Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday in a game which is tipped to be one of the showdowns of the weekend. Everton famously came back a two goal deficit to draw in the final ten minutes at Old Trafford last season to draw 4-4 in a game which many people believe was the one which turned the title in Manchester City’s favour.
Despite that last minute draw, Everton don’t have the best record at Old Trafford having not won at the Theatre Of Dreams since August 1992. It will also see the potential return of former United players Phil Neville and Darron Gibson, a player who was hotly tipped to be a future star at United but was unfortunate with frequent injuries.
United go into the game on the back of a nervy 1-0 win at Craven Cottage last week and Sir Alex Ferguson is set to make just one change from the team that started against Fulham. Michael Carrick is set to miss out if he hasn’t recovered from the hip injury that ruled him out of England’s midweek game against Brazil, so it is expected that either Ryan Giggs or Anderson will deputise for the England international.
Apart from that, United have no fresh injury concerns although it is looking likely that Ashley Young may make a return to the lineup after missing out for the past few weeks with a knee injury.
Everton travel to Old Trafford after a 3-3 thriller against Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. They do have injury problems at right-back with star man Marouane Fellaini expected to be missing and both Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hip) looking likely to watch the game from the stands. Phil Jagielka is once again expected to deputise and move to right back to cover the pair.
The Toffees will be hoping to add more pressure to Tottenham Hotspur for that final Champions League spot as the Premier League enters the final third of the season.
Manchester United have won 11 out of their 12 home games this season although Everton have a better defensive record than the reds conceding 30 goals to United’s 31. Despite Everton’s good form this season, history suggests that United will come out on top in this game and given that we are entering what is typically Untied’s strongest point of the season, I’d be surprised if we didn’t take three points on Sunday.
Predicted score- Man Utd 2-0 Everton