Bruno Fernandes will hope to return to form after two off games culminating into losses for United. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com) Ever...
|Bruno Fernandes will hope to return to form after two off games culminating into losses for United. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Everton vs Manchester United
The blue cloud that greeted Everton’s 2020/21 season seems to have disappeared and given room to shades of uncertainties after back to back losses in the Premier League.
Top of the league until the sixth round of games, the latest loss to Newcastle away from home showed some weaknesses in the middle of the park with the absence of playmaker, James Rodrigues and some disciplinary issues coming to fore with bookings that seemed avoidable.
Up next for Everton is Manchester United, a team struggling for identity and everything you can depend on for inspiration; United lost at Old Trafford to Arsenal for the first time since the Cesc Fabrigas show in 2006, the manner in which they lost left too much to be desired.
Many would look at this fixture and salivate in anticipation of what to expect, two sides struggling with results but with different ambitions, United must win to avoid being drawn into the relegation battle at this stage, weird as that might sound, they’re 15th on the log and can slip further down…
Everton are back to planet earth but with just three points separating them from the top of the log, they can win here and move to the summit until Liverpool plays; United on their parts can win here to halt the rot, losing in Europe at Istanbul can be worrying especially when you actually didn’t play to win.
How will they line up? Everton will go for this as best as they can, they will still be without James Rodrigues so they will call on Alex Iwobi or Gylfi Siggurdsen, they have a proven striker in Dominic Calvert Lewin and would be glad to welcome Richarlison to the fold.
Manchester United will have Anthony Martial back after serving a three match ban following the red card he got at Old Trafford against Spurs, they lost the midfield to Arsenal despite having Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes running around, they will do more to stop Allan and Doucoure.
This is one game for the neutrals, a worthy start to the weekend that comes before another international break, both sides would know that whatever result they come out with here will hang around their necks for two weeks.