Manchester United are probably in the midst of their toughest stretch of the 2018/19 season.
Following a 2-2 draw at Chelsea and a 1-0 loss to Juventus in Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League, things are about to get a bit easier for The Red Devils… but only slightly. This Sunday, Jose Mourinho’s men will go on national TV against Everton, a side that is currently riding a three-game winning streak. Can Manchester United get back to winning ways? Or will they continue to display the same inconsistencies that have plagued him all season long?
Either way, read on to find out everything you need to know prior to Sunday’s contest:
Considering this will be Manchester United’s third game in less than 10 days, it is hard to imagine new updates among the current injured players. The list of absentees includes Alexis Sanchez, Scott McTominay, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard. It is not an exaggeration to say that The Red Devils are depleted heading into this game, and it shouldn’t surprise if there aren’t many changes compared to the side that featured against Juventus earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Everton do not have fresh injury concerns. Phil Jagielka is not likely to play since he hasn’t seen action after the first game of the campaign. Long-term injured James McCarthy will also be ruled out. But the rest of the squad is fully fit and at Marco Silva’s disposal.
Manchester United are coming off two consecutive winless matches across all competitions. In the Premier League alone, Mourinho’s men have gone W2, D2, L1 in their last five matches. Can they get back to winning ways against a scorching-hot Toffees team? At home, Manchester United own a W2, D1, L1 mark although they have gone the past two at Old Trafford undefeated.
Indeed, Everton have won their last three EPL matches against Fulham, Leicester City and Crystal Palace. Late goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun lifted them to last week’s win over Palace and their good results have also been translated to their away form, where they have lost just once in four matches (W1, D2, L1).
What is our all-time record against Everton?
United have won 87, drawn 44 and lost 66 of the 197 previous matches against the Toffees. Encouragingly, we are also unbeaten in the last seven fixtures across all competitions.
Undoubtedly, this is going to be a tough game for Manchester United considering their absences. And the fact that Everton have been playing very well of late does not make things any easier. But United are due for a win, and there won’t be a better time to get one than now. Therefore, I believe Manchester United will come out on top here. But it will likely be a tightly-contested affair.