Essential guide: Everton v United
Manchester United take on Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, in what is our last game before Christmas.
With Merseyside currently in Tier 2 of the UK Government’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, 2,000 Toffees supporters will be allowed into Goodison Park for the game.
The Reds beat Everton 3-1 in the league last month and the victors of this tie will progress to the last four, which is due to be played in early January.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The game kicks off at 20:00 GMT and will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK. United supporters will also be able to follow all the action from Merseyside on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, where you can also track in-game data using our Match Centre. MUTV will provide build-up, live radio commentary and post-match reaction as well as showing full reruns of the game the following day.
Highlights: Everton 1 United 3Video
As with all Carabao Cup ties this season, there is no extra time and games that finish level after 90 minutes will go straight to penalties.
After the 6-2 win over Leeds on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Luke Shaw (illness) and Scott McTominay (groin) were doubts for the game at Goodison Park. Defenders Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are out until January.
For the home side, summer signings Allan (thigh) and James Rodriguez (calf) will be assessed before the game, having missed the weekend win against Arsenal. First-choice left-back Lucas Digne is a long-term absentee, as are midfielders Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
ROUTE TO THIS STAGE
This is the Reds’ third consecutive away tie in this year’s competition, with Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion both seen off 3-0 on the road in September. With Everton not involved in Europe this year, the Toffees have played an extra game, beating Salford City 3-0 at Goodison Park before getting past Fleetwood (5-2) on the Lancashire coast and defeating West Ham 4-1, again at home.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brazilian winger Richarlison missed our 3-1 league victory over the Blues last month, having picked up a three-match suspension following a red card in October’s Merseyside derby. Everton lost all three fixtures without the former Watford man, but since he has returned they have taken 13 points from a possible 18 to reclaim a place in the top four. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also continued his rich vein of early-season goalscoring form and is now on 14 goals from 16 appearances in 2020/21.
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Edward Smart, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
VAR is not being used at this stage of the competition.
TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER
Brentford v Newcastle (17:30 GMT)
Arsenal v Manchester City (20:00 GMT)
WEDNESDAY 23 DECEMBER
Stoke v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)
Everton v UNITED (20:00 GMT)