Man United given injury boost ahead of Everton clash

Probable Lineups…

Man Utd EvertonManchester United (4-1-2-1-2): De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fletcher, Di Maria, Mata, Van Persie, Falcao

Manchester United’s biggest concern will be the absence of captain Wayne Rooney who will be serving the first of his three-match suspension he picked up against West Ham United last weekend. This means Louis van Gaal will likely call-up Juan Mata to slot in behind striking duo Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. Good news for Van Gaal could be the return of Phil Jones at centre-back who will play alongside Marcos Rojo with Luke Shaw given the role at left-back. With Ander Herrera out with a fractured rib, Darren Fletcher will be given the armband in place of Rooney as he replaces the injured Spaniard. Marouane Fellaini could mark his return against his former side as he lessen’s the clubs ever-growing injury list, consisting of Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling, and Ashley Young among others.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Besic, Naismith, McGeady, Lukaku

Everton rested a few usual faces in their draw with Krasnodar and with Manchester United next, Roberto Martinez will be looking to field their strongest squad. Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith began on the bench, with the Belgium striker later being given 45 minutes in the midweek clash. However, they will both surely get the nod to start at the weekend. The Toffees are without Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas, who are both still a while away from full fitness, while Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, James McCarthy, and Steven Pienaar are still a doubt. The two likely candidates to start however, are Coleman at right back, and McCarthy alongside Gareth Barry in the middle of the park.

What the fans are saying…

Remember this?

Back in the 2011-2012 campaign, Manchester United needed to win against Everton to almost secure the fact that they can pick up the English Premier League crown once more, but that wasn’t to be. United were 4-2 up and on their way to another victory, but two quick goals from the Toffees blew the title race against Manchester City wide open after coming back to equalize with a 4-4 score line. Will there be revenge? or another upset?