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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

Broke forward a lot of the time in the opening stages of the match and even broke into the box but could not gather the ball to find an advantage.

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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

Replaced Telles 84'. Came on late in the game. Booked for a challenge. Did what he needed to do in the victory.

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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

Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Cavani, James, Van de Beek and Greenwood to lead the line against Everton; Pogba, Bailly and Henderson to start too?

Manchester United will take a break from the Premier League on Wednesday 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?

How United have faired against Everton in domestic cup competitions and the Premier League.

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.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Everton in the Carabao Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson did not exactly have the best match against his former loan club Sheffield United, a match which saw him concede two goals, although United won 3-2, taking all three points in the Premier League. The 23-year-old was on the bench against Leeds United on Sunday, a match in which United scored six goals, conceding two – rising to third in the Premier League. With David de Gea playing a lot of football recently, and the fact United will travel to Leicester City in the early kick off on Boxing Day, resting the Spanish number one for this match could be a good choice with Henderson needing minutes to bed himself in at the club.

Defenders: Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

United’s defence will need somme rotation this week with another three matches to play after the Everton match up until New Year’s Day. Solskjaer has a few options. He could start Brandon Williams in the right-back position (Tim Fosu-Mensah could also be called upon). At left-back, Alex Telles could start ahead of Luke Shaw, who was ill in the running up to the clash with Leeds and came off after an hour. In the centre of defence, Eric Bailly could start once again with Harry Maguire, but the manager also has the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, who could both be available to start this week.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

The midfield is an area that needs a lot of focus, especially when there are trophies on the line, as is the case with the Carabao Cup. United would like to be in the semi-final draw and will try their best in order to get there. On Sunday against Leeds, Scott McTominay scored a brace inside three minutes but was injured at the end of the match, therefore is likely to miss this one. Fred also played and may require a rest to continue playing so often. Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were both rested, so could start this match in the pivot roles, which could set United up well against Everton for the second time this season.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Donny van de Beek, Daniel James

United will need to be at the top of their game in the attacking areas. Marcus Rashford (12) and Bruno Fernandes (13) lead the goalscoring charts at the club at this stage of the season but could both be on the bench, giving them a slight break ahead of the trip to Leicester on Boxing Day. Mason Greenwood could start on the right-wing, which has been a problem position for United over the years with Daniel James on the left-wing, after his goal against Leeds at the weekend. In between the duo, Donny van de Beek could play in place of Fernandes as he seeks to show his manager what he has to offer for his new club.

Forwards: Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani has to start this match against Everton. In his last visit to Goodison Park, he scored United’s third goal in the match sealing the victory for United. He has been injured of late and might miss some matches in January depending on the result of his charge by the FA after that social media post which seems to have been taken out of context. Cavani is capable of doing well for United, despite his age. His three goals already this season matches those of Anthony Martial, who could be rested for this match to keep him fresh for the weekend with United seeking to continue their rise in the Premier League table.

Substitutes: David De Gea; Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Facundo Pellistri; Marcus Rashford

In the Premier League, nine players are now allowed to be named on the bench but in the Carabao Cup only seven players can be named on the bench with a maximum of three being used in the competition. David De Gea could be on the bench, just in case he is needed in goal. In defence, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe could be called upon should there be a requirement for them. In midfield, the experience of Juan Mata and Bruno Fernandes could be good with the raw talent of Facundo Pellistri. In attack, Marcus Rashford could be there in case the forwards that start the match are not able to do the job needed.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Everton -v- Manchester United – Carabao Cup – United aiming to beat the Toffees to get closer to cup glory?

Everton -v- Manchester United

Carabao Cup

Goodison Park, Liverpool

Wednesday 23 December 2020, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Andrew Madley  Assistants: Edward Smart, Adrain Holmes 

Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

Manchester United will take a break from the Premier League on Wednesday 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: WWDLWL

Leeds United 6-2 W, Sheffield United 3-2 W, Manchester City 0-0 D, RB Leipzig 3-2 L, West Ham United 3-1 W, Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 L

Everton: WWWDLW

Arsenal 2-1 W, Leicester City 2-0 W, Chelsea 1-0 W, Burnley 1-1 D, Leeds United 1-0 L, Fulham 3-2 W

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have scored 25 goals between them this season with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring 14 goals himself this season. United have 12 different goalscorer with Everton having 11 – one of which is no longer at the club.

