Wednesday 24 May 2017

The teams are in - Everything you need to know about Everton v Manchester United

Fans play with a ball outside the stadium before the game
Fans play with a ball outside the stadium before the game

Jose Mourinho takes his men to Goodison Park to face Everton in the Premier League. Here is everything you need to know about the clash.

The teams are in...

EVERTON: Stekelenburg, Baines, Williams, Funes Mori, Coleman, Barry (c), Cleverley, Gana, Bolasie, Mirallas, Lukaku.

Joel, Jagielka, Deulofeu, Barkley, McCarthy, Valencia, Holgate.

De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Marcos Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Martial; Ibrahimovic.

SUBS: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Rashford

It’s a big game for…

Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward has been missing in recent weeks and hasn’t found the back of the net for the Toffees since late October. With Lukaku struggling, so too are Everton. Indeed, the side have managed just one win from their last eight Premier League games. Lukaku will need to be firing on all cylinders if they’re to stand any chance of keeping  today’s visitors at bay. Having said that, Lukaku’s record against United doesn’t make for positive reading. The Belgian has currently played six league games against the Manchester club without scoring. Time to step up.

Remember when…

Everton fired three past United in April 2015? Goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas helped the Toffees complete a run of three consecutive home league wins against United for the first time since Boxing Day in 1985.

Player to watch…

Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has finally started to find his feet at Old Trafford, impressing most recently against West Ham in the EFL Cup in which he provided two assists. “We know the reason we bought him and waited for his evolution, I’m happy,” Jose Mourinho said afterwards. Should he retain his recent form, Mkhitaryan could prove to be one of United’s most dangerous assets today at Goodison Park.

Last three meetings…

Everton 1 (Smalling og) Manchester United 2 (Fellaini, Martial), FA Cup, April 2016

Manchester United 1 (Martial) Everton 0, Premier League, Premier League, April 2016

Everton 0 Manchester United 3 (Schneiderlin, Herrera, Rooney), Premier League, October 2015

Form guide…

Everton: LDLWL

Manchester United: WDWDW

Vital information…

Kick-off: Sunday 4 December, 4pm, Goodison Park.

TV: Sky Sports 1, coverage starts at 3.30pm. Highlights on MOTD2, BBC1.

Odds…

Everton - 13/5

Draw - 12/5

Manchester United - 21/20

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