Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku
A shock loss to Crystal Palace in midweek caused a dent to Everton’s bid to play in the Champions League, and they’ll be looking to bounce back against their former manager’s side. This is a very important game for the side if they wish to continue their goal of making a Champions League spot. The fourth spot is still up for grabs as they need to battle with Arsenal for the spot with only four games remaining. Roberto Martinez could make a few changes to his side from the team that faced Palace in midweek. Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady look to make way for Leon Osman and James McCarthy, who were both introduced early in the second half against Palace. Defender Phil Jagielka continues to watch from the stands after suffering a hamstring injury, with John Stones continuing to deputise alongside Sylvain Distin. Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo are still out injured.
Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Jones, Evra, Januzaj, Carrick, Fletcher, Kagawa, Mata, Hernandez
Manchester United could secure a Europa League spot if they beat Everton, with a victory bring them level on points with Tottenham. Despite a very shaky start to the season, David Moyes is beginning to lead his team out of their troubles as he prepares them for next season. Moyes makes a visit to his former ground where the fans are sure to give him pressure. The former Everton manager has registered four wins and two loses in his last six games and will be hoping to continue such for to ensure a top six finish. The United manager has a few key injuries to his starting players with Rafael, Robin van Persie, and Wayne Rooney all sidelined. With Rafael out, Chris Smalling should retain his slot at right back, while Nemanja Vidic is set to start ahead of Jonny Evans, who recently returned from an injury. In midfield, Marouane Fellaini is still a doubt, but Darren Fletcher could start alongside Micheal Carrick, while Javier Hernandez is expected to play the lone striker’s role in the absence of both Van Persie and Rooney.
@nishantafc I’m pretty sure that Manchester United have the potential to screw up and lose against Everton
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In the 2011-2012 season, Everton produced a stunning comeback to halt Manchester United’s title bid. This match should be some sort of revenge for costing them the title as both teams need the three points, one for Champions League football, the other for Europa League football. An exciting match awaits.
With two goals and one assist in his last four games, Kevin Mirallas is the one to watch when the two teams meet at Goodison Park. Playing in the attacking midfield role, either down the left, right, or center has seen the Belgium man shine in recent weeks. With the ability to assist and also score goals, he will surely cause a few problems if he is to link up with fellow countryman Romelu Lukaku.
Everton vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his only previous home league game against Manchester United; a 5-5 draw for West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
Manchester United have only won one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at Goodison Park (D2 L2).
Manchester United have picked up more points away from home than any other Premier League team this season (33 – could be overtaken by Liverpool earlier on Sunday).
Juan Mata has four assists and three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Man Utd, compared to two assists and no goals in 13 for Chelsea earlier in the season.
Wayne Rooney has scored only four goals in 15 Premier League appearances against former club Everton.
Everton will attempt to complete a league double over Man Utd for the first time since the 1969-70 season.
United have won only three of their last eight Premier League games against Everton after winning 21 of the previous 26.
Leighton Baines’ assist in midweek took him to 36 in the Premier League, joint-most for Everton in the Premier League along with Mikel Arteta.
Javier Hernandez is the only player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals away from home as a substitute.
Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals on a Sunday than any other player (52).