United will return from the international break with an upbeat mentality fresh off the back of their victory at the Etihad. Everton come to Old Trafford with little left to play for in the league. Their main focus is now FA Cup success.
Just a few months ago Van Gaal’s future in Manchester looked pretty bleak. Now though, with a win against City, potential Cup glory and Europe in their sights things are looking up for the Red Devils. The introduction of Marcus Rashford has been a revelation, 3 goals in 4 games have made him a firm favourite with fans at Old Trafford. The absence of Rooney could mean the 18 year old gets another chance to lead the United attack.
Everton in 12th on 38 points have virtually nothing left to fight for in the league. Their leaky defense has caused some sections of Goodison to turn on Martinez. It has been an unremarkable term for the Toffees although the FA Cup could still restore some optimism on Merseyside.
The worry for most at Everton is that without European football, prized assets Lukaku and Barkley could be lured away. Last year they seemed a club on the rise and many at the start of the season tipped them to secure a top 6 spot this time around. Alas, missing out on Europe could be a major set back with clubs such as West Ham, Leicester and Spurs all likely to strengthen for next season.
A win for United would see them move up to 5th . They will be without Schweinsteiger for the clash who picked up a knock in Germany’s defeat to England but Herrera and Young could both be back in the fold.
Gareth Barry is suspended for the Toffees although Oviedo and Mirallas are both available again.
United have it all to play for and against an Everton with little purpose they should be considered the favourites to take all 3 points.
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Darmian, McNair, Rojo, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Varela, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Depay, Martial, Rashford.
Everton (from): Howard, Joel, Stanek, Baines, Coleman, Funes Mori, Galloway, Hibbert, Holgate, Jagielka, Oviedo, Stones, Barkley, Barry, Besic, Cleverley, Gibson, Lennon, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone, Lukaku, Niasse, Rodriguez.