Manchester United vs Everton Preview: Can Everton get crucial points to avoid relegation or will United continue their top-four push - Premier League
|Manchester United will be the clear favorite when Everton visits the Old Trafford Stadium on Saturday, how will this play out? (Photo credit: Sporting News)|
Manchester United returned to winning ways in midweek with a 1-0 home victory over Brentford, and yet again, Marcus Rashford was the star of the night as his second-half strike restored Manchester United to the top four.
The Red Devils had gone three games without a win, and they slipped out of the top four after their loss at Newcastle on Sunday.
With a game in hand on Tottenham, United now has it back in their hands to finish in the Champions League this season.
Everton has been impressive at home since Sean Dyches joined, but away from home, they’ve not been able to tell the same story.
The Toffees, however, fought out a strong point in midweek, which has helped their cause on the log.
Everton currently sits 16th on the log, level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth, and that spells danger.
The Toffees must start picking up points if they don’t want to go down, and a point or more against Manchester United will be a strong boost.
How will they line up?
The Red Devils announced on Friday that Christian Eriksen is back and available for selection, but Luke Shaw will not be in the squad after limping off in the first half against the Bees on Wednesday.
Rashford will be key for the hosts; Bruno Fernandes is having an underwhelming season, but he can be instrumental for United.
With Eriksen in the frame, Casemiro wouldn’t be missed as much with the Brazilian serving the last of his four-match ban.
Everton will be without Abdoulai Doucoure, who serves his suspension, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not be fit enough; the game will be an open one, but expect the visitors to set up a low block that will frustrate the hosts.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner when the two sides met at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture, with United having to come from behind to record a great win away from home. Everton will not be an interesting visitor to Old Trafford on Saturday.