Manchester United’s woes continue, and it seems the team can’t get a win to save their lives now. They drew for the third straight Premier League game after a scoreless stalemate against Southampton, and it’s not a secret that Jose Mourinho’s men need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible if they want to keep their slim title chances alive. With that in mind, The Red Devils will travel to Goodison Park to visit Everton this Monday, January 1st. The game starts at 17:30 GMT, and Andre Marriner will be the referee.
As it has been the trend in recent games, once again Manchester United will be quite depleted. And unfortunately, the absences will hurt the team on both ends of the pitch.
The list of absentees include Eric Bailly (ankle), Michael Carrick (undisclosed), Marouane Fellaini (knee), Antonio Valencia (hamstring), and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee). Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling are doubtful after picking up knocks and missing the last two games. And Romelu Lukaku will be a game-time decision after leaving the match vs Southampton due to a head injury.
Everton will have Wayne Rooney available, but there are several others that could miss out on the first game of 2018. Sam Allardyce will be without Leighton Baines, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori, and Seamus Coleman.
Manchester United’s struggling form in recent weeks cost them, and they dropped to third place in the Premier League standings after their stalemate against Southampton. With three consecutive draws and a team depleted by injuries, it’s hard to say The Red Devils remain alive on the title race. They might be riding a five-game undefeated streak at the Premier League level, but their form is far from convincing at the moment.
Everton no longer look as if they have problems with relegation, but the season continues to be a disappointment for them. The Toffees sit in ninth place after a record of W7 D6 L8, and have 27 points. They sit seven points behind seventh-placed Burnley, though. So they have a lot of work to do if they want to keep their European dreams alive. Their recent results have been decent, although Allardyce’s men are currently riding a three-game winless run at the Premier League level.
Manchester United won 4-0 when these two sides met earlier at this season. Goals from Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lukaku and a penalty from Anthony Martial pushed The Red Devils to a comfortable win at home.
Manchester United are not in their best form right now. But fortunately for them, Everton have not been very impressive, either. United must bounce back from a series of uninspiring draws, and are likely to play with an attacking approach. But Everton can’t be taken for granted, as they have improved massively under Sam Allardyce’s guidance. And considering all the absences on United’s side, it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to imagine a draw in this one.
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