Early team news for Manchester United v Everton

Thursday 30 September 2021 17:00

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday (02 October) as Everton travel up the M62 for the lunchtime match at Old Trafford.

The 12:30 BST kick-off provides Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team with the chance to re-assert ourselves in the Premier League title race, setting a marker for rivals who play later in the weekend.

Both United and Everton have claimed 13 points thus far, two of five teams to currently sit on that total, all of whom trail top-of-the-league Liverpool who have 14 points to their name.

While Everton have had a week's rest since their 2-0 win against Norwich City, United go into this one off the back of a Wednesday night fixture in the UEFA Champions League.

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Highlights: United 2 Villarreal 1

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Few changes for Saturday's game are expected with both matches of equal importance, but there are a couple of things we know already.

First-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is available for selection once again, having been suspended for our 2-1 victory against Villarreal.

On the other flank, Luke Shaw missed the European game through illness and it's not yet known whether he'll be available; we may find out more in Solskjaer's pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Harry Maguire could be out for "a few weeks," Solskjaer confirmed earlier this week, the club captain having suffered a calf injury against Aston Villa. Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof could therefore continue their centre-back partnership.

In attack, the options remain the same. Cristiano Ronaldo led the line against Villarreal, with Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood behind him.

Ole will also be able to pick from the hard-working Edinson Cavani who received the crowd's adulation in midweek as well as Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard - who came off the bench to assist Ronaldo's winner - and young Anthony Elanga.

United captain Maguire is still unavailable, but was at Old Trafford for our midweek victory.

Marcus Rashford and Amad are getting closer to full fitness but aren't expected to play again until after the international break, which begins next week.


Main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has returned to training at Finch Farm but is yet to join in with full-contact, team training. He could return after the international break but doesn't appear to be fit for the game at Old Trafford this weekend.

Seamus Coleman also took part in an individual session on Thursday, having not featured for the Toffees since their victory against Burnley in early September.

While the pair seem unlikely to be starters on Saturday, midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin was a participant in full training and could be involved.

Brazilian forward Richarlison hasn't been involved in recent weeks due to a knee injury and may face a late fitness test, while Andre Gomes has also been absent from training.