Match Preview – Man Utd v Everton


A Manchester Debry win has reignited Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four and next up is Everton at Old Trafford.

The day will be celebrated of the naming of Old Trafford’s South Stand to Sir Bobby Charlton as the club honour him. The legacy he has left over at the club with the club record of 259 goals in 758 games and countless trophies puts him at the highest level at the club. Not only did he contribute to the Red Devil’s but he was pivotal in England winning the World Cup in 1966, so he has the national hero status too. It is a great way to honour such a legend and it is rightly deserved.

After a winning goal by youngster Rashford, United are looking to compete for the top four finish as they have closed the gap to fourth place Man City to a point. With eight games remaining of the season, it certainly has been an inconsistent season so far for Van Gaal as some of the performances have been woeful. Every time there is a positive result, there is either a few games with strong performances and losing or players picking up injuries. So the team has had to be rearranged and there has not been a run of form to build on. Ideally, Van Gaal should be looking at ending the season on a high whether it means finishing the top four or winning the FA Cup. His tenure at Man United has not been the most successful in his career but he would love to get some silverware at the club where his future is up in the air.

At the other end, Roberto Martinez have also struggled to keep within the top ten. However, they have a better away record than their home record which has been surprising. Everton have been difficult opponents for United with a lot of goals conceded but the record against Van Gaal has improved with the last three games with three wins.

United will be without Schweinsteiger after suffering a knee ligament damage while away with Germany. Rooney has stepped up his recovery by training with the ball. Luke Shaw will begin training on Monday which is a massive step to his road to recovery. Jones and Keane remain absent. Young and Herrera will be hoping to return after groin injuries. Everton will have Stones back after recovering from a minor knock on international duty. Mirallas is available after suspension and Barry serves his final game of a two-match ban.

Van Gaal has come back by saying he does not know where he will be after the end of this season. So far it seems like there is something going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford and is under the wraps. The fans have to accept Van Gaal will be in charge until the end of the season and that is reasonable as it would cause disruptions but if he does leave, then there has to be a replacement lined up. Until then, back the team and rally them to win games as it has been a difficult season to see performances go to points dropped. United will be optimistic and they should after gaining the bragging rights in the city of Manchester and it has been this season of young talent making their name at Old Trafford. The likes of Rashford, Borthwick-Jackson, Weir, Poole and Lingard have shown they can play in the first team. Although, time will tell whether they have a long term future at the club.

On the final note, a Manchester United player will create history in the Barclay’s Premier League at Old Trafford if they score as the player would score the 1,000th goal at Old Trafford. A milestone which would be remembered for so many specular goals during the time at the Theatre of Dreams.

Possible starting XI:

Man Utd; De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Everton; Robles, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, Lennon, Cleverley, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku.

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