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Ratings: Pathetic Manchester United fall to 4-0 defeat against Everton; poor performances all around; top four gone!

Manchester United were beaten 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Easter Sunday. It was the biggest defeat of the season for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, also the sixth defeat in the last eight matches. Top four is vastly out of reach for United now, unless other teams ask United to hold their beer.

It was one of those matches that United needed to win in order to take advantage of Tottenham Hotspur losing against Manchester City on Saturday. However, in times where other teams above United have slipped up, United tend to follow them. That is exactly what happened at Goodison Park on Sunday!

The performance of this team was largely poor with little to take home other than a massive clear out being needed in the summer, but that writing has been on the wall for a long time now. Not that it will happen though, it is clear that United want to reward failure, which has been the case recently, especially renewing players contracts who should have left the club already. Who would want any of them?

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Conceded four goals. Made a few saves in the game. His mind is not in this at all. It is not all his fault but when a player looks like they does not want to be at the club, it is bound to affect others.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede is the best central defender at the club this season and he was forced out to right-back in this game, at least for the first half. Jones was poor and Smalling has many mistakes in him. Defensive rebuild needed with Lindelof central to it.

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Chris Smalling

Poor once again. Needs to be told to find another club. Should not have been rewarded with a new long-term contract. Who would want to buy him?

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4 Phil Jones

It was a poor defensive performance from Jones, and his teammates again. United needed a win and they were 2-0 down in half an hour. Jones was unable to continue into the second half after suffering a knock and being replaced by Young.

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Diogo Dalot

Started at left-back. Got forward a lot in the game but could not inspire his teammates. He's one of, if not the only one, that I would like to see at the club next season. He was always a player for the future.

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17 Fred

Fred has emerged as a decent midfielder recently, despite the results. He was withdrawn at half-time, replaced by McTominay

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31 Nemanja Matic

Returned to the starting XI after injury. Seemed to make United worse in this defeat, their biggest in around three years. Out of touch, out of form and surely on his way to being out of the club?

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6 Paul Pogba

What did he do in this game? He floated a ball into Rashford, which turned into a miss for the England forward. Other than that, there was no urgency, no interest and nothing to carry or guide his team forward. Some say he has leadership qualities, I say he's been hiding for a while now. Goodbye, La Pioche.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Did a little for United with United still seeking a shot on target after he left the pitch in the 77th minute. Rashford needs to find improvement. He seems to be one of the only ones who could inspire his team. This is on the players, it always was.

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Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian continue his fall from grace. His three braces in a row have been long forgotten. The Everton faithful will be proud of his performance at Goodison Park, unable to keep up with the game or pose much of a risk for United.

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9 Anthony Martial

Showed his lack of ability against Everton. Was one of the players with the fewest number of touches in the game. Not good enough for United. I fear for those people who think he could win the Ballon d'Or during his career. Still, he's got five years at the club to look forward to.

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Substitutes

18 Ashley Young

Replaced Jones 46'. One of the players that has been lightweight recently. Did nothing of note to counter this Everton side.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Fred 46'. Booked. Played a part in the game, however, United were out of it before his introduction.

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Andreas Pereira

Replaced Rashford 77'. Came on late in the game. Had no real involvement in the game, although neither did United!

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Goals: Richarlison 13′, Gylfi Sigurdsson 28′, Lucas Digne 56′, Theo Walcott 64′

Assists: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 13′, Idrissa Gueye 28′, Gylfi Sigurdsson 64′

Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones (Young 46′), Dalot; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Rashford (Pereira 77′), Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Mata, Lingard; Sanchez

Bookings: Idrissa Gueye 23′; Scott McTominay 68′

Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford, Lukaku and Martial lead the line against Everton; Matic, Fred and Pogba in midfield

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action against Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon in what will be the start of a busy eight-day period for United. The Easter break will be good for the supporters but the players will not be able to take their minds off the task in hand; to finish the season inside the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be boosted with the fact Tottenham Hotspur were defeated by Manchester City on Saturday as there is just three points between the two teams and this is a catch-up game for United. However, United will need to beat Everton to take advantage and keep winning their matches. A top four finish is still possible.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Dalot;

Fred, Matic, Pogba;

Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Young; Mata, Lingard, Pereira, McTominay; Sanchez

United and Everton have played 200 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 24 September 1892, a 6-0 defeat for Newton Heath. United has won 88 matches, drawn 43 times and lost 69 times. United is currently on an eight-match unbeaten run against Everton, winning six, drawing twice.

