After the victory at the Etihad, Manchester United went into the international break full of confidence but they face a tough game on their come-back to league football when they face Everton in a crunch tie this weekend. Roberto Martinez has had his team play some good football this season but he has not had enough positive results to show for it.
He will hope that he can get something from this game given the problems United have had in the past at Old Trafford. However, Louis van Gaal has shown that he can get results against tough opponents and he will surely go for the kill on the night.
Here is the preview of the game along with the team news, predicted line-ups, predictions and the betting odds.
The Manchester United vs Everton game will be played on Sunday the 3rd of April at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The kick-off is scheduled at 4:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST)
LVG had some good news for the fans when he revealed that club skipper Wayne Rooney is back in training with the squad. However, he will not be fit enough for this game and will join the sidelines alongside Herrera, Young and Luke Shaw who are also out injured. Bastian Schweinsteiger is out for the rest of the season with an injury he picked up on international duty but no other new injuries were reported by the Red Devil manager.
Roberto Martinez also had some good news for the fans when he revealed that Kevin Mirallas has returned to training with the squad. Defenders John Stones and Oviedo are also back in contention for a place in the starting line-up while Gareth Barry will miss out on this game due to suspension. Romelu Lukaku who has been in sizzling form will start for the visitors on the night.
De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford
Roblesl; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines; Besic, McCarthy; Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku
Marcus Rashford vs John Stones:
Coming back from an injury, Stones will be up against the youth of Rashford in this game against United. Rashford has shown that he can perform in big games and will surely put the pressure on the Everton defender who will have to be up on his feet and keep the youngster away from the goal for most of the game.
Romelu Lukaku vs Chris Smalling:
The in-form striker Lukaku will hope that he can once again take his team to a victory against United this season but will be up against Chris Smalling, arguably the best defender for the Red Devils. This will be an intriguing battle in front of goal and one that can have a bearing on the final result of the game.
The Red Devils are 6th on the Premier League Table with 50 points and they are just 1 point behind their City rivals Manchester City in the 4th place.
Manchester United have lost 2 of their last 5 games and won 3 whereas the visitors Everton have lost 3 of their last 5 games and won 2.
The Red Devils have won their last 3 home games, scoring 7 goals against 2 conceded in the process.
Everton are unbeaten in their last 8 away games and coming on the back consecutive wins from their last two matches on the road.
Everton have scored 3 goals each in their last three away games.
Manchester United: 21/10
Manchester United are close to a top-4 spot but need every point they can get if they are to keep up in the chase against City. They will however not find it easy against Everton who have in the past shown what they can do against big teams. It will be a sizzling encounter with the home team going into the game as slight favorites.
Our Prediction: Manchester United 2-1Everton