Your essential guide to Everton v United
Manchester United will be aiming to get back to winning ways when we take on Everton this weekend in the Premier League, following the disappointment of our Champions League elimination on Tuesday night.
With just three points currently separating third to sixth in the league table, it could prove to be a crucial weekend in the battle for a top-four spot.
United will also be hoping to continue our excellent recent record against the Toffees. We have won the last three meetings with our opponents from Merseyside and are unbeaten in the previous eight matches against them.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game...
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
Sunday's match kicks off at 13:30 BST and will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. MUTV subscribers will be able to follow live build-up ahead of the match from 12:00 BST, and you can also follow our usual coverage on ManUtd.com and in the official Manchester United App, which is available to download here.
WHAT'S THE TEAM NEWS?
Luke Shaw remains unavailable for the Reds after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month, but Ashley Young is available again following his red card in the same game. Ole Gunnar also confirmed that Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic could feature against the Toffees.
“Nemanja and Alexis had a good session yesterday [Thursday], so they will probably be involved,” the boss told MUTV on Friday. Alexis returned from a knee injury at the Nou Camp, but could be handed his first Premier League minutes in seven weeks at Goodison Park. As for Matic, he has missed the last four though a mixture of illness and injury. The boss could also be tempted to utilise the full squad with a busy period of three games in just eight days coming up.
Midfielder Andre Gomes will miss Sunday’s game after he was handed a three-match suspension following an incident in the Toffees’ defeat to Fulham last weekend. Manager Marco Silva also confirmed on Thursday that defender Yerry Mina, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem, is their only injury concern for this one. That means the Merseysiders could welcome back two former Reds in Michael Keane and Morgan Schneiderlin. The pair have not featured in either of Everton’s last two outings, but could be available to face United on Sunday.
OUR RECORD AGAINST THE TOFFEES
Sunday's clash will be our 199th competitive meeting with Everton - the first of which dates back to 1892. Overall, United have won 88 of the previous encounters, drawn 44 and lost 66. The Reds beat Everton 2-1 earlier this season thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. We were also victorious on our last trip to Goodison Park, winning 2-0 on New Year’s Day in 2018 with goals coming from Martial and Jesse Lingard.
HOW ARE THE HOSTS GETTING ON?
Everton had been in a rich vein of form prior to last weekend’s defeat to Fulham. The Toffees were beaten 2-0 at Craven Cottage after second-half strikes from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel, but had previously won three successive games. Marco Silva’s men had overcome Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal without conceding, and had moved to within a point of seventh place. The Merseysiders could still climb to that position with a win on Sunday and are currently ninth in the table, having earned 46 points from 34 games.
ONE TO WATCH
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been the Toffees’ go-to guy this season and has bagged an impressive 12 league goals so far, recording four assists as well. He was also on target for Everton when they visited Old Trafford last October. So consistent has Sigurdsson been for Everton, the Iceland international hasn’t missed a single Premier League game of the season to date.
WHO’S THEIR MANAGER?
Everton are led by Portuguese coach Marco Silva. The 41-year-old joined the club at the start of the season, having previously taken charge of Hull City and Watford. He has come up against United three times before in his career and has lost two and drawn once.
Paul Tierney will take charge of proceedings at Goodison Park. The 38-year-old has overseen three United matches this season, with the Reds winning all of those encounters - against Bournemouth away in November, Brighton at home in January and Fulham away in February. He will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Eddie Smart on Sunday, while Lee Mason will assume the role of fourth official.
It’s another huge weekend in the fight to secure a Champions League place, and any combination of United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea could end the weekend in the top four. Spurs kick the weekend off when they face Manchester City in a crucial match at the Etihad Stadium, then United are the next of the chasing pack in action. Arsenal host Crystal Palace later on Sunday, before Chelsea round off a jam-packed Easter weekend against Burnley on Monday. Here’s the full list of fixtures...
SATURDAY 20 APRIL
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (12:30 BST)
Bournemouth v Fulham
Huddersfield Town v Watford
West Ham United v Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcastle United v Southampton (17:30 BST)
SUNDAY 21 APRIL
Everton v Manchester United (13:30 BST)
Cardiff City v Liverpool (16:00 BST)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 BST)
MONDAY 22 APRIL
Chelsea v Burnley (20:00 BST)
All kick-off times are 15:00 BST unless stated otherwise.
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