Manchester United head into their New Year’s Day clash at Goodison Park looking to reverse a run of poor form against an Everton side still reeling from defeat.
Date: 1 January 2018
Match Day 22
Kick-off: 19H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: A. Marriner
Assistants: S. Ledger, R. West
Fourth official: P. Tierney
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Everton 177 54 43 80
Manchester United 177 80 43 54
Manchester United 4-0 Everton 17/09/17 (Premier League)
Manchester United goalscorers: A. Valencia (4′), H. Mkhitaryan (83′), R. Lukaku (89′), A. Martial (PG 90′)
Players to watch:
Wayne Rooney might just be the man to inspire Everton to a win, against his former club, having already bagged 10 goals this season.
United have had some unlikely heroes of late, with Jesse Lingard bagging a brace against Burnley, with Juan Mata doing the same thing against Leicester. They will also be looking more and more to Paul Pogba to inspire them from midfield after some flashes of his ability, having overcome a thigh injury.
Horror show! ?? Jose Mourinho's side were booed off after a dismal 0️⃣️-0️⃣️ draw with Southampton FC.
How can 'the special one' fix things?https://t.co/xTC87wbvRy
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) December 31, 2017
Team form and manager quotes:
Sam Allardyce performed an immediate and miraculous turn-around upon his appointment with the Toffees, with a seven-match unbeaten run to drag them clear of the relegation places, before an unexpected 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
? | Watch Sam Allardyce's reaction to the Bournemouth game. He's calling for more 'common sense' from his players. pic.twitter.com/v37PurTnkw
— Everton (@Everton) December 30, 2017
The result left Everton in ninth place on the Premier League standings, with 27 points from their 21 games, as United occupy third place with 44 points, one behind Chelsea, but 14 adrift of runaway league leaders Manchester City.
After being knocked out of the League Cup by Bristol City, United have drawn 2-2 with Leicester, 2-2 with Burnley and 0-0 with Southampton.
Heading into this match, Allardyce said: “The lads have done exceptionally well by turning around a leaky team.
“It’s four goals [conceded] in nine [league and cup] games, and it’s allowed us to escape what was a team threatened with relegation.
“I was brought in because this team was threatened with relegation. Now the players in their response have done absolutely magnificent in turning that around and into a positive situation to be able to move forward.
“But we’ve just got to keep working at all of that.”
Mourinho added: “The boys are trying, but we have lots of problems in the team and we lost Lukaku and Ibrahimovic for a month. We have difficulty to rotate players.
“Now we have to cope with Everton and Derby County and, after that, we have an open space of nine or 10 days before Stoke City. Hopefully, in this period we can rest, we can work and we can recover some players to attack the second part of the season.”
Everton will hand late fitness tests to James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie.
Romelu Lukaku (head) and Ashley Young (suspension) are both sidelined for United while Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are doubts.
Elbow room! ??? The @ManUtd wingback was banned after his indiscretion was highlighted by TV cameras.
Does the punishment fit the crime?https://t.co/TgrbZxAtmz
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) January 1, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee) is out for a month, with Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly all long-term casualties.