Manchester United Goals: 13 – Bruno Fernandes, 12 – Marcus Rashford, 3 – Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, 2 – Daniel James, Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 1 – Own Goal, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United seem to have turned a corner after their poor start to the Premier League season. Still with a game in hand over many of the clubs in the league, United sit in third place, which is where they finished last season. They are five points adrift of league leaders, Liverpool. Solskjaer’s side have done well this season, finding their form and grinding out results, often coming from behind to win all three points. This may not be idea but the squad is work in progress and still has some problems which need to be fixed. In the coming few months, United could start to silence some of their critics but they will just find something else to moan about.

Everton Goals: 14 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 5 – Richarlison, 3 – Michael Keane, James Rodríguez, 2 – Bernard, Moise Kean, Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 1 – Abdoulaye Doucouré, Mason Holgate, Alex Iwobi

Everton started the season in fine form and topped the league table on a few occasions. However, recently, their form has been inconsistent but they are seeking to overcome that. In their last six matches, the Toffees have won four, drawn once and lost once, with United having won three, drawn once and lost twice. United sit just above Everton in the Premier League table, on goal difference, which shows that there is something positive happening at both clubs this season. This match will be entirely different though. Everton hold the cards against United in cup competitions, winning eight and losing seven of the 15 ties played so far.

Team News: Two players definitely out of action for United with McTominay a doubt. Everton have four players on the sidelines with Rodriguez a doubt at this moment in time – but that could change before Wednesday’s clash at Goodison Park.

Phil Jones (knee) will be out of action until next year, not that he was named in a playing squad this season anyway. Marcos Rojo (calf) could be back in action in early to mid-January but he has not played any football so far this season. Luke Shaw (illness) came off on the hour mark, so could be a doubt for the Everton match and Scott McTominay (groin) came off in the final minutes in the 6-2 victory over Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday and will need to be assessed in the coming days. He has a 25% chance of featuring against Everton on Wednesday at this moment in time.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf/shin), Fabian Delph (thigh), Lucas Digne (ankle/foot) and Allan Marques Loureiro (thigh) all look set to be ruled out of the Carabao Cup clash with United at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening. James Rodriguez (calf/shin) has been out of action for the past three Premier League matches and has a 50% chance of featuring for his club against United this week. Other than that, Everton look to have a full squad, which could be a benefit for them with United playing more matches than them recently, which again could be an advantage or a disadvantage.

Predicted Starting XI: Edinson Cavani, Daniel James, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood to lead the attack against Everton?

Solskjaer will need to keep some freshness in his team ahead of the remainder of the fixtures during the Festive period. United will play every three days until New Year’s Day, before they have a longer break of seven days before they face Watford in the Emirates FA Cup. Edinson Cavani, Daniel James, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood could lead the line with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in midfield. In defence, Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Alex Telles could all play in front of Dean Henderson, who should continue in United’s Carabao Cup pursuit this season.

Match Prediction: 15 Matches played in domestic cup competitions between United and Everton with United winning seven and Everton winning eight.

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.

Everton 2-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Player Ratings: Bruno Fernandes the Man of the Match with two goals and one assist; Fred did well, Edinson Cavani opens his account

Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had a bad start after Bernard opened the scoring in the 19th minute of the match but Bruno Fernandes headed home six minutes later to level the score. The Portuguese midfield then played a cross into the box in the 32nd minute of the match with Marcus Rashford looking to make the connection and the ball beat Jordan Pickford to put United into the lead but it never touched Rashford and the goal was claimed by Fernandes. Edinson Cavani opened his account for United in added time to secure a 3-1 victory for United.