United are in poor form at this important stage of the season. Solskjaer’s side has not kept a clean sheet in their last ten matches and has lost five of those. Recently, United has won just twice, losing four times in the last six matches, scoring six goals, conceding ten goals and needing to find a way back to winning ways with top four still to achieve this season.

Everton is a team in much better form that United, results-wise anyway. A defeat in their last match and a week of rest before facing United will do them good. Marco Silva’s side has won three times, drawn once and lost twice, scoring seven goals, conceded five, keeping four clean sheets in their last six matches, meaning United might have a game on their hands.

How Manchester United could look in a 4-3-1-2 formation against Everton at Goodison Park on Easter Sunday; Rashford, Lukaku and Sanchez on the attack!

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in what will be the start of a busy eight-day period for United. The Easter break will be good for the supporters but the players will not be able to take their minds off the task in hand; to finish the season inside the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his squad a 15 point challenge ahead of the league clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which they lost 2-1. Since then, United has beaten West Ham United and will face Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield Town (A) and Cardiff City (H) before the end of the season.

Solskjaer will still have fullback problems with Luke Shaw suspended for this fixture, although he will be available from the City match on Wednesday. Ashley Young is a player out of form and has endured a tough week after that shocking performance against Barcelona and the racial abuse he has also endured on social media.

United and Everton have played 200 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 24 September 1892, a 6-0 defeat for Newton Heath. United has won 88 matches, drawn 43 times and lost 69 times. United is currently on an eight-match unbeaten run against Everton, winning six, drawing twice.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spaniard is not in the greatest form of his career but will need to find it in order to keep his club on route to achieving their objective this season which is to finish inside the top four of the Premier League. That was all we could have hoped for under Jose Mourinho. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to motivate De Gea as he’s not been at his best for a while now.

Defence: Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo

The fullback options are a bit thin on the ground currently with Ashley Young needing a break after poor performances and Luke Shaw still suspended. Diogo Dalot should be given the opportunity to play in his favoured role with Marcos Rojo on the left. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof should be entrusted in the centre of defence.

Midfield: Fred, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

The midfield has been positive at times recently with Fred emerging as a capable player with growing confidence. With Ander Herrera still on the sidelines through injury, the Brazilian should start alongside Nemanja Matic, who was on the bench on Wednesday and Paul Pogba, who owes a good performance for the supporters, the manager and his teammates.

Attacking Midfield: Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean had one of the better chances to score against Barcelona on Wednesday and should be utilised from the start against Everton. Anthony Martial has been in poor form recently so should be dropped to the bench. Sanchez will need to put in some good performances for the remainder of the season as so far, he’s been nothing but a flop at United.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford should lead the line for United against Everton. Both players have scored 13 and 15 goals respectively this season and will need to find the form to continue hitting them into the back of the net. After Wednesday’s defeat against Barcelona, both players should be ready to achieve, especially Lukaku against his former club.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay; Anthony Martial

Solskjaer will need to have some capable players on the bench against Everton. I have picked the best of the bunch to start the match with these seven in reserve, if utilised correctly, could inspire United to find the result they need on the road. Andreas Pereira is a player who has been performing at a good level since Solskjaer arrived at the club.

Preview: Manchester United need to find the fight, desire and determination to keep recent unbeaten run against Everton

Everton -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Goodison Park, Liverpool

Sunday 21 April 2019; KO 13:30 BST

Referee: Paul Tierney

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in what will be the start of a busy eight-day period for United. The Easter break will be good for the supporters but the players will not be able to take their minds off the task in hand; to finish the season inside the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his squad a 15 point challenge ahead of the league clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which they lost 2-1. Since then, United has beaten West Ham United and will face Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield Town (A) and Cardiff City (H) before the end of the season.

Solskjaer will still have fullback problems with Luke Shaw suspended for this fixture, although he will be available from the City match on Wednesday. Ashley Young is a player out of form and has endured a tough week after that shocking performance against Barcelona and the racial abuse he has also endured on social media.

