Preview: Everton v United
Manchester United make the trip over to Goodison Park looking to put an important three points on the board in the Premier League when we face Everton on Saturday.
Fellow top-four rivals Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham United have all played since that draw with the Foxes as the fight for a spot in next season’s Champions League continues to heat up going into the next round of matches.
With the weekend now fast approaching, here’s everything you need to know about our upcoming outing…
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It’s Everton v United up next and here’s your ticket to Wednesday’s training session.
HOW TO WATCH
Saturday’s early kick-off will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. We’ll have pre-match build-up for you on MUTV from 11:25 BST with former Reds Darron Gibson and John O’Shea in the studio, followed by live radio commentary and all the reaction from Goodison after the final whistle.
As always, there will also be coverage throughout the afternoon on ManUtd.com and via the Manchester United App, with the latter’s including in-game data, rolling updates and expert insight from our pundits.
It’s been a difficult season, thus far, on the blue half of Merseyside, with Frank Lampard’s Toffees continuing in their fight to avoid the drop. Everton currently occupy 17th spot in the league table, with their safety net cut to just a point following Wednesday evening's late defeat at Burnley. Since the former Chelsea player and manager took over in January, both of the club’s league wins during his reign have come on home turf, with the Blues without a victory on the road in the Premier League since August.
Former Reds defender Michael Keane, and midfielder Allan will both be eligible to return to the Blues' side on Saturday having completed their respective suspensions during the midweek trip to Burnley. United's Donny van de Beek, on loan at Goodison Park, also missed the game at Turf Moor due to a thigh injury sustained last weekend, but is unable to face his parent club anyway. Yerry Mina was also an Everton absentee at Burnley.
As for the Reds, Rangnick will provide a more detailed insight into how his squad is shaping up for the fixture during his pre-match press conference on Friday, but what we do know is that it is likely he will have the services of Cristiano Ronaldo to call upon once again, after the forward returned to training this week, having missed last weekend's visit of Leicester through illness. Jesse Lingard has also been pictured training this week having felt unwell during Saturday's outing, while it remains to be seen if full-back Luke Shaw is fit enough to feature, having been forced off early with a problem in that draw.
A 3-2 defeat for Everton at Burnley on Wednesday night means that they will be more than eager to take maximum points on Saturday, having been triumphant in just one of their last six outings across all competitions.
The same can, unfortunately, be said for the Reds, who will be keen to gather some late-season momentum on Merseyside this weekend. That sole win came at home to Tottenham Hotspur, with a Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid and a draw with Leicester, either side of the international break, coming since.
Saturday’s game will be the 208th all-time meeting between the teams, 90 of which have been won by United, while 70 have gone to this weekend’s hosts (47 draws). The trip to Goodison Park will also be our 100th game against the Blues at their historic home, which we have only lost once at in our last seven visits. The Reds triumphed in L4 twice last season, picking up wins over Everton in both the Premier League (3-1) and a Carabao Cup quarter-final (2-0).
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: Andy Madley.
Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart.
Our match is one of 10 fixtures across the Premier League this weekend. Here is a look at the schedule in full, which kicks off at St James’ Park on Friday evening…
FRIDAY 8 APRIL
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (20:00 BST)
SATURDAY 9 APRIL
Everton v UNITED (12:30 BST)
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
Southampton v Chelsea
Watford v Leeds United
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (17:30 BST)
SUNDAY 10 APRIL
Brentford v West Ham United (14:00 BST)
Leicester City v Crystal Palace (14:00 BST)
Norwich City v Burnley (14:00 BST)
Manchester City v Liverpool (16:30 BST)
All kick-offs are 15:00 BST unless stated.