United started the match confidently, moving the ball around crisply in the opening stages of the match. Everton had a chance in the sixth minute after James Rodrigues switched the play to find Bernard on the left with the Brazilian heading his effort over the crossbar. Lucas Digne found himself free on the left two minutes later but his cross was deflected by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. After a good few minutes for Everton and a Marcus Rashford shot at the other end, the home side took the lead on the 19th minute through Bernard after Jordan Pickford launched the ball up field with Victor Lindelof flicking it into Bernard who found the bottom left-hand corner.

The lead did not last long though with United getting on the attack. Juan Mata found Luke Shaw free on the left with the fullback whipping the ball into the box for the unmarked Bruno Fernandes who met the ball with a powerful header into the far corner of the net scoring his fifth goal of the season. United were level at last. Everton had a few close calls to restore their lead again with Dominic Calvert-Lewin hitting the post in the 28th minute. In the 32nd United took the lead with Fernandes crossing into the box, finding Marcus Rashford with the ball seemingly coming off his head and beating Pickford, however, it was Fernandes’ goal. 2-1 to United.

It was a good half for United in the fact that once again they conceded the first goal, then got themselves back into the match, which is a good sign. Fernandes has been a class addition to United’s squad and the fact he has scored and assisted as many goals as he has for the club is a showing of the class and ability that he has as a player. I feel sorry for the Ole out brigade who won’t like any positivity to weaken their negativity, which is quite pathetic of them. They seem to be dreaming of another manager coming to the club, only to turn against them 18 months later. Imagine a time where the Arsenal fans were just like this – the button has been handed over now.

Fernandes, who was struggling with a knock at the end of the first half, continued into the second half for United. He was booked in the 50th minute of the match though for a late tackle on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Everton looked to be gaining ground around the hour mark of the match with Seamus Coleman playing the ball to James Rodriguez with the Colombian playing it back to him, only for him to run into the box and try and score a solo goal. Lindelof closed him down and United made the clearance to avert the danger. Harry Maguire should have won a penalty for a culmination of fouls from Pickford and Michael Keane but nothing was given.

Solskjaer made his first substitution in the 67th minute of the match with Axel Tuanzebe replacing Shaw, who seemed to be carrying a knock. Everton then tried to get themselves back into the match, searching for that elusive equaliser, which did not seem to be on the cards for the toffees. In the 82nd minute of the match, Solskjaer made a double substitution with Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani replacing Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. Fernandes has to be the Man of the Match today but Fred has played well too, which is good to see. Edinson Cavani opened up his account with a good finish in added time, which is something he will be pleased about.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Conceded the first goal on his 30th birthday, which will not be something that he's happy about. Restored the faith from there with United then equalising, then taking the lead.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

His defending was top drawer once again. He did get forward a few times and I would still like to see more attacking, but I get that he's not the attacking fullback that I might crave. It was a positive match for the fullback though.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Allowed Bernard to get past him for the opening goal for Everton. Not the best start for him in this match. However, he seemed more aware after that goal. Lindelof made a crucial collection of the ball early in the second half to restore his earlier mistake.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain seemed to be unlucky against Everton. At the start of the second half, he was fouled in the box and should have looked to claim a penalty but VAR gave nothing. He led the team from behind and saw them get ahead and remain on top for the large part of the match.

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23 Luke Shaw

Got forward a lot of the time against Everton. Played in a sublime cross which met the head of Fernandes to level the match for United. It seemed to be a good match for Shaw, although he looks to have suffered a knock or a niggle and was replaced by Tuanzebe in the 67th minute of the match.

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17 Fred

Fred may not be a started the majority of the time but what he offers in midfield is great. He can chase his man, mark his man and most of the time show some positivity in his role at the club.

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39 Scott McTominay

I don't understand why people moan when he starts. His work rate, desire, determination and ability to track back and win the ball is what a midfielder needs to do. When Pogba plays, he does none of this.