Form: United need to find their form again as recently, they have seemed more of a team in decline than a team on the rise

Manchester United: LWLLWL

Barcelona 3-0 L, West Ham United 2-1 W, Barcelona 1-0 L, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 L, Watford 2-1 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 L

United are in poor form at this important stage of the season. Solskjaer’s side has not kept a clean sheet in their last ten matches and has lost five of those. Recently, United has won just twice, losing four times in the last six matches, scoring six goals, conceding ten goals and needing to find a way back to winning ways with top four still to achieve this season.

Everton: LWWWLD

Fulham 2-0 L, Arsenal 1-0 W, West Ham United 2-0 W, Chelsea 2-0 W, Newcastle United 3-2 L, Liverpool 0-0 D

Everton is a team in much better form that United, results-wise anyway. A defeat in their last match and a week of rest before facing United will do them good. Marco Silva’s side has won three times, drawn once and lost twice, scoring seven goals, conceded five, keeping four clean sheets in their last six matches, meaning United might have a game on their hands.

Top Scorers: United has scored more goals this season but the distinct lack of them recently could see Everton as a team rising in confidence

Manchester United: 16 – Paul Pogba, 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Marcus Rashford, 12 – Anthony Martial, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Everton: 13 – Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 8 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 4 – Theo Walcott, 3 – Lucas Digne, Cenk Tosun, 2 – Bernard, Kurt Zouma, 1 – Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane, Ademola Lookman, Yerry Mina, André Gomes

Team News: Sanchez and Matic back which will boost Solskjaer as his United side did need freshening up a little; Everton without three players

Solskjaer currently has three players on the sidelines through injury; Antonio Valencia (muscle), Eric Bailly (concussion), and Ander Herrera (hamstring). Nemanja Matic returned to the bench against Barcelona and Alexis Sanchez came off the bench in the defeat against his former club. It will be a boost for Solskjaer’s side, which did need freshening up.

Luke Shaw will serve his final match of suspension after he earned his tenth yellow card of the season against Watford. The left-back was also suspended from the UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona after receiving two yellow cards, meaning he will be fresh to return against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Everton manager Marco Silva has two injury concerns; Morgan Schneiderlin (ankle) and Yerry Mina (hamstring). Midfielder Andre Gomes has recently accepted a three-match suspension after a stamp on Aleksandar Mitrovic after Everton lost to Fulham last weekend. Other than that, this Everton squad has many other options against United.

Predicted Starting XI:

United need to find a way to create, supply and score the goals starting with the match against Everton. In an eight-day period, United will face Everton (away) and entertain Manchester City and Chelsea at Old Trafford, ideally needing to win all three matches to help boost their top four finish this season. Chances are running out pretty quickly now.

Match Prediction: United on an eight-match unbeaten run against Everton both home and away – this needs to be stretched to nine matches

United and Everton have played 200 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 24 September 1892, a 6-0 defeat for Newton Heath. United has won 88 matches, drawn 43 times and lost 69 times. United is currently on an eight-match unbeaten run against Everton, winning six, drawing twice.

Everton 1-2 Manchester United

Ratings: Martial the Man of the Match in Everton victory; Pogba needs to make it less about him…

Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial won a penalty in the 27th minute, with Paul Pogba stepping up with his stuttered effort, which was saved. However, the Frenchman scored from the rebound. Martial put United 2-0 up with a sublime effort in the 49th minute with his side cruising. However, a penalty was given after a Chris Smalling foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the Iceland international scoring from the spot.

At times, it looked like United were going to turn on the effort against Everton, showing that a rise in confidence was good for business. A penalty resulted in the first goal of the game after Anthony Martial was fouled by Idrissa Gueye. However, the Frenchman’s stuttered penalty was saved with the rebound finding the back of the net. Pogba made the penalty all about him, missing from the spot twice this season.

Man of the Match, Martial put United 2-0 up with a stunning curled effort at the start of the second half, which was well-received by the Old Trafford faithful. United showed confidence after dropping Romelu Lukaku, who played the majority of the second half, unable to find a goal, meaning he has played nine matches for United without scoring. As the game grew, Everton tried harder, winning a penalty of their own after Chris Smalling gave it away.

