Preview: Manchester United vs Everton – prediction, team news, lineups
Fresh from Wednesday’s last gasp win over Villarreal in the Champions League, Manchester United will resume their Premier League campaign at home to Everton on Saturday afternoon.
Man United are currently fourth in the table, one point behind leaders Liverpool, while Rafael Benítez’s Everton is in fifth place, tied on points (13) with their opponents at Old Trafford this weekend.
There was certainly pressure on Manchester United to get a positive result against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday, but it looked like the Red Devils would have another frustrating night, with their stylish Spanish opponents enjoying themselves for long stretches in Manchester.
Paco Alcácer’s shot in the 53rd minute put the Yellow Submarine ahead, but a wonderful volley from Alex Telles tied the score an hour before Cristiano Ronaldo scored a winning goal in the 95th minute to provoke incredible celebrations inside the stadium. ; The victory was crucial for Man United in terms of their Group F campaign, but it was also a key result for head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
All in all, it’s been a positive start to the 2021-22 Premier League season for the Red Devils, with a 13-point comeback from six games leaving them fourth, just one point behind leaders Liverpool, but the 20-time champion. from England. suffered a 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa last weekend.
Indeed, Kortney Hause’s late header proved to be the winner at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes missing a late penalty for the home side, and Solskjaer’s side will be desperate to put three more points on the scoreboard before the international break.
Man United have an incredibly difficult October and November in terms of the strength of their opposition, and a win over Everton on Saturday would boost confidence ahead of a difficult period, but a loss would again raise doubts about Solskjaer’s future at the club. .
Everton were well beaten by Man United in a preseason clash at Old Trafford on 7 August, and the four-goal defeat in Manchester certainly left several club fans dreading what might happen this season.
Benítez’s appointment as head coach remains incredibly controversial, but the Spaniard has delivered excellent results this season, with the Toffees holding a record identical to Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Brighton – winning four, drawing one and losing one. of his first six. Premier League departures.
Everton suffered a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa on September 18 before losing on penalties to Queens Park Rangers in the EFL Cup three days later, but the Merseyside giants returned to winning ways last time, recording a victory. 2-0 over Norwich. City at Goodison Park.
Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the goals for Benítez’s team against Canarias, and another victory this weekend would see the team meet at home consecutively against West Ham United and Watford after the international break.
The Blues have not won at Old Trafford in any competition since December 2013, but three of the last five Premier League meetings between the two teams have ended in a draw, while Man United have not beaten the Toffees at home in the England’s top flight since October 2018.