Manchester United manager David Moyes will be hoping for a positive result on Wednesday night when his Manchester United side take on an in-form Everton for the first time since Moyes swapped clubs.
Moyes left Everton in the summer after over a decade in the job to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and hasn’t endured the best start as manager, finding his team behind Everton in the Premier League.
Everton did move into the top four following Saturday’s defeat of Stoke but Sunday’s results saw them drop to 5th. Manchester United are in 8th, two points behind their Wednesday night opponents.
The former Preston manager is expecting a mixed reception from the Everton fans at Old Trafford.
“They know their football and they know exactly where the club has gone and will understand I took a lot of good players there.”
“But it’s football and you never know. It could be mixed.”
Manchester United’s Phil Jones is suspended having picked up five yellow cards already this season.
Striker Robin van Persie has “a chance” of recovering from a combination of groin and toe problems to play but it is likely that the Dutchman will once again miss out with Shinji Kagawa again being employed in the hole.
Likely line-up: De Gea, Rafael Vidic Ferdinand Evra, Carrick Cleverley, Valencia Kagawa Welbeck, Rooney
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has reported no fresh fitness concerns but will still be without Leighton Baines although the England left back is making a better than expected recovery from a fractured toe, although he is not yet close to a return to the first team.
Gerard Deulofeu is likely to start again following an impressive performance against Stoke.
Likely Line-up: Howard, Coleman Jagielka Distan Oviedo, McCarthy Barry, Deulofeu Barkley Mirallas, Lukaku
Form(last five): (Overall); WWWDD. (At Old Trafford); WLDWW. Goals for: (Overall); 3,3,1,2,2: Total:11. (At OT); 2,1,1,3,1: Total: 8. Goals against: (Overall): 2,1,0,2,2: Total 7. (At OT) 0,2,1,2,1. Total 6.
- United’s tally of 22 points after 13 matches is their lowest since 2004-05 (21 points). They finished third that season.
- Wayne Rooney is one short of 150 Premier League goals for United. Only Thierry Henry has scored more for a single club (175 for Arsenal).
- Rooney has been directly involved in 59% of United’s league goals this season, scoring eight and assisting five.
- On Wednesday, Ryan Giggs could become the fourth outfield player to feature in a Premier League match aged 40, following in the footsteps of Teddy Sheringham, Gordon Strachan and Kevin Phillips. For more on Giggs at 40, click here.
Top scorer (in Premier League) Wayne Rooney, 8.
Form(last five): (Overall); WDDDW. (Away); DWLWD. Goals for: (Overall); 2,0,0,3,4: Total:9. (Away); 0,3,1,2,0: Total: 6. Goals against: (Overall): 0,0,0,3,0: Total 3. (At OT) 0,2,3,0,0. Total 5.
- The Toffees have won just two of their last 14 away league games, drawing seven along the way.
- Everton have allowed fewer shots on target against them away from home than any other team in the top flight this season (16).
- Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is one of three players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United (along with Dirk Kuyt at Liverpool and David Bentley whilst at Blackburn).
Top (PL) scorer: Romelu Lukaku, 8.
It certainly won’t be easy for Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight and they are unlikely to find things going their way. Everton are a solid unit in good form, especially at the back having kept four clean sheets in their last five and will be in good spirits following the comfortable 4-0 win over Stoke at the weekend. United have also struggled at home this season, losing to West Brom and also drawing with Southampton so Everton will have hopes of glory.
So has this game got draw written all over it? Granted it is always difficult to bet against Manchester United winning at home but the way this season is going, why not? With Everton’s good defensive record and United likely to be without Robin van Persie, United may find it tough to break down Everton, who possess plenty of talent going forward but at the same time, United are always a threat at home and could easily put four past any team. Will United score first? They will be likely to start the game on the front foot so maybe and if you are to pick a scorer why not pick Wayne Rooney who has been involved in 59% of United’s goals this season.
Rooney to score first and final score to be 2-2 is 90/1 with Bet365.
Fancy some other bets?
- Lukaku to score 2 goals: 9/1
- Manchester United half time, draw Full time: 14/1.
- Ross Barkley to score anytime: 6/1
- 4 goals: 9/2