The Red Devils have won nine of their past ten matches across all competitions, including all four contests since the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and with the club still challenging across every front, yet to fall in any competition, the second phase of the 22/23 campaign centres on bringing silverware back to Old Trafford.
Welcoming the Toffees to the Theatre of Dreams for the first outing of their FA Cup challenge, United will look to field a strong side in order to stave off any threat of an upset.
Here is how Football FanCast predicts Manchester United will line up against Everton on Friday night…
There could be as many as four changes from the side that defeated AFC Bournemouth a few days ago.
Following Newcastle United’s recent recall of on-loan shot-stopper Martin Dubravka, first-choice keeper David de Gea is expected to start in goal, with new loan signing Jack Butland not yet ready to make his debut.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will likely get another opportunity to impress his Dutch manager after recently earning his first start of the campaign and flourishing as United sank Burnley in the Carabao Cup and caught the eye again against the Cherries.
Established centre-back pairing Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez will likely deputise with the Manchester Derby forthcoming and strengthening of fluidity imperative, so £190k-per-week defensive “liability” Harry Maguire and his counterpart Victor Lindelof are ditched, while Luke Shaw will likely maraud up and down the left flank.
In front of the Brazilian, Fred will earn an opportunity to impress after making just seven starts all season, and the superlative Bruno Fernandes will continue to provide the creative flair to dictate the offensive flow of the affair.
Lucrative summer signing Antony will look to make an impact after failing to score across his past eight outings for the club, while the prodigious 18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho could continue his meteoric rise after emerging this season and scoring two goals and three assists for the Red Devils.
Up front, Marcus Rashford is bound to find himself within the starting fold after riding a spectacular recent purple patch, scoring four goals across his last four appearances – as well as netting three times at the World Cup for England.