Manchester United will be hosting Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday in yet another Premier League fixture. The Red Devils are reportedly confident of securing a win after returning from the international break, and they will be looking to prevent their season from petering out.
Speaking ahead of the match, United manager Louis van Gaal: “Everton have a good away record, better than their home record – it is very strange.”
“When you also see the history of the last matches against them – not my history, but other recent games – it is not so good. Everton are, as an opponent, very difficult for Manchester United, but I hope my record shall continue.”
Van Gaal still believes his team can finish the Premier League season in the top three, and he wants his players to play at the level they achieved in the derby win over Manchester City when they take on Everton on Sunday.
“Still we are capable of being in the top three in the league at this moment and we believe in that, the players believe in that,” the Dutchman said.
We can also win the FA Cup, so we have a lot to fight for. I hope that we show it already in the first match because that is the most important match as you have to continue what you have done against City. United and Everton met earlier in the season back in October at Goodison Park and Van Gaal men produced a superb display winning the