Manchester United are aiming for back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season as they face Everton in Sunday’s noon kick-off.
The sending off of captain Wayne Rooney grabbed most of the headlines despite victory over West Ham United last time out. It was another game which provided evidence of the array of attacking talent that Louis van Gaal now has available to him, with no room in the starting XI for Juan Mata.
At the other end, the Red Devils had to withstand heavy second half pressure and were slightly fortunate to see a Hammers goal ruled out for offside late on. Despite that, they are clearly heading back in the right direction.
A trip to Old Trafford will not be relished by an Everton side for whom it comes less than 72 hours after a long trip to Russia to face FC Krasnodar in the Europa League, where Samuel Eto’o’s goal sealed a 1-1 draw.
It was a more unlikely source who grabbed the leveller at rivals Liverpool, as Phil Jagielka struck a pile-driver to reward an improved defensive showing. After claiming the double over United last season, the Toffees will be intent on getting the better of them again here, as they would not like to enter the second international break with just one league win to their name.
Mata is expected to be restored to the team with Rooney beginning a three-match ban for United. Tyler Blackett returns from suspension, but Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling are absent due to injury.
Everton will be without Kevin Mirallas after he tore a hamstring at Liverpool, while Irish duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are major doubts.
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