Manchester United have a superb chance to extend their impressive run of form against an Everton side struggling for confidence on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho‘s men were once again ominous going forward against Stoke City last weekend but individual mistakes at the back cost them two points.
Everton, on the other hand, are without a win since the opening day of the season and have suffered consecutive 3-0 defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Atalanta over the past week.
Here are three players Mourinho must start to take advantage of any weaknesses on show from Ronald Koeman’s men this weekend.
The omens are far from promising for Everton as they prepare to take on their former marksman: Lukaku has claimed twice the Premier League goals that the Toffees have managed as a whole so far this season and the 24-year-old will be bursting with confidence after claiming his first Champions League goal and sixth in as many games for Man United on Tuesday.
It takes some display to detract attention away from seeing your best midfielder hobble off clutching his hamstring but Fellaini, after replacing Paul Pogba against Basel, did exactly that.
He was in boisterous form, bursting through the lines and posing a threat in the box whilst serving as an intractable presence without the ball. Never has his stock amongst supporters been so high and they’ll be hoping to see him inflict further damage against his old club.
With other players writing headlines for various reasons in recent weeks, Matic has quietly and assuredly gone about his business at the base of midfield with optimum ruthlessness. That he has hardly been mentioned is a testament to the efficiency with which he goes about his game.
There is a simplicity to his approach that engenders a sense of balance and calm in the middle. His presence is utterly vital, and even more so on Sunday with Pogba no longer there to pass through the lines.