Where Manchester United vs Everton will be won and lost

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. This game is vital as Manchester United needs to get back to winning ways. The Red Devils lost their last league match 0-1 at home to Aston Villa. The most concerning aspect about Manchester United’s start to the season is that they have dropped points to teams who aren’t part of the top 6. Aston Villa and Wolves are not teams expected to fight for Europe. This article looks at where the game will be won and lost.

Manchester United’s midfield vs Everton’s midfield

The weakest part of United’s team is the midfield. Manchester United lack a proper defensive midfielder who can play on a regular basis. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer usually plays a midfield two consisting of Fred and McTominay. Matic can’t play on a regular basis because of his age. This contrast’s to Everton’s midfield two of Doucoure and Allan. Doucoure can unsettle Manchester United’s midfield. A powerful presence in and out of possession, Doucoure has scored twice and provided three assists already this term.

Manchester United’s individual brilliance

Manchester United has a knack for winning games when they don’t play well under Ole. Moments of brilliance from star player’s usually bail them out because they haven’t played well. The recent 2-1 win against Villarreal had a moment of individual brilliance. David de Gea was crucial in the game before the second half. Before the second half, he prevented Villarreal from scoring on many occasions. De Gea conceded a goal in the second half before a moment of individual brilliance from Telles got United back into the game. Ronaldo poked home from close range in added time to secure the win.

Manchester United breaking down Everton’s defence

Manchester United created enough chances to earn a point against Aston Villa last weekend but, it turned out to be one of those weekends for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. If United can’t break down the well-organised Everton side, they will most likely lose. Everton has a defensive process of just 1.01 xGA, which is better than any team in the league apart from Man City (0.52).

Everton testing Manchester United’s back four

Manchester United has to play a back four of Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, and Telles due to Wan Bissaka’s suspension and injuries to Maguire and Shaw. This makeshift back four could struggle if Everton attackers manage to test them. In Telles and Dalot United have fullbacks who aren’t the best defensively. Everton will be without the services of Dominic Calvert Lewin and Richarlison because of injury.

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