Martial had the chance to score again, even after scoring four goals in his last four games, but Jordan Pickford made the save, giving away a corner, which came to nothing for United. Everton got stuck in to try and get something from the game and with six minutes of added time to be played, just like at Chelsea last weekend. United dug deep to keep their lead, winning the game, rising to eighth in the league and now able to get ready for Bournemouth on Saturday.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Could have kept a clean sheet if it was not for Smalling giving away a penalty. The Spanish number one could not do anything to deny Sigurdsson's penalty effort. Seemed on the way back to the top of his game, which was good to see.

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18 Ashley Young

Needs improvement going forward. However, defensively, Young did well against this Everton team. He put in a great sliding tackle during the game, which shows his attributes.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Another good game for the Swedish international. Had the best game of his United career against Juventus and seemed to carry that form forward. His confidence, whist wearing a United shirt is clearly growing.

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Chris Smalling

Gave away a penalty. You would think that on his 300th appearance, he would know better. Supposed to be experienced but clearly lacks it. Helped to organise the back four at times.

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23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back struggled at times against Walcott. In possession of the ball, he lacked the needed composure. Not his best game, but every player will have games like this.

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17 Fred

The Brazil international made his first start since September. Moved the ball quickly, which was needed against Everton. Showed his good United's midfield could be once settled. Needs to play a lot more in this team.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Slow and laboured against Everton, but grew into the game. Not every player can be fast-paced and quick on the ball and Matic has his strengths.

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6 Paul Pogba

Lacks concentration at times. His showboating in midfield led to Smalling giving away the penalty. His own penalty was starting to cause problems, laking a stuttered kick, making it all about him, missing again. This is Manchester United, not Pogchester United. A goal and an assist, meaning he has been involved in 31 goals since returning to the club, 14 goals and 17 assists. Needs to make it less about him more often.

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8 Juan Mata

Moved the ball quickly from the start and got into good positions. He slowed as the game grew, which was understandable. There is no better player to have in the team than Mata right now.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Came in for Lukaku but was not the target man that would turn on the charm from the start. Found the back of the net but was offside. Needs time and chances to be the main striker. Might need to play in a two up top formation to really flourish.

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9 Anthony Martial

Man of the Match. Scored a stunning strike to put United 2-0 up. Could have had a second in the game but Pickford stood in the way. His attacking prowess will haunt Coleman from the first half. Seemingly, the Frenchman is getting back to his best.

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Substitutes

Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Rashford 65'. Could not score again. Needs some time to adjust. Can't keep playing if there is nothing for him to offer. You would not keep driving a car that was not performing to the needs of the driver.

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21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Mata 85'. Came on the help United keep their heads and the lead. They did. Should play more, possibly in place of Matic, maybe against Bournemouth.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Fred 90+5'. Did not get all that involved in the game. Good to have him back though.

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Goals: Paul Pogba 27′, Anthony Martial 49′; Gylfi Sigurdsson 77′ penalty

Assists: Paul Pogba 49′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Mata (Herrera 85′), Rashford (Lukaku 65′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Lingard; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 20′, Nemanja Matic 39′; Idrissa Gueye 21′

Report: Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial score to see Manchester United beat Everton; a late penalty was followed by an uncomfortable onslaught at the Theatre of Dreams

Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial won a penalty in the 27th minute, with Paul Pogba stepping up with his stuttered effort, which was saved. However, the Frenchman scored from the rebound. Martial put United 2-0 up with a sublime effort in the 49th minute with his side cruising. However, a penalty was given after a Chris Smalling foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the Iceland international scoring from the spot.

Jose Mourinho made one change to the team which were beaten by Juventus during the week. Romelu Lukaku was dropped and Fred found his way back into the team. The match began after a minute’s silence, for remembrance day, this being the last home match before the day which marks 100 years since the end of the first world war. United started well with Anthony Martial in the left-hand side of the box, holding up the ball for Paul Pogba, who fired poorly towards goal.

Everton had a chance to take an early advantage after some good movement form Bernard, who crossed the ball into the box towards Richarlison. The Brazilian went down in the box after light contact with Luke Shaw. Everton were then searching for a penalty, which was waved away by Jon Moss. Everton then had an opportunity from a cross by Gylfi Sigurdsson, after a through-ball from Theo Walcott. The move was thwarted by Ashley Young though.

