Preview - Everton vs Man Utd 1 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 01, 2018, 05:35 PM

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Everton vs Man Utd

Man Utd now face a real fight to secure a top-four spot. That scenario seemed unlikely when they beat Arsenal 3-1 to move seven points clear just a month ago. Three successive draws have come and gone.

Romelu Lukaku will not get to face his former side after suffering a head injury in the goalless draw with Southampton.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also out with an injury, and that spells trouble for Jose Mourinho, who has no other recognizable

The Toffees' last win against United was in April 2015 when James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas were on target for a 3-0 victory.

Jose Mourinho is grappling with his team's defensive woes too. The Red Devils kept clean sheets in three of their first four Premier League away games this season, but have since failed to record a shut-out in their subsequent six road games.

Anything less than a win could see them go winless in five consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since a run of eight in a row under Louis van Gaal from November to December 2015.

Everton will monitor midfielders James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie.

Both have only recently returned to fitness and may struggle to start twice in the space of three days.

Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly all remain sidelined, adding to the injuries to Ibrahimovic and Lukaku.

Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are doubts too, while Ashley Young is set to begin a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Man Utd


Match Stats:

  • Everton 0-2 Man Utd
  • Shots: 12-21
  • Possession: 40%-60%
  • Corner kicks: 6-6

Superb goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory at Everton, a result which moves them back into second place.

After being restricted to long-range efforts in the first half, United came out strongly after the break with Juan Mata forcing a save from Jordan Pickford and then hitting the post.

United took the lead on 57 minutes when Martial curled a shot into the top corner but Everton responded well to going behind, Oumar Niasse's header going wide.

However, Lingard made sure of the victory for United with a stunning strike into the top corner, his seventh of the season, with nine minutes to go.

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