got another assist for Martial's finish, making him one of the players to score and assist many goals this season (12 goals four assists).

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23 Luke Shaw

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Goals: Edinson Cavani 88′, Anthony Martial 90+6′

Assists: Anthony Martial 88′, Marcus Rashford 90+6′

Manchester United: Henderson; Tuanzebe, Bailly, Maguire, Telles (Shaw 84′); Van de Beek (Rashford 67′), Matic, Pogba; Fernandes; Greenwood (Martial 67′), Cavani

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Fosu-Mensah; Lingard, Fred

Bookings: Paul Pogba 57′, Axel Tuanzebe 90′, Luke Shaw 90+4′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names team to face Everton in Carabao Cup quarter-final

Manchester United will take a break from the Premier League this evening as they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton for the second time this season, this time in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. United topped the Merseyside club on Sunday with a 6-2 victory over Leeds United in the Premier League – their biggest scoring victory in the league this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to get his team to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup this season in bid to win his first trophy as manager of the club, which has so far avoided him, losing three semi-finals so far. United may need to rotate some players for this match.

United will take on Leicester City in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day (Saturday), kicking off at 12:30 GMT. It is important that United continue to keep winning in the league and resting some important players, keeping them fresh for the remaining three matches, after Everton, which are to be played between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Everton could be a tough team to beat, although at Goodison Park on the 7 November, United won 3-1 with a brace from Bruno Fernandes and a late goal scored by Edinson Cavani, who is fit once again for United and could perhaps start this match?

Manchester United:

Henderson;

Tuanzebe, Bailly, Maguire, Telles;

Van de Beek, Matic, Pogba;

Fernandes;

Greenwood, Cavani

Substitutes:

Grant; Shaw, Fosu-Mensah; Lingard, Fred; Martial, Rashford

Everton:

Olsen;

Coleman, Mina, Keane, Godfrey;

Doucoure, Gomes;

Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison;

Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes:

Pickford; Kenny, Holgate; Davies; Tosun, Bernard, Gordon

United and Everton have met 15 times in domestic cup competitions, 12 times in the FA Cup and three times in the League Cup. United have won seven times, lost eight times and drawn once (which led to a defeat on penalties which is included in the losses). United have scored a total of 13 goals, conceding 14 and keeping six clean sheets. The last time United met Everton in a cup competition was in the FA Cup semi-final on the 23 April 2016, winning 2-1 with Marouane Fellaini opening the scoring in the 34th minute, Chris Smalling scoring an own goal in the 75th minute and Anthony Martial scoring the winner in the 90th minute.

In the Premier League it is a different story with 57 matches being played with United winning 37, drawing 11 and losing nine. United have scored 15 goals, winning five penalties and scoring four. Everton have scored 54 times, winning four penalties, scoring three. United have kept 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping just nine. Earlier this season, United beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park. Bernard opened the scoring in the 19th minute then Bruno Fernandes scored a brace in the 25th and 32nd minutes with Edinson Cavani scoring the winner two minutes into added time. United will be looking for a similar result on Wednesday evening.

Written by John Walker

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