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In the 14th minute, United were back seeking to get stuck in after a quiet spell with Pogba playing a great ball over to Martial on the left. Martial then passed back to Pogba, who found Marcus Rashford in the area. The ball was stopped by Rashford, who found it difficult to do anything with it. A minute later, Everton has a chance through Andre Gomes after Sigurdsson delivered a corner, which ended up the hands of David De Gea.

United forced a save from Jordan Pickford after a well-delivered free-kick from Young. United kept the ball in play with Martial, who delivered a superb cross from the left, getting the better of Seamus Coleman. Juan Mata was unmarked in the middle of the box, heading in the direction of the goal. The ball ended up in the hands of Pickford though. Chris Smalling was booked after fouling Richarlison in the twentieth minute of the match, which was followed by Idrissa Gueye being booked a minute later.

Pickford made another save in the 23rd minute of the match after Martial fired in a thunderous curled effort, which was on target with the England number one making a leap to make the save to deny the Frenchman. United won a penalty after Gueye, five minutes after being booked hauled down Martial in the box. Pogba took the penalty, took an elongated stuttering run-up, which was saved by Pickford but Pogba buried the rebound. United were leading 1-0.

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In the 31st minute, United had the ball in the back of the net against, through Rashford, with the play started by Pogba’s pass to Martial on the left, the Frenchman running into the box with plenty of space, then trying to pass back to Pogba, the shot was denied by Pickford but Rashford was they to take the rebound. The linesman flagged for offside and United were denied their second goal. Everton created something in the 33rd minute, through Walcott, but none of his teammates could find an equaliser.

United were starting to look in charge of the game in the 35th minute with Everton barely getting out of their half after conceding the opening goal of the game. Fred had a shot on goal, which just skimmed past the post, which would be seen as relief to Pickford and his teammates. At the other end of the pitch, Sigurdsson latched onto a Coleman cross, heading in the direction of goal, only for the ball to head straight into the hands of De Gea.

Pogba has been involved in 30 goals for United under Jose Mourinho, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists, which is impressive, although the player is capable of much more than this. With two minutes before half-time, Walcott had a half effort with De Gea getting down low to make the same. There were two minutes of added time played at the end of the half, with Everton adventuring into United’s half, threatening goal inside the first minute, which was put out, by De Gea, for a corner. The half ended 1-0 to United.

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There were no changes for either team at the start of the second half. Everton had the first chance of the second half, from Richarlison after Gueye tapped a poor Pogba pass into the path of the forward. The effort was thwarted by De Gea. United scored their second goal in the 49th minute after Martial scored a fine curling effort. Pogba collected the ball, with the home fans suggesting that the Frenchman shot on goal, however, he picked out Martial in his left, who doubled the lead.

Everton were almost back in the game after Sigurdsson found Richarlison in the middle of the pitch, who then slipped the ball into Bernard. The Brazilian ran into the box, De Gea was off his line to cut down the angle with Bernard rounding him, with a seemingly open goal between him and getting a goal back. The Everton forward hit the side netting, instead of the back of the goal. Embarrassing. United forced another save out of Pickford in the 54th minute, through Rashford, after Mata’s work on the ball.

Another save was made by the Everton and England shot-stopper in the 57th minute, this time from Pogba, who was picked out by Mata with the Frenchman taking a touch before unleashing his shot. United won a corner from the save, which came to nothing. Martial seemed to be in brilliant form today, scoring his fourth goal in four matches, which could hopefully see him return to form, which will be frightening for United’s opposition.

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Everton made their first change in the 62nd minute with Bernard being replaced by Ademola Lookman. United then made their first change minutes later with Romelu Lukaku replacing Rashford. Just before the change, United won a free-kick, which came to nothing. In the 66th minute, Everton had a header, through Gomes, after Coleman delivered the ball into the box. De Gea collected but the header did not look to be much of a danger as it seemed off target.

United had a great change with just under twenty minutes to play. Lukaku played the ball to Martial, who sped down the left before squaring to Fred. The Brazilian tried to shoot but the ball came off an Everton player, going behind for a corner. The corner came to nothing. Everton, however, had a chance of their own after Coleman latched onto a pass, then tried his luck. The close-range effort fired over the face of the goal with De Gea leaping.

