Everton vs Manchester United | Premier League | Goodison Park | KO: 12:30 | BT Sport
There is little left to say, that hasn’t already been said, about Manchester United this season. The club’s inconsistency is painfully clear to see; it is that inconsistency that has led to rumours of the sack for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent days. Should he lose to Everton on Saturday afternoon, the Norwegian may pay the price with his job.
United lost 2-1 midweek to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, with the Turkish side’s goals being their first ever in the UEFA Champions League. If United are as lackadaisical and ill-disciplined in Merseyside, it would be another horror show for them, come 2:15pm.
How Do Manchester United Look?
In terms of injuries, Manchester United appear somewhat unaffected. The only notable absentee for the Champions League loss in the week was Victor Lindelöf, who was out with a back problem. He is reportedly being monitored ahead of the Everton clash, so it is currently unclear whether he will be fit to face Carlo Ancelotti’s men.Embed from Getty Images
Alex Telles returned to training on Friday, following his Coronavirus isolation, but is unlikely to be fully fit again, so it is unclear whether he will make the squad.
Anthony Martial has served his suspension, so is available for selection for the first time since United’s 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are all expected to miss out, with the trio still being treated for their long-term injuries.
When asked on the pressure surrounding his position at the club, and whether he still believes he can be a success, Solskjaer said “Yeah, why shouldn’t I?” … “If I don’t trust my beliefs and values and my staff’s quality and my players’ quality, who else should?”- A typical answer from the boss, who cannot be expected to admit defeat, and give the board reason to dismiss him of his job.
Opposition: EvertonEmbed from Getty Images
Carlo Ancelotti has transformed The Toffies, following his appointment in late 2019. His strong pulling power has attracted the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucouré, completely turning around the fortunes of the Everton midfield.
Their new signings saw them win their opening five Premier League matches; however, they have no wins in their last three, losing two of those games.
Their key man will no doubt be English centre forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has started the season in top form, having scored eight goals in seven games, making him the joint top scorer in the league.
The last two matches between the sides have ended 1-1.
Manchester United haven’t beaten Everton since October 2018, in 3 attempts.
Manchester United could drop to 17th if they lose on Saturday and other results go against The Reds.
Manchester United are just four points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Everton 2-2 Manchester United. Goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.