Your essential guide to Everton v United
Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday, in what is our final fixture before the November international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be determined to notch a win after two consecutive defeats at home and in Europe.
The Toffees, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, are also seeking to recover from a bump in the road, which has threatened to halt their early-season momentum.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this clash between Manchester's Reds and Merseyside's Blues...
Kick-off will be at 12:30 GMT on Saturday and fans in the UK can watch events unfold live on BT Sport. Supporters all over the world can also follow our rolling updates on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, while MUTV will provide live build-up, radio commentary and reaction from 11:25 GMT. Our very own television channel will then replay the match in full at 18:00 GMT and 22:30 GMT on Sunday, including online at MUTV.com.
The Toffees burst out of the blocks after the summer, beating Tottenham, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton to record maximum points and sit top of the Premier League table going into the October international break. A dramatic 2-2 draw with city rivals Liverpool consolidated their position but, with key players injured and suspended, they have since ceded the initiative to the reigning champions, with back-to-back away defeats to Southampton and Newcastle leaving Ancelotti’s side in fourth. United, meanwhile, sit 15th, although we do have a 100 per cent record away from home in the Premier League this season, after trips to Brighton (3-2) and Newcastle (4-1).
Anthony Martial is once again available for United after a three-match domestic suspension, while Jesse Lingard is getting closer to a return. Alex Telles has missed the last four games after testing positive for COVID-19 and Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are still injured.
For the home side, Richarlison is still suspended, but left-back Lucas Digne is back after a one-match ban. The hosts are hopeful of a return for James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes, but Seamus Coleman and Ben Godfrey look set to be sidelined, giving the Toffees an issue on the right flank of their defence.
For more details on who is and isn't available, look out for our early team news update on Thursday afternoon, and the manager's press conference on Friday morning.
Of course, Everton are one of our most familiar opponents – this will be our 202nd game against the Toffees; the first was back in 1892. Our record as the away side at Goodison Park was modest prior to the dawn of the Premier League, with the Reds recording just 12 wins prior to 1992, compared to 16 since the top flight was revamped 28 years ago. In the last five Merseyside meetings between the two clubs, there have been two wins for United, two draws and a victory for Everton. Last time out, Bruno Fernandes’s equaliser secured a point after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early strike – but only after the home team had an injury-time goal ruled out for offside.
ONE TO WATCH
Prolific forward Calvert-Lewin is in red-hot form in 2020/21, having netted 11 goals in nine games for the Toffees. The former Sheffield United player is level with Son Heung-min at the top of the Premier League scoring charts, with eight, including a superbly taken hat-trick against West Brom. Picked by England for the first time in October, Calvert-Lewin duly scored on his debut for the national team and is really flourishing under Ancelotti – 19 of the forward’s 43 goals for the Merseysiders have come since the Italian was appointed manager in December 2019.
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth official: Andy Madley
VAR: Michael Oliver
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
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