Manchester United will hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in their first Premier League game on Saturday since the embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul respectively, whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s men also tasted defeat away at Newcastle United at the weekend.
Anthony Martial is available for selection once again after serving his three-match domestic ban for the red card he received in the humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, but Edinson Cavani could be in contention to start after coming off the bench against Istanbul in the midweek fixture.
Football FanCast has taken a look at how Solskjaer’s side could line up for the game against the Toffees, which sees the Old Trafford boss make six changes to the team that lost to the Super Lig side.
Solskjaer handed Dean Henderson a rare start in the European competition. Whilst the academy graduate can’t be blamed for either of the goals conceded, as United’s dreadful defending let the club legend down, David de Gea is still the designated first-choice keeper which means Henderson will most likely drop to the bench.
The Spanish international will line-up behind a mostly-unchanged back four consisting of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whilst Victor Lindelof is expected to replace Axel Tuanzebe to start alongside the club captain in the starting XI. Shaw will probably keep his place as this game may come too soon for summer signing Alex Telles, who recently tested positive for coronavirus.
Against Ancelotti’s side this weekend, who has a fully-fit squad once again as James Rodriguez has been declared match fit, Solskjaer’s men will be asked to dominate possession of the ball and dictate the tempo of the game. This could bring a change in tact from Solskjaer, but he has shown a resistance to change, as he has stuck by his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation for most of this season so far.
So, he will probably stick to what has worked in the past, which will see Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes resume their partnership in the middle of the pitch, with Fred slotting into place alongside Pogba, whilst Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek miss out.
Solskjaer has a decision to make with Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata as they prepare to face the Toffees on Saturday. Greenwood, 19, has two goals this season in eight games, whilst Mata started the game against Istanbul, having scored two in five games so far.
One thing’s for sure, it already seems like a must-win game for Solskjaer, as rumours spread about a possible move for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.