Manchester United vs Everton 2019/2020 Preview
Manchester United vs Everton 2019/2020 Preview: Team news, lineups, stats, betting tips and predictions
Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on sunday afternoon in a bid to make it three consecutive wins for the first time since January and move closer to Chelsea in 4th place. The Blues lost to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday, with 5 points as the gap between Manchester United and 4th place. The Red Devils surprised everyone with their performances of late, winning back to back league games for the first time this season. It was even more astonishing as the wins came against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the space of 3 days.
The Manchester based club also rounded off their Europa group campaign as group leaders, thrashing Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar 4-0. Morale at Old Trafford is currently high and rightfully so, but Ole Gunnar Soljskaer and his men must not get carried away, as we have seen happen many times this season.
The Red Devils seem to have found their scoring boots, as they have scored at least two goals in every league game since the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth in early November. They have also scored first in four of their last five games but they have not been able to keep a clean sheet in six of their last seven games and have dropped points due to this as seen against Sheffield and Aston Villa. They are facing an Everton side that seem to be rejuvenated after they parted ways with Portugese Manager Marco Silva, and caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson began his tenure with a 3-1 win against Chelsea.
Marco Silva was relieved of his duties due to unacceptable results and performances, and in the opinion of many, his sack was rather late, after spending as much as they did on players in the summer. Everton are currently 16th on the log with 17 points after 16 games played with attacking and defensive stats of a championship side which is quite disappointing considering the quality of the side.
With a different manager in charge at the moment, the fans are hopeful of the new manager syndrome and the results that it often brings. The Liverpool side are also looking to make it two consecutive wins for the first time since April. Duncan Ferguson is an ex Man Utd player and there is no doubt he will get a warm welcome at Old Trafford but if either team wants to win this game, they must be disciplined in all areas especially in the defense, as lapses in concentration have punished them numerous times this season.
Manchester United vs Everton Team news and Injury Updates:
Manchester United: Ole is still without Midfielder Paul Pogba who has been out injured since October. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also still on the sidelines. Jesse Lingard is a doubt after picking up a knock against Manchester City last weekend. There are no other injury concerns. It is also expected that Luke Shaw will return to the starting line up after missing the Europa league fixture midweek. The duo of Fred and Scott McTominay are expected in the middle of the park after impressing against Spurs and City.
Possible XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw: Fred, McTominay; Pereira, James, Rashford; Martial.
Everton: Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin are unavailable due to calf problems but Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman have returned to training. Lucas Digne is expected to return to the starting lineup after training on friday. Andre Gomes and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin are the only long term absentees.
Possible XI: Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Delph, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Manchester United vs Everton Head to Head
- Manchester United have won 36 of the last 54 meetings with Everton, losing just 9 games.
- Everton have only managed one win against Man Utd in their last 26 away games (W1,D5,L20)
- Manchester United have won three of their last four meetings
- Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games
Manchester United vs Everton Predictions
- Manchester United to win or draw
- Over 2.5 match goals
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 yellow cards
- Marcus Rashford/Anthony Martial anytime goalscorer