Confirmed: United's team to face Everton
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked the majority of his Premier League record-equalling players to start again, versus Everton, and follow up on their memorable 9-0 demolition of Southampton.
Just four days after the massive win in midweek, the manager has made just one change to the starting XI who went goal crazy against the Saints.
Paul Pogba was handed a breather on Tuesday night after playing nine matches in a month and had to watch the Reds make hay. But our French midfielder is back in the line-up and Fred is the one player who has had to step back and take his place on the bench for the visit of the Toffees.
On the injuries front, it's good news for United with Edinson Cavani able to take his place in the side against Carlo Ancelotti’s team after he was forced off at half-time against Southampton.
The Uruguayan striker had just scored his first Old Trafford goal for the Reds when he suffered an ankle knock just before the break. Three minutes after his headed goal, he was brought down on the edge of the area and didn’t reappear after the interval because of the ankle problem.
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However, the 34-year-old has recovered and leads the line again tonight.
The boss said Cavani was back to continue to keep United on the front foot even though the ankle did react after the Saints win.
“It got swollen, his ankle, but I think he’s important on a day like this, we want to press and start really on the front foot and Edinson is really vital for us there,” Ole admitted, in his pitchside interview with club media.
“Paul (Pogba) has been excellent in the last couple of months. He had a well-earned rest against Southampton and now he’s ready to go again.”
The other change on the substitutes bench, apart from Fred, is Alex Tuanzebe replacing Eric Bailly.
While United were disposing of the Saints in ruthless style, Everton got back to winning ways by beating Leeds United away at Elland Road 2-1.
Our FA Youth Cup-winning Academy product Michael Keane came on as a sub in Yorkshire but is back in Ancelotti’s starting XI tonight.
On the last day of this season's January transfer window, Everton signed Josh King from Bournemouth. The 29-year-old striker was at Old Trafford between 2009 and 2013 and is on the bench for the visitors this evening, looking to come on for his debut at his one-time home.
Here are tonight's teams
United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Magurie, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.
Substitutes: Henderson, Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe, Fred, Matic, van de Beek, James, Martial.
Everton: Olsen, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Doucouré, Davies, Gomes, Rodríguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.