LINE: Everton +300 | Draw +320 | Manchester United -133
KICK OFF: Saturday, November 7th, 07:30AM EST
WATCH: NBC Sports, Peacock
After a few big wins in the post-International-break period, Manchester United are in a disarray again. Even after an extremely disappointing season, the loss to Istanbul Basaksehir feels like a rock bottom. The Red Devils’ superb away winning record is now dust and they head into the daunting game against Everton extremely low in confidence and 15th in the Premier League.
Sure, the Merseyside giants have also been humbled recently with consecutive losses in the Premier League, dampening the ambitious title challenge they dreamt off. But Carlo Ancelotti’s side are desperate for a win & will look to make things worse for United. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position looking under severe threat after the hierarchy reportedly spoke to Mauricio Pochettino about replacing him, a big win is crucial for OGS to buy more time for his job.
Everton Likely XI
Olsen, Kenny, Mina, Keane, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gomes, Bernard, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin
Richarlison remains suspended for Everton after his sending-off against Liverpool. Mason Holgate & Jean-Philippe Gbamin are both ruled out, while Seamus Coleman is unlikely to return either. James Rodriguez, however, should be back.
Manchester United Likely XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Bruno, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial
Eric Bailly is the only injured player for United, while Alex Telles is out with coronavirus. Victor Lindelof missed the Champions League game due to a bad back, but he should be back for this one.
Everton vs Manchester United preview
Will the real Manchester United please stand up? That’s a question in the mouths of millions of United fans, who can’t figure out why they are so polarizing. Their showing against Basaksehir was absolutely awful and repeating that against Everton is suicide.
But knowing how OGS’ side (normally) bounces backs well from damning losses, expect them to turn up the intensity on Saturday. After their disastrous showing at mid-week, United’s attacking stars will be put under the radar against Everton. The Red Devils possess some superb players with incredible potential, but they seem to be too temperamental for their own good.
Bruno Fernandes has been in extremely disappointing touch in recent games & looks a shadow of the man who scored/assisted in nearly every game. He needs to rediscover his fire & be more precise with his ambitious forward passes to open up inroads for his attackers. Anthony Martial seems to be in good touch, but he needs to work harder & be more unpredictable to outwit Michael Keane & Yerry Mina.
Marcus Rashford should operate from his favoured left-wing, but he needs to be more aggressive with his mazy forward runs & decisive enough to slot away chances in the final third. Mason Greenwood also needs to improve his decision making if he’s to evade getting bullied & be able to get a few venomous shots on goal.
United have horribly lacked creativity in their last few games, but the entire midfield need to work to create more chances. Fred & Scott McTominay should love the intense battle in midfield against Allan & Abdoulaye Doucoure because of their defensive sturdiness, but they need to showcase their creative side by slicing open better chances for those ahead.
Luke Shaw will look to continue his impressive form as of late & time his crosses perfectly to keep creating chances, while keeping an eye on the dangerous James. Aaron Wan-Bissaka also needs to be more simplistic & just put in crosses his teammates can fight for, all while remaining formidable defensively.
But in desperation for goals, United can’t forget their defensive values. Harry Maguire is not playing like a leader these days. After his heroic MOTM performance at Goodison Park last season, he’ll need to tap into his heroic mode from that day & put in a similarly dominant performance.
Knowing how deadly Dominic Calvert-Lewin is right now with his ability to score from anything he gets inside the box, Maguire must keep a close check to keep him quiet. Lindelof will also want to aid him at that task, but also cover the right-wing to keep the tricky Bernard from causing chaos.
If they’re complacent or lack hunger to win, Everton can rip apart United on Saturday. With Rodriguez’s ability to create stuff out of nothing, Calvert-Lewin’s foxy stance or the majestic combo of Lucas Digne+Bernard on the left, they possess enough weapons to terrorize the Red Devils.
Ancelotti’s side last lost at the Goodison Park in July. They’re unbreakable in their own fort. Solskjaer has to bring his very best to the table to end that undefeated streak. He needs to come up with a solid game-plan, organize his team perfectly to sustain pressure defensively & finish off chances better. Everton aren’t hold back & should play on the attack, so OGS’ side will enough counter-attacking chances to terrorize the hosts. It remains to be seen IF they’re clinical enough to do so and get a much-needed win.
Seeing the recent form of both teams, they’re both experiencing shaky form. So I think they’ll end up cancelling each other out & play out an entertaining 1-1 draw.