Everton vs Manchester United Preview

Everton vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United arrive at Goodison Park on Saturday to take on Everton under more intense pressure. The defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League capped a disappointing night for the Reds.

We will look to bounce back to winning ways after two successive defeats. They have been two sides to our season that bought hope against our poor form in the league. Our opening two results in the Champions League and our good away record from Old Trafford.

This illusion was very much shattered on Wednesday night with inept defending costing us. Thus this gave Istanbul Basaksehir their first win in Europe’s elite competition.

A big question still remains over our defence and how they cope against opposition teams. The first goal conceded by United against the Turkish side was such a litten of mistakes.

This has led to more criticism and the supposed lack of leadership following this defeat and the loss before against Arsenal. One point from 12 at home and with seven points so far this season, this is the joint lowest total from six games. This matches the record that David Moyes had when he was in charge.

Speculation in media and amongst some United fans on social media that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s role as manager is coming under more scrutiny. It is quite perplexing how we can be so good against PSG and RB Leipzig but then put in such poor performances against Tottenham, Arsenal and now Istanbul Basaksehir.

The only thing you can say with United at the moment we are consistently inconsistent. If we managed to secure a win against Everton on Saturday, then it would equal the club’s seven successive away wins in the Premier League set back in the 1992-93 season.

There is concern that we have not scored in our last two Premier League games. With our defence also out of sorts, United need to rediscover the winning ways again.

Opposition Preview

Everton will provide tough competition even though they have lost their previous two league games as well. Before this, the Toffees were in fine form having won eight games across all competitions. They were then to a draw against Liverpool.

It has not been since November 2015 that Everton has gone eight league games without keeping a clean sheet. United will want to capitalise on with great effect.

Everton will themselves want to return back to winning ways as they chase down their neighbours Liverpool at the top of the table. A win for the opposition would mean they would be a nine-point gap between us.

Everton vs Manchester United Match Details

Teams: Everton vs Manchester United

Date: November 7th, 2020 (Saturday)

KO Time: 12:30 BST

Competition: Premier League

Stadium: Goodison Park

Referee: Paul Tierney

Managers: Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Carlo Ancelotti

Manchester United Team News

Anthony Martial is available again for selection after serving his three-game suspension. Jesse Lingard is nearing a return fitness as he recovers from his knock.

Mason Greenwood is expected to return to the starting line up having come on as a substitute against Istanbul Basaksehir. Solskjær will have decided who will be playing in the midfield. Fred and McTominay likely to start. This would see Paul Pogba and Donny Van De Beek on the bench again.

David De Gea will return in goal having been back up to Dean Henderson the other night. Alex Telles remains out as he needs to return a negative covid-19 result. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones remain on the sidelines through injury.

Pre-Match Press Conference

The pre-match press conference saw Ole asked about putting things right after two successive defeats and fans wanting to see more passion. He said, “You know every time you play for Man United, passion and fight of course are things you expect to see. To earn the right to win a game of football, you need that – definitely against Everton. With or without fans at Goodison Park you still have to have that passion and fight in you.

Ole was asked about the players reaction to these defeats, “We’re all hurt and it’s never easy and never enjoyable when you lose two games on the bounce, but that’s football and you’ve got to react to it. We know that Champions League games are difficult but the manner of the goals obviously – you don’t mind when they outplay you but we gifted them those goals.

A journalist ask about the manager’s job being called into question with Ole responding with “yeah, you have to be mentally strong. There’s demands on a Man United player, a coach, or a manager. There’s also an expectation, because we are at the best and the biggest club in the world. You don’t expect to have anything but criticism then. It’s just how you deal with that setback. From what I’ve seen from the boys, they’ve been very focused since we’ve come back and ready to give a response.

Everton Team News

Everton can call on the services of full-back Lucas Digne after his suspension was reduced to one game. Richarlison is suspended after his sending off against Liverpool.

Jordan Pickford is expected to return in goal. Andre Gomes who had a knock in the last game will be assessed..

The Toffees are without Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin through injury.

Form Guide

Manchester United Premier League form: LWLWDL

Manchester United form (all competitions): WWDWLL

Everton Premier League form: WWWDLL

Everton form (all competitions): WWWDLL

Interesting Facts

  • United have won 36 Premier League games against Everton, a record for one club against a particular opponent. (BBC Sport)
  • Their 16 Premier League victories at Goodison Park is the joint-most away wins by any club at a single stadium. United have also won 16 times at Villa Park. (BBC Sport).
  • Bruno Fernandes has been involved in 12 goals in his nine Premier League away games so far (8 goals, 4 assists).

Predicted Lineup

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, and Martial.


United’s must produce a reaction to these two successive defeats. Our defence needs to step up now as Everton could easily take advantage of any weakness with their attack. We have to start building consistency again. A win on Saturday against Everton would lift the spirits going into the international break and relieve some pressure on Ole and the team.

Predicted Score: Everton 1-1 Manchester United

Author: Andrew Wall

My name is Andrew and I have been a Manchester United fan my whole life. I have a season ticket in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand attending all our home games. My favourite United player of all time is Eric Cantona. I want to share through this blog my thoughts and opinions on Manchester United. You can find me on Twitter: @andrew_wall and Instagram: andrewcwall

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