Manchester United’s strong recent form has run ashore in recent weeks, with Louis van Gaal’s men slumping to a 3-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend.
With the visitors completely outplayed by the Goodison Park hosts, a transfer raid on Roberto Martinez’s men could well be on the cards this summer.
The Old Trafford side have a history of signing players from Everton, with former Toffees Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini both on the losing side at the weekend, while Leighton Baines was a failed target for United.
However, with Van Gaal expected to spend big this summer, here are three more Everton stars that could end up at United ahead of next season…
Van Gaal has seemingly not taken a shine to Rafael and as such options at right-back in the current squad appear thin on the ground.
Antonio Valencia has done a stern job in filling the role this season but it is a position that United are widely expected to bolster in the off-season.
Coleman continues to be one of the Premier League’s best attacking full-backs and would certainly be an upgrade on Valencia.
With Van Gaal switching between a back four and the use of wing backs, Coleman seems like an ideal acquisition to fill the void.
The young centre-back has been forced to bide his time at Everton due to the longstanding presence of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, but has been in excellent form when afforded a chance to play of late.
The defender netted his first Premier League goal in the 3-0 win over United and put in an assured and mature defensive performance to keep his opponents off the scoresheet.
Stones has the potential to be an England international for the next ten years and is certainly one of the brightest homegrown defensive prospects in the Premier League at the moment.
With the centre of United’s defence still an area of improvement, Stones would fit the bill as a player to build a team for the future around.
United have been heavily linked with new midfielders, with Ilkay Gundogan the latest player being touted as a potential summer addition.
The Old Trafford outfit have lacked drive and purpose since the exit of Roy Keane, while the invention and energy of Paul Scholes are hard attributes to replicate.
Although the reliable presence of Michael Carrick and industry of Ander Herrera have seen United start to compete, a new talismanic presence in the heart of the team would be greatly welcome by most Red Devils’ fans.
On first sight McCarthy may not be the name that the United fans would call out for, but the Republic of Ireland international has all the qualities that they are currently lacking.
A solid range of passing, tireless engine, commitment in the tackle and knowledge of the Premier League makes McCarthy a potential shrewd acquisition.