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8 Juan Mata

It was good to see him start once again for United. He offered a lot. Yes, his pace is a problem but his footballing brain is what makes him a good player. He was involved in some good football against Everton. He was replaced by Pogba in the 82nd minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

He's back in form again. Scored a brilliant header to equalise for United, assisted by Shaw. Then minutes later, played a cross into Rashford, who went for the ball and beat Pickford. However, Rashford did not make contract with the ball for Fernandes was on a hat-trick.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Looked to have scored late in the first half but at a closer look, he never made contact with the ball and it was a Fernandes goal. He got forward a lot and played some good football.

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9 Anthony Martial

Great to see him back and starting in the Premier League after his suspension. Two goals in the Champions League will have kept him raring to go for his club. The Frenchman was replaced by Cavani in the 82nd minute of the match.

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Substitutes

38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Shaw 67'. Played well after replacing Shaw. United seemed to be comfortable in defence, which was a good sign after that poor match in Turkey this week.

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6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Mata 82'. Came on late in the game to help steer United to victory. He was involved in some good play but I feel he needs to do more to become a starter again.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Replaced Martial 82'. Led the line well for United for the remainder of the match. Opened his account for his new club with United's third goal of the game in added time.

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Goals: Bernard 19′; Bruno Fernandes 25′, 32′, Edinson Cavani 90+5′

Assists: Luke Shaw 25′, Bruno Fernandes 90+5′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Tuanzebe 67′); Fred, McTominay; Mata (Pogba 82′), Fernandes, Rashford; Martial (Cavani 82′)

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

Bookings: Mason Holgate 34′, Allan 45+4′, Cenk Tosun 86′, Abdoulaye Doucoure 88′; Bruno Fernandes 50′, Fred 83′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Lindelof, Fred and Martial return to the starting XI; Pogba, Van de Beek and Cavani on the bench

Manchester United are back in Premier League action this afternoon as they face Everton at Goodison Park. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost their last two matches, as have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United with both managers seeking to return to winning ways ahead of the last international break of 2020. Everton last won four matches ago when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 in the Premier League at the start of October whereas United last won just over a week ago when they punished RB Leipzig 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Solskjaer will be under pressure, especially with rumours that suggest the club has contacted Mauricio Pochettino.

The thing is, the problems at the club have been endured by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer but so-called supporters of the club will always blame the current manager, not the factor that only one of the main contributors of the problems; Ed Woodward and the Glazers are the only thing that has been present during each and every problem that the managers of the club has faced. There are few players who have been present since Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him so to blame one man for everything shows that people do not think about things, that just open their mouthes, which without thought is pointless.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Fred, McTominay;

Mata, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Henderson; Tuanzebe; Pogba, James, Matic, Van de Beek; Cavani

Everton:

Pickford;

Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne;

Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson;

Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard

Substitutes:

Olsen; Mina, Godfrey; Gomes, Davies; Tosun, Iwobi

United and Everton have played a total of 56 times in the history of the Premier League with United winning 36 times, Everton winning nine times and the two teams drawing 11 times. United have scored a total of 102 goals; winning five penalties and scoring four of them. Everton have scored a total of 53 goals; winning four penalties, scoring three of them. United have kept a total of 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. In terms of discipline, United have been shown a total of 72 yellow cards with two red cards whereas Everton have been shown a total of 103 yellow cards with three red cards being shown.

Last season at Goodison Park, which was played on the 1 March 2020, before the coronavirus lockdown, it was a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Dominic Calvert-Lewin opening the scoring in the third minute of the match and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute, assisted by Nemanja Matic. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 15 December 2019, almost three months earlier, it was also a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the 36th minute of the match and Mason Greenwood, assisted by Daniel James, scoring the equaliser in the 77th minute of the match.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-3-1-2] Rashford and Martial to lead against Everton; Fernandes, Van de Beek, Fred and McTominay in midfield?

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday as they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost their last two matches, as have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United with both managers seeking to return to winning ways ahead of the last international break of 2020. Everton last won four matches ago when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 in the Premier League at the start of October whereas United last won just over a week ago when they punished RB Leipzig 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Solskjaer will be under pressure, especially with rumours that suggest the club has contacted Mauricio Pochettino.

