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STAR PREVIEW: Everton v Man U

According to many the wheels have fallen off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United but they’re still in a much better place than they were at the start of the season and they’ve still got a chance of getting back into Europe via the top four as they head to Everton this weekend.

Things have gotten more difficult for them after a stunning start with 10 wins from 11 games, but they are still in a better place than they were under Jose Mourinho. Things were always going to get more difficult in the latter stages of the FA Cup and Champions League and in hindsight a top class Barcelona side with Lionel Messi was always going to be too much over the two legs.

However, as strange as it might sound regarding a 4-0 defeat over two legs, there were positives for United to take from the game, even in their second leg defeat where United actually started brightly, hit the bar in the first minute, and did manage to frequently get in behind on the flanks before Lionel Messi’s superb opener, followed by a David de Gea clanger.

They will need to be on their toes at Goodison, although Marco Silva must be tearing his hair out at Everton not being able to follow up three good wins with a lifeless performance at relegated Fulham, when they had just one shot on target. That is not the first time Everton have thrown a stinker following a good performance and it’s hard to know which side will turn up, although the visit of United out to give plenty of motivation for a side still chasing seventh.

Everton v Man Utd
Premier League
13:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Everton
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-2 Manchester United
SEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-0 Everton
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Everton
DEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Manchester United
APR 2016 FA CUP Everton 1-2 Manchester United
APR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-0 Everton
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-3 Manchester United
APR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-0 Manchester United
OCT 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Everton
APR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-0 Manchester United

They also have a strong record against the Big Six this season, having beaten both Chelsea and Arsenal here in recent weeks. In Idrissa Gueye, Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison there’s the quality to go toe to toe with United from the start. An open game would be music to the ears of the Red Devils, giving the likes of Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot space to supply Marcus Rashford, and they should feel confident about getting on the scoresheet too.

13/10 feels fair about United’s chances but the best bet might be to go for over 2.5 goals.


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