Everton won a penalty of their own after Pogba was showboating in midfield, lost the ball and Smalling slid to dispossess his man, giving away a chance for Everton to get back into the game. Sigurdsson took the penalty, missing one already this season, having no trouble to slide one past De Gea. Everton were back in the game. Marco Silva made a double change immediately after the penalty with Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin replacing Walcott and Gueye.

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Smalling was seemingly injured after the penalty, went off the pitch with Marcos Rojo readying himself. After seconds on the sideline, Smalling was ready to continue. United had a chance in the 82nd minute after Pogba crossed into Lukaku, who was unable to get there in time to cause problems for Pickford. Everton had all to play for at the end of this match, even with United leading. A late equaliser for Chelsea in the last league outing could haunt United in this game.

Mourinho made his second change with Ander Herrera replacing Mata in the 85th minute. It was going to be a nervy final few minutes for United as they looked to avoid another conceded goal, which happened in added time against Chelsea last weekend. Gary Neville awarded Martial the Man of the Match award for this game, which was deserved as the Frenchman scored a stunning goal and seemed to be back to his best from the very start of the match.

There were six added minutes at the end of the second half, which seemed like Stamford Bridge all over again. Everton were pressing United in their half with Gomes bending the ball into the box with De Gea rising to make the catch, sending United forward, only for Everton to take possession once again. Martial could have settled the tie for United in the fourth minute of added time, through on goal and onside, running towards Pickford with the England number one cutting out the shot but giving a corner.

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Mourinho made his final change with Fred being replaced by Jesse Lingard, returning from injury after sitting out the last five matches. The miss from Martial could be something United might regret with Everton pressing further in United’s half. They win a corner, which should be the last kick of the game. Pickford was in the box for the corner, United got the touch in the box and Everton ended with a shot, which is still rising now.

United will now focus on the visit to Bournemouth on Saturday, a 12:30 GMT kick-off at the Vitality Stadium, which will be shown live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. Five days of preparation for the team and the manager and a win at home, another against Everton, which sees the club undefeated against the Merseyside team in their last eight matches, six victories and two draws. Mourinho suggested before the match that the team were on the rise, they are now eighth.

Goals: Paul Pogba 27′, Anthony Martial 49′; Gylfi Sigurdsson 77′ penalty

Assists: Paul Pogba 49′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Fred (Lingard 90+5′), Matic, Pogba; Mata (Herrera 85′), Rashford (Lukaku 65′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 20′, Nemanja Matic 39′; Idrissa Gueye 21′

Confirmed Starting XI: Lukaku dropped; Martial and Rashford lead the line? Fred back in the team…

Manchester United will be tasked with returning to winning ways against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. On Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, Juventus were the victors in the group stage clash at the Theatre of Dreams. United were toothless and lacked ambition, urgency and any ability these footballers once had. Jose Mourinho is not getting the best out of his team and the excuses are becoming tiresome.

There have been suggestions in the media that Romelu Lukaku could be dropped for this game, or at least benched. He has failed to score for United in the last eight matches, which has been a major problem for United, However, if this was the case, the options in front of goal could be minimal with Alexis Sanchez ruled out of the match, although he was seen at the Lowry hotel by the media. It could be Jose Mourinho mind games.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Fred, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Rashford, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Lingard, Herrera; Sanchez, Lukaku

United and Everton have played 199 matches in the history of both clubs. United have won 87, drawn 43, losing 69 times. The first match was played on the 24 September 1892, a 6-0 defeat for Newton Heath. United are unbeaten in the last seven matches, winning five and drawing twice, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three. In this fixture last season, United won the game 4-0 with goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, and Anthony Martial.

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

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

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

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

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

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

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

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Midfield: Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba

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

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial

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

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Striker: Romelu Lukaku

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

Preview: Romelu Lukaku must score against Everton for Manchester United to get out of the rut they are in

Manchester United -v- Everton

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday 28 October 2018; KO 16:00 GMT

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Manchester United will be tasked with returning to winning ways against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. On Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, Juventus were the victors in the group stage clash at the Theatre of Dreams. United were toothless and lacked ambition, urgency and any ability these footballers once had. Jose Mourinho is not getting the best out of his team and the excuses are becoming tiresome.

The players need to understand that the millionaire lifestyles that they enjoy have not been earned. There are so few players in the team who want to fight for the badge on the front of the shirt, many seemingly want to play for the name on the back, which has not been great over the last few months. United have been slagged off from pillar to post in the media after going four matches without a win.

