Early team news for Everton v United

Thursday 05 November 2020 13:00

Manchester United have little time to recover from a deflating defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir with a lunchtime fixture at Everton next on the agenda.

Following the long flight home from Turkey, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to reassess his squad with the Goodison Park encounter set to provide a real challenge in the final fixture before another international break.

Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees were early leaders of the Premier League but a fortunate home draw with Liverpool and subsequent losses on the road, to Southampton and Newcastle United, has left the Merseysiders six points clear of the Reds having played a game more.

Solskjaer resisted the temptation to leave anybody behind in Manchester but, after a taking a full-strength squad to Istanbul, it emerged defender Victor Lindelof is still being troubled by a bad back which must cast some doubt over his availability for Saturday.

Dean Henderson started in goal but David De Gea is expected to return, along with influential midfielder Fred, for what promises to be a test of character and stamina.

Alex Telles was still missing in midweek after testing positive for COVID-19 but Jesse Lingard is getting closer to regaining fitness. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are injured.

Anthony Martial, our goalscorer at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, is eligible after serving his three-match domestic suspension while Edinson Cavani had the most minutes of any of his outings since arriving, during the 2-1 loss, when coming off the bench in the second half.

There are key decisions to be made all over the pitch, with Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood among those in contention to start.


The Toffees can welcome influential full-back Lucas Digne back into the fold after this three-game ban for a red card at Southampton was reduced to a single match on appeal. Richarlison is still suspended, though, following his sending off in the Merseyside derby.

The hosts hope to have big summer buy James Rodriguez available again after he required rest, and Andre Gomes should also make it despite receiving a knock to his knee.

Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Jean-Philippe Gbamin look set to be sidelined.

There is a big call for Ancelotti in goal after he selected Robin Olsen at Newcastle. The Italian coach has indicated that England no.1 Jordan Pickford will be reinstated between the posts on Saturday.

England no.1 Jordan Pickford is set to return in goal for the home side.

Ole will speak to us and hold a press conference on Friday morning, when he is likely to provide updates on the squad situation.

You can watch the press conference in full on the Official App and ManUtd.com.