The thing is, the problems at the club have been endured by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer but so-called supporters of the club will always blame the current manager, not the factor that only one of the main contributors of the problems; Ed Woodward and the Glazers are the only thing that has been present during each and every problem that the managers of the club has faced. There are few players who have been present since Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him so to blame one man for everything shows that people do not think about things, that just open their mouthes, which without thought is pointless.

How United have faired against Everton in the Premier League.

United and Everton have played a total of 56 times in the history of the Premier League with United winning 36 times, Everton winning nine times and the two teams drawing 11 times. United have scored a total of 102 goals; winning five penalties and scoring four of them. Everton have scored a total of 53 goals; winning four penalties, scoring three of them. United have kept a total of 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. In terms of discipline, United have been shown a total of 72 yellow cards with two red cards whereas Everton have been shown a total of 103 yellow cards with three red cards being shown.

Last season at Goodison Park, which was played on the 1 March 2020, before the coronavirus lockdown, it was a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Dominic Calvert-Lewin opening the scoring in the third minute of the match and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute, assisted by Nemanja Matic. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 15 December 2019, almost three months earlier, it was also a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the 36th minute of the match and Mason Greenwood, assisted by Daniel James, scoring the equaliser in the 77th minute of the match.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

In recent weeks, David De Gea has started to overturn his poor form and started to make waves in the right direction. After a lot of football recently, I can see why he was rested against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday evening and after beating both Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, United could afford a loss in the group stages, as long as they rediscover their form against the Turkish side at Old Trafford in just under three weeks time. De Gea has a lot of experience and can help United get the results that they need but his teammates will have to become better and more consistent for that to happen and that is where the worry is right now.

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

United need a defence that can be trusted and against Istanbul Basaksehir, that was not likely. During both goals, the defence were nowhere near their positions and poor Dean Henderson’s debut in the Champions League was hampered by conceding two goals, his first two goals conceded in his United career. Roy Keane could be right that the leadership in the team is poor, especially from the captain. United should not be caught out the way they were, definitely not twice. These players are meant to be professional. They should be playing each match like it could be their last for the club. I want to see a ruthless streak from United and the manager.

Midfield Three: Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred

The diamond midfield formation will not work against every opponent just because it worked against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig. It is a good position to start with or even revert to but United will need to respond with different formations throughout a match, changing from attack to defence. A midfield three, behind an attacking midfielder and two forwards could give United some stability but the fullbacks will need to provide most of the width, which might cause more problems with the defence but it is something that this team will need to be able to cope with. Most of them are full internationals so it should not be that tough.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Having one attacking midfielder behind the forwards is a good way to keep the ball moving forward. There will be creative players behind this position; Donny van de Beek for instance, who could look to find Bruno Fernandes or even overlap with the Portuguese midfielder taking the Dutchman’s position in the attacking play. United need to go back to basics as a win is much needed in this match in order for United to head into the international break with a bit of a high – there will be three important matches to play before the end of the month. Solskjaer will need to push his side to get what they need or the pressure will keep coming.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

It will be good to see Anthony Martial back in the Premier League after scoring a goal in each of his last two matches for the club, albeit in the Champions League. United have some depth in the forward ranks this season with Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Odion Ighalo, which is a good sign. Playing two forwards together with a packed out midfield could be the way to beat Everton this weekend, hopefully. Marcus Rashford has seven goals so far this season, two for Martial which is a good start but they need to be finding the back of the net as often as they were after the restart last season after the coronavirus lockdown.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic; Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood

With just three substitutions in the Premier League this season, Solskjaer will not have many options to change the match, should he need to. Dean Henderson will be back on the bench for this match with De Gea being utilised after a rest. In defence, Brandon Williams and Teden Mengi could be called upon. Alex Telles may not have had a negative COVID-19 test before the match, so might be out of action still. In midfield, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic could be called upon should the midfield need reinforcement late in the match. In attack, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood could add something with the Uruguayan seeking a first goal.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Solskjaer must find a victory against Everton or the pressure will continue to grow; the rumours are already rife

Everton -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Goodison Park, Liverpool

Saturday 7 November 2020, KO 12:30 GMT

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett

Fourth Official: Andy Madley

VAR: Michael Oliver Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday as they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost their last two matches, as have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United with both managers seeking to return to winning ways ahead of the last international break of 2020. Everton last won four matches ago when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 in the Premier League at the start of October whereas United last won just over a week ago when they punished RB Leipzig 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Solskjaer will be under pressure, especially with rumours that suggest the club has contacted Mauricio Pochettino.

