Manchester United will be playing host to Everton this coming Sunday. The Red Devils have shown flashes of brilliance when they seemed to have shrugged off their poor start to beat the Queens Park Rangers 4-0 just a couple of weeks back. The team that finished in an agonizing 7th place last season had seen mega arrivals which included Radamel Falcao who is currently on loan from Monaco, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, and Anders Herrera amongst others. With the new intakes, many pundits reclined to watch the flow of charge that should cruise through Old Trafford but surprisingly, the Old Trafford based outfit fell to another painful defeat against Leicester City at the King Power stadium.
Everton on the other hand have been shuttling between a cool and a rocky start to the recent campaign and have in their last game, forced a draw against Liverpool. Manchester United despite their dip in form are still expected to emerge victorious in this weekend’s clash. Louis Van Gaal’s men will be missing their skipper Wayne Rooney and youth defender Tyler Blacklet but amidst all the gory details, the news of Phil Jones’s return from injury might bring some air of relieve. In the must win match for United, there are certain important details to concentrate on which are:
Four Defender Option: Having been burnt a couple of times when he adopted the 3 defender formation, United’s Dutch boss will opt for the 4 defender option, and with Phil Jones back, the former BlackBurn Rovers man can pair up with Marcos Rojo. Luke Shaw and Rafael can handle the fullback positions and leave Di Maria and Fletcher to battle the Toffees in the middle. With a formation this detailed, United can win many of their tackles.
The Three Prong Attack: Although Rooney will be sorely missed, the United boss will likely deploy Juan Mata behind the duo of Van Persie and Falcao in such a way that Mata can link up with either of Di Maria and Falcao to ensure a continuous disturbance of Everton’s defence.
Rock Solid ‘Blind’: Another reason why United will beat the Toffees is because of the Dutch youngster. Having impressed at the World Cup for Holland, Luis Van Gaal was quick to make a move on the former Ajax man and since his arrival, he has proved extremely gallant in his deep lying role where United have be lacking quality for a while.
Efficient Flanks: Manchester United will also be enjoying 2 efficient flanks. Ever since the days of Garry Neville and Patrice Evra, United have never had it so good. It will be recalled that Rafael, in one of his bustling runs sent in the cross that led to United’s opener against Wes Ham, and United fans will be hoping to see more of such runs on Sunday.
Home Support: Contrary to what many people think, Old Trafford still has a remnant of the good old days when the fans will cheer and drive their team to perform. Although the Red Devils have lost more games than usual at home recently, Luis Van Gaal can still bank on the home crowd to give his side an edge.