A momentum was built with the 3-2 victory over Newcastle United, after going 2-0 early in the first half of the game. United then faced Chelsea, just after the international break, which was sandwiched in between the two matches, leading 2-1 into added time, conceding a late equaliser. It was a good result at Stamford Bridge but could have been better. Juventus rolled up into Manchester earlier in the week. Some fans were positive, most were thinking of the destruction United could face.

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Pre-Match Thoughts: With owners who care little about anything other than money, there is an inevitable ‘train crash’ coming…

The Juventus game was very unpleasant for United supporters. The club has no fight right now. There does not seem to be any quick fix for the problems. These players have lost their ability to play the game to an acceptable standard. The tactics are negative, promoting dull football with a team that has no attacking prowess. We have been here before in the last five and a half years and we will be here again.

The ownership of the club is toxic, as is the fact that the executive vice-chairman does not have a footballing brain or the thought process that would allow a football team to thrive. Money, money, money seems to be the main aim. Bring in as much as you can, make the owners happy. Forget about everything that made Manchester United Football Club a prominent club in the history of football.

Most will know that if you forget about your roots, the identity you have will change. Right now, United have owners who are trying to milk every penny out of the club that they can, not caring if the future of the club is at risk. I guess when you buy a club, without a penny of your own money, plunging the club into debt and living off money which is being taken out of the club, it clearly shows that you care little about the past, present, or the future of the club.

The Glazer must go, but they are happy like a vulture stripping a carcass of its meat, which will mean they will remain and carry this club, or what is left of it into the next part of their reign, which will, of course, involve taking as much money out of the club as possible, forgetting about the institution it used to be and continuing to paint over the cracks, which in turn will make the final collapse a fatal one.

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Team News: Alexis Sanchez out again but Romelu Lukaku will most likely continue to lead the line, hindering United…

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will remain sidelined for the clash with Everton on Sunday. Jesse Lingard, who has been sidelined with a muscle injury for the last five matches, could be back in action, as could Scott McTominay, who has been linked with a possible loan move in the New Year. Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot may still be absent as the manager waits to see if either has recovered for this match.

Romelu Lukaku is a player who is not in form right now. Failing to score a goal in his last eight matches for United. A match against his former club will add more pressure to him, which could go one of two ways; continuing his poor form, or finding the back of the net. I have been less than impressed with the Belgian recently. He seems to be more of a hindrance than a help right now. However, this could be the game he finds the back of the net, which can be used for each game until he does…

For Everton, James McCarthy has back in full training after suffering a double leg fracture earlier in the year. Summer signing Yerry Mina is back in contention too, which will be the first time he has faced United, a team he was linked with during the summer. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun may both think they have done enough to play against United, both were instrumental in the victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. Former Red Devils Michael Keane and Morgan Schneiderlin could also play a part.

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Predicted Starting XI: Romelu Lukaku to lead the line again, if he does not perform, again, he will have to be dropped sooner, rather than later…

Romelu Lukaku will keep his place. Based on what Mourinho has said about him and that his next game could be where he scores, the manager has not lost faith with his striker. The longer it continues though could see the Belgian on the bench. The longer he is not scoring the goals, the longer United’s bad form is going to continue. Lukaku scored many goals at Everton but at United, scoring goals is not all he has to do. He’s not a Wayne Rooney-like player and needs to play to the best of his abilities.

Juan Mata should keep his place in the team as he is one of the players who has been putting in the effort. His pace on the right-wing has shown that he’s not the player to play there. Playing in the number ten role is more suited to him, and has been for a number of years now. The midfield lacks steel and the ability to play fluid and fast attacking football. Nemanja Matic has been slow of late but he’s also another player willing to do what is needed to get the best out of the team, although that seems unlikely.

Match Prediction: Manchester United must win but it seems that is something lost of this team these days…

Jose Mourinho needs his team to beat Everton. The poor result against Juventus and that late equaliser for Chelsea hit United for six, even after momentum was built by overcoming Newcastle before the international break. Winning is what United must do. Sitting in tenth place currently, which will change, for the worst, before United kick a ball on Sunday, means that winning is the only option. Everton started well this season and they will want to win too.