The thing is, the problems at the club have been endured by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer but so-called supporters of the club will always blame the current manager, not the factor that only one of the main contributors of the problems; Ed Woodward and the Glazers are the only thing that has been present during each and every problem that the managers of the club has faced. There are few players who have been present since Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him so to blame one man for everything shows that people do not think about things, that just open their mouthes, which without thought is pointless.

Manchester United: LLWDWW

Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 L, Arsenal 1-0 L, RB Leipzig 5-0 W, Chelsea 0-0 D, Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 W, Newcastle United 4-1 W

Everton: LLDWWW

Newcastle United 2-1 L, Southampton 2-0 L, Liverpool 2-2 D, Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 W, West Ham United 4-1 W, Crystal Palace 2-1 W

Top Scorers: United need to find the form they are capable of so they can get themselves out of the rut they are in – Everton seem to be in a similar rut after their positive start to the season.

Manchester United Goals: 7 – Marcus Rashford, 4 – Bruno Fernandes, 2 – Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood, 1 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Donny van de Beek, Harry Maguire, Own Goal, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay

United are in a bit of dismay at this moment in time. They have lost two matches on the bounce against both Arsenal in the Premier League and Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League, who they had never played before and who had never won or even scored a goal in the competition. United need to work hard, keep their heads and find a way out of this mess. Solskjaer is not the only person to blame. Some so-called supporters praise the players for winning then moan about the manager for losing. If the manager is not praised for a victory then slated for a loss, the mentality seems to be wrong with these people. Patience is a virtue.

Everton Goals: 11 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 4 – Richarlison, 3 – James Rodríguez, Michael Keane, 2 – Moise Kean, 1 – Alex Iwobi, Bernard, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Yerry Mina

Everton started the Premier League season in fine form, winning their first four matches and drawing against Liverpool in their fifth, but losing matches six and seven. Their great form at the start of the season seems to have disappeared into oblivion and it will be something that they will need to rediscover when they face United. Last season, both fixtures against United, home and away, were 1-1 draws so they will be seeking to win this time, getting back to winning ways. United will be in exactly the same boat after two defeats in their last two matches. One team will emerge from this match with their heads held high – who will it be?

Team News: Anthony Martial back in action after suspension, Victor Lindelof a doubt with lower back injury, Jesse Lingard close to returning for United.

Solskjaer will still be without Eric Bailly (muscular) and Phil Jones (knee) for the clash with Everton on Saturday. Alex Telles (coronavirus) could still be a doubt as he will need to test negative for the virus before he can return to action. Victor Lindelof was on the bench in the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday and has a lower back injury, so he will be subject to late fitness testing ahead of Saturday’s match. Jesse Lingard is getting closer to fitness after being out for a number of weeks but he could still be a doubt for this match, having a 50% chance of featuring for United. Anthony Martial is also back after his three-match suspension in the league.

Ancelotti has a few problems ahead of the visit of United to Goodison Park. Richarlison is suspended and will not feature for his club but Lucas Digne has his three-match suspension reduced to one match, so should be available. Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf/shin/heel) and Mason Holgate (ankle/foot) have been ruled out of facing United. Seamus Coleman (thigh) has a 75% chance of facing United whilst both Andre Gomes (knee) and James Rodriguez (groin/hip/pelvis) have 50% chances of featuring for their club. Ben Godfrey (thigh) has a 25% chance if being available for this important Premier League match at Goodison Park.

Predicted Starting XI: Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to spearhead United’s attack with Bruno Fernandes just behind in a 4-3-1-2 formation?

