|Manchester United will host Everton in the early kickoff game on Saturday at Old Trafford. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Manchester United vs Everton
Manchester United beat Villareal with a last gasp strike from you-know-who and the implication of that is in the air with pressure off Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after back to back losses at home, first to Westham in the League Cup and then in the league to Aston Villa.
The premier league looks the toughest this season with every team trying to prove a point, Everton are currently seeking a new identity with Rafael Benitez trying his best to win fans over, they have started well and not really far off from the early heights achieved last season by Carlo Ancelotti.
There’s a rich history between Everton and Manchester United, a tradition that dates back to forever with Manchester United taking the lion share of victories, top man Ronaldo also has some form of good story to tell against the Toffees, where will it swing this time?
It's the early kickoff game and this particular game week means so much as teams will head into the international break from here, which means no league action next weekend.
Fears of injuries and covid infections will be high around teams and some players will try their very best to avoid traveling home to represent their countries while some will do everything they can, even if it means breaching club rules to make it home, some Spurs and United players come to mind.
In the context of this game, United will be expected to still maintain their upper hand but you can’t underestimate the organization of a Benitez team, ravaged by injuries with Dominic Calvert Lewin and Richarlison doubtful while Alex Iwobi is set to be sidelined as well.
The Red Devils will be able to call on everyone but there will be a late fitness test for Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire, both sat out the midweek win over Unai Emery’s side, if they both can’t make it, Alex Telles who scored a belter on Wednesday will be called on, alongside Victor Lindelof.
Everton will be a bit narrow, they will try to stay tight to their men and that will mean you can expect Everton to be booked at least twice in the game, United will attack fiercely especially in the second half when they’re wither chasing the game or seeking a winner so expect United to play more corner kicks.
Watch out for Cristiano Ronaldo, if there’s a penalty opportunity for Manchester United, expect Ronaldo to pay the price after Bruno Fernandes’ miss last time.