Old Trafford started to become a fortress last season, this season, it is a place where the opposition picks up points. United have lost to Tottenham Hotspur (3-0), a draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-1), a draw and penalty defeat to Derby County (2-2), 7-8 on penalties, a draw against Valencia (0-0), and the defeat to Juventus (1-0). United have played two more matches at the Theatre of Dreams this season, Leicester City (2-1) and Newcastle United (3-2). Winning two out of seven is bad.

Manchester United 2-1 Everton

What We Learned: Ashley Young has still got it; the Premier League has not already been won!

Manchester United beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. United did not start all that well but scored three goals in the first half with three attempts on target. Ashley Young scored a brace, the first out of nothing, the second from a free-kick. Anthony Martial but United three up before the break to send the supporters into the break expecting a rout. That is not what happened. United

United were not the same team in the second half with Watford seeking to take control of the match, won a penalty in the 77th minute of the match, Troy Deeney stepping up to beat David De Gea and give the side a lifeline. With four minutes remaining, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a thundering effort to make it game on for Watford. Jesse Lingard thwarted that, restoring United’s two-goal cushion in the 86th minute.

Taking on Manchester City

Many think the title race is over, despite the season not even being at the halfway stage yet, with is pretty silly to suggest. City were eight points ahead of United ahead of this match, United’s victory has seen that reduced to five points and a defeat or a draw for City could show that they are there for the taking. City have been playing well this season, but their trip to Huddersfield showed that they can be thwarted, a team just needs to step up and do just that.

United play City twice, two wins could take the deficit down, providing it is still there after the two matches. United need to keep the pressure on by beating Arsenal on Saturday, again playing before City, which could be the pressure United need. If by the end of the weekend, the deficit is still eight points, United will need to go all out to beat City in the first derby of the season. The Premier League title race is not over yet.

Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought could become a worry… but are supporters to used to moaning?

Romelu Lukaku had his goalscoring boots at the start of the season, but he has lost them. In the last ten matches he has played, Lukaku has scored once, against Newcastle United. He assisted a goal against Watford, which shows he is still getting involved, just unlucky not to find the back of the net, having a few chances himself at Vicarage Road. United supporters need to find something to moan about, Lukaku being the latest in a long line of things over the past few years. Lukaku made his 200th Premier League appearance against Watford and had scored 93 goals in those appearances.

It would have been nice for him to have another goal, but it did not happen. So-called United supporters feel Lukaku needs to be benched, but who will play instead? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not fit enough to play 90 minutes, especially against Arsenal, unless he is doing things behind closed doors we don’t see, of course. Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford could lead the line, but if it doesn’t work and United lose at Arsenal, will the same supporter blame Jose Mourinho for benching Lukaku?

Ashley Young has really stepped up his game, despite his poor crossing most of the time…

Ashley Young has stepped up his game and made himself crucial to Manchester United right now. It may not last, but right now, he deserves his place in the team. Defensively, he may not be the best, but playing in the left-back or left wing-back position, he is a player who has been consistent. On Saturday against Brighton and Hove Albion, Young was poor defensively, which helped the visitors break through and attack, failing to score a single goal, apart from the one Young send goalwards, Lewis Dunk scoring an own goal. Against Watford, Young scored a goal out of nothing, also scoring a free-kick with United scoring three goals in the first half, despite starting poorly with Watford seemingly in command.

Against Watford, Young scored a goal out of nothing, also scoring a free-kick with United scoring three goals in the first half, despite starting poorly with Watford seemingly in command. Young deserves his place in the team and was the Man of the Match at Vicarage Road, his former club. At 32, his career is hitting the twilight years, but right now, United should utilise him whilst he is in this form, which will show that hard work is what matters, setting a good example to other players and the talented youth at Jose Mourinho’s disposal.

Conclusion

Manchester United are a team still able to challenge this season. Many journalists and pundits have written every club off with City being too hot to handle. City have played some good football, but they are not Teflon coated. They have put in some poor performances this season and despite being undefeated, it is only a matter of time before they get found out. Perhaps they will romp their way to the title, unbeaten this season. Perhaps the Premier League trophy should be handed out at Christmas, then at the end of the season, egg on the face appears. If everything was left to pundits, this game would be in dire straits.

copyright: JW