Solskjaer needs to find the best formation for his squad to find consistency. The diamond formation has worked against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig but it will not work against every club and playing the same formation will become predictable. The formation will need to change during matches, when attacking and defending, which is where the gameplay tactics come in. The starting formation is not really all that important and the players need to take accountability to represent the club on the pitch as the manager can only prepare them for the match, from there it will be up to them all as individuals and as a team.

Match Prediction: 56 Premier League matches played with United winning 36, Everton winning nine and 11 matches being drawn. United and Everton will be seeking to return to winning ways.

United and Everton have played a total of 56 times in the history of the Premier League with United winning 36 times, Everton winning nine times and the two teams drawing 11 times. United have scored a total of 102 goals; winning five penalties and scoring four of them. Everton have scored a total of 53 goals; winning four penalties, scoring three of them. United have kept a total of 24 clean sheets with Everton keeping nine. In terms of discipline, United have been shown a total of 72 yellow cards with two red cards whereas Everton have been shown a total of 103 yellow cards with three red cards being shown.

Last season at Goodison Park, which was played on the 1 March 2020, before the coronavirus lockdown, it was a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Dominic Calvert-Lewin opening the scoring in the third minute of the match and Bruno Fernandes equalising in the 31st minute, assisted by Nemanja Matic. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 15 December 2019, almost three months earlier, it was also a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal in the 36th minute of the match and Mason Greenwood, assisted by Daniel James, scoring the equaliser in the 77th minute of the match.

Everton 1-2 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Fernandes the player with the plaudits in 1-1 Everton draw; De Gea recovered well, Martial played well

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park, meaning neither side has the bragging rights this season with both matches resulting the same. Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring through a David De Gea mistake with Bruno Fernandes scoring his first non-penalty goal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be happy with the result with United needing to win to add pressure to Chelsea, who are still three points clear.

Everton had a great start to the match getting a goal out of nothing in the third minute with David De Gea on the ball and looking to clear it with Dominic Calvert-Lewin rising forward and De Gea clearing the ball, it deflecting off the Everton forward and into the back the of the net. Moments later, Everton were throwing everything they had at United to unsettle them then Nemanja Matic hit the Everton crossbar on an attack.

United got themselves back into the game with an equaliser in the 31st minute of the match through Bruno Fernandes, who scored his third goal of the season for his new club. Nemanja Matic slotted the ball into Fernandes’ path with the Portuguese midfielder taking a few strides with the ball before unleashing his fierce strike on goal, beating Jordan Pickford, who dived the right way to try and make the save. Great goal.

There was some late drama in the match with Everton scoring a second goal at the death of the match, which was questioned by the referee and United’s players. VAR rescinded the goal, which was met with lots of booing from the home crowd. I guess they wanted to cheat to get the win? The drama was not over after the final whistle with Carlo Ancelotti being sent off by the referee – something he deserved for his reaction.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

It was a disaster start for De Gea in conceding a goal from nothing as he left it late to clear the ball from his area with Calvert-Lewin scoring from his block which deflected into the back of the net. The Spanish goalkeeper found his feet soon after with some great saves to deny Everton from capitalising some more.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back did well against Everton although the home side were pressing for much of the match, especially after capitalising from next to nothing to open the scoring. He provided United with some attacking play as they pressure Everton themselves.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The weakest defender at the club at this moment in time. Him playing gives me the same feeling as when Jones and Smalling played together. He has had good performances but seems to worry too much with Bailly a better fit. He was booked in the second half of the match.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain did well, especially with Everton pressing and trying to get the better of United's defence. He made many headed clearances to stop them from taking the lead for a second time in the match.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back did well against Everton and tried to help his side get forward to try and capitalise from the match. He was booked in the first half after things got quite nasty with Calvert-Lewin.

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39 Scott McTominay

Did well, especially considering his long-term injury and the fact he does not seem to be rusty at all, especially when it comes to match fitness. He helped United in midfield and his teammates will thank him for that. He was replaced in the 72nd minute of the match by Mata.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The veteran Serbian midfield did his bit in the match against Everton. After United conceded in the third minute, he had a shot on goal, hitting the crossbar. He provided the assist for Fernandes' equaliser in the 31st minute of the match. Some commanding play from the Serbian.

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17 Fred

Fred has been a good player to have at the club for the majority of the season. He got stuck into Everton today. He was booked in the second half for a handball, giving Everton a free-kick which came to nothing. He was incensed by the booking as the ball hit his thigh, looking at the replay.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

MOTM for me. His thunderous effort on goal to equalise for United was stunning. Three goals and two assists in six appearances shows what United were missing. A great player to have in this team. United now seem to have a purpose.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old played well, partnering Martial in attack against Everton. Whilst he did not score, he did play well and looked to capitalise at every opportunity that he had. He is largely inexperienced but has done well this season, showing what a player United could have in a few years time. He was replaced by Ighalo in the 82nd minute of the match.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman played well against Everton and did his bit defensively also, which was good to see. However, on an attack, Martial or Greenwood were not really in positions that could have benefited some of the time, which may have cost United.

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Substitutes

8 Juan Mata

Replaced McTominay 72'. Brought on to add something in midfield with McTominay seeming tired. Could have become creator in the final minute of the match after Pickford made a great double save to debt United.

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Review & Ratings: Fernandes the player with the plaudits in 1-1 Everton draw; De Gea recovered well, Martial played well

Replaced Greenwood 72'. Could have scored again today. Mata set something up with Pickford making a save with the ball falling to Ighalo and Pickford making another save.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Martial 89'. Came on in the final minute with three minutes of added time to be played. Got involved in an attack, which came to nothing for United.

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Goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 3′; Bruno Fernandes 31′

Assists: Nemanja Matic 31′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay (Mata 72′), Matic, Fred; Fernandes; Greenwood (Ighalo 72′), Martial (Williams 89′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Lingard, Pereira

Bookings: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 41′, Tom Davies 43′, Djibril Sidibe 80′; Luke Shaw 40′, Harry Maguire 45′, Victor Lindelof 56′, Fred 70′

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial and Greenwood lead the line, Fernandes in behind against Everton; Ighalo on the bench

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action this afternoon when they travel to Goodison Park to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been in good form in recent weeks and are currently undefeated in their last seven matches in all competitions. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has been great for United and with the way Odion Ighalo has played so far, goals are coming.

United currently sit three points outside the top four with Chelsea clinging on to their fourth placed position at this moment in time. However, with them facing Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon with the home side seeking to break away from the relegation places, beating Everton on Sunday will be important for United, to maintain the pressure on Chelsea win, draw or lose.

United will be entering another busy period with at least two matches each week for the foreseeable future with Derby County (away), Manchester City (home), LASK (away), Tottenham Hotspur (home), LASK (home) all coming before the first international break of 2020. United beat Club Brugge 5-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, winning 6-1 on aggregate with goals from Fernandes, Ighalo, Scott McTominay and a brace from Fred.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Matic, Fred;

Fernandes;

Greenwood, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Williams; Mata, Lingard, Pereira; Ighalo

Everton:

Pickford;

Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Baines;

Walcott, Gomes, Davies, Sigurdsson;

Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Substitutes:

Virgínia; Mina; Delph, Iwobi, Sidibe, Bernard; Kean

United and Everton have played a total of 202 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United have won 88 times, drawn 44 times and lost 70 times. United lost their last fixture at Goodison Park, conceding four goals in the defeat which was a devastating defeat for Solskjaer’s side. At Old Trafford this season, it was a 1-1 draw with Victor Lindelof scoring an own goal and Mason Greenwood getting the equaliser.

Prior to the defeat last season, United had an eight match unbeaten run over Everton, winning six times and drawing twice, scoring 16 goals, conceding four goals, keeping four clean sheets. United did have a twenty match unbeaten run against Everton which lasted a decade from 1995 to 2005. Solskjaer will be seeking a better result than his last visit to Goodison Park, aiming to take all three points back to Manchester, hopefully putting pressure on Chelsea.

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