The official starting Xis came through on Twitter around half an hour ago and one major talking point has emerged – Roberto Martinez’s decision to recall prodigious Toffees duo John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu.
The English defender’s seemingly uncontrollable ball-playing instincts have attracted much criticism of late and he’s not actually played a full ninety minutes for the Goodison outfit since the end of January, starting just one of their last nine fixtures across all competitions.
Likewise, injuries have limited winger Deulofeu to just two substitute appearances in the last two months, although he’d previously amassed an impressive two goals and eight assists in 23 Premier League outings.
Both are considered to be amongst Everton’s most exciting prospects but Toffees fans have produced mix reactions on social media. Here are some of the best responses to their inclusion for the visit to Manchester United.
About time we had 2 wingers. Made up stones is back aswell
— Lee Williams (@19williams89) April 3, 2016
I would have liked Mori in instead of Stones but otherwise that's a decent team.
— Kevin Freaney (@kfrea77) April 3, 2016
Good team that. Mori needs a rest. Stones needs time to remind everyone how boss he is. Deulofeu back too.
Up the Toffees.
— The Peoples Blog (@PeoplesBlog1878) April 3, 2016
Funes Mori instead of Stones and Besic instead of McCarthy and it would have been spot on
— Danny (@DannyBurton89) April 3, 2016
Well, I wouldn'tve put Stones on in place of Funes – he's a much more solid defender. Fuming!
— Damien J. McCabe. (@DamienJMcCabe) April 3, 2016
Martinez has gone with an ambitious attacking side. Will our attackers track back and work hard. Will Stones keep his composure.
— FollowEverton.com (@followeverton) April 3, 2016
Fancied us today not now stones is in he's a liability
— Carl Jenkins (@Jenko73) April 3, 2016
That Everton line up looks good today, really hope Stones has a good game and gets some confidence back#COYB
— Ben Walsh (@walsh95_efc) April 3, 2016
Good team that. Time for Deulofeu to step up and keep his place in the team. Stones to keep it simple….. I'm optimistic.
— Watched Toffee (@WatchedToffee) April 3, 2016