Who: Manchester United vs Everton
When: Sunday, December 15th @ 09:00am ET
Line: Manchester United -130 | Draw +260 | Everton +380
Coming off huge back-to-back wins against Manchester City & Tottenham Hotspur last week, Manchester United are booming with confidence. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved his tactical prowess by outwitting two of the very best. But now it’s time that confidence is into winning games on the trot again.
Next up in the Premier League lie a rejuvenated Everton side. Following the dismal loss to Liverpool, things looked grim for the Toons. But since club legend Duncan Ferguson’s taken over, it’s almost like they’ve been refuelled with new life. Having defeated Chelsea, they ride with newfound self-belief.
United must be wary of the threat they bring. They must be more clinical and maintain utmost concentration to continue their surge towards the top-four. But if sloppiness sets in again, Everton are cunning enough to steal some points from Old Trafford. It’s high time OGS & co prove they can comfortably oust mid-table sides as well.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Lingard, James, Rashford, Martial
Paul Pogba is nearing full fitness and might make the squad against Everton. Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe are both fit again, while Diogo Dalot & Eric Bailly are also nearing their returns. But after finding the perfect combination against City, OGS is unlikely to tinker much. If it ain’t broke, don’t fit it.
Everton Predicted XI
Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Lucas Digne limped off late in Everton’s win over Chelsea, marking him a doubt. Andre Gomes is a long-term absentee after that horrible injury suffered against Spurs, while Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina & Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all on the treatment table.
Manchester United vs Everton Match Preview
Manchester United showcased reminiscence of the good ol’ days against City, proving themselves to have the DNA which made Sir Alex Ferguson’s side so great. They fought like warriors take pressure off Solskjaer, but must be consistent with this no-holds-barred approach for the Norwegian to be viewed as a better option than Mauricio Pochettino.
Thankfully, the fierce capability of Ole’s United was displayed through their thunderous counter-attacks against City. Daniel James is getting better & better, orchestrating the counter-attacks with his blistering pace, while Marcus Rashford has found his inner-world class talent thundering through the left.
There’s reason for optimism with Pogba, United’s most creative aspect, returning soon. But the way Fred & Scott McTominay have held an impressive midfield line- running around like hungry hounds chasing every ball & marching their team forward- Pogba’s return shouldn’t break their blooming partnership.
But until he returns to full fitness, OGS will go with the winning recipe he’s derived. After conceding 5 goals in 2 matches, his defence have validated their strengths by doing well shutting out both Spurs & City. Harry Maguire’s looking more a commanding figure with a commendable Victor Lindelof supporting him, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is proving a real steal with his excellent defensive work shutting out the very best.
The Red Devils know Everton are wonky defensively, having recently shipped 5 goals against a Liverpool side without Roberto Firmino or Mo Salah. By using their blistering pace, exquisite swift-passing & fast-breaks, United will look to put on a spectacle by putting on an absolute clinic.
However, the visitors have found new life under interim-manager Ferguson. They’re thriving from the new manager winning syndrome, with the club legend having boiled up his players’ passionate levels. Suddenly, the Toons are sharper in attack, gritty defensively & ready to put their bodies on the line to win duels.
Granted they’re still looking to appoint a new permanent manager(Unai Emery’s a top choice!), but Everton travels to Old Trafford brimming with confidence. With Richarlison looking lethal as ever, Dominic Calvert-Lewin making best use of his chances, they have a menacing strike-force bound to trouble the Red Devils.
The pace and trickery of Theo Walcott & Alex Iwobi add a unique dynamic to their attack, while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s always a threat with his creative passes as well as dangerous free-kicks. Everton’s defence also looked much more compact, lively than before with Michael Keane & Mason Holgate holding down the fort well.
United must be ruthless if they’re to bomb past them or power the ball past Jordan Pickford’s safe hands. Underestimating this resurgent, talented Everton side can cause many problems. After having watched Aston Villa & Crystal Palace take-home points from Old Trafford, The Toons will go all out to gain points, but OGS side must display their warrior-spirit to grind out a win.
This should be a pretty end-to-end encounter knowing both the sides’ high momentum levels going into the match. I think it’ll be a 2-1 win for United, but they’ll have to really fight till the end to get it.
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