Manchester United will be looking to hit back from their defeat at Chelsea by seeing off an Everton side that has returned to form in recent outings.
The Toffees have taken maximum points from this fixture in each of the last two seasons, and will certainly come into this one with confidence having won four of their previous five Premier League games. The defence has made great strides in that time, conceding just twice in that time.
It also looks as though the fluency of last season is returning in flashes, with the move which resulted in Kevin Mirallas’ winner last time out against Burnley providing a timely reminder of the ability within a squad that has underachieved this season. Mirallas has caused United many problems in the past with his pace, but could be matched this time by Luke Shaw.
There was very few things wrong with Man Utd’s display at Chelsea as they enjoyed a lot of possession and a territorial dominance, but they succumbed to the brilliance of Eden Hazard as well as their failure to break through a supremely organised defence, with Wayne Rooney left frustrated in particular.
They are unquestionably playing their best football since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and this is set to be an encounter full of attractive football and one that will be separated by fine margins. One of them could be the influence of Marouane Fellaini, who is set to take to the Goodison Park pitch for the first time since leaving, having been an unused substitute in last season’s fixture.
Everton should have midfielders James McCarthy and Leon Osman available after ankle and groin injuries respectively, but Steven Pienaar is a major doubt.
Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Rafael da Silva all miss out for Man Utd, who do welcome back Daley Blind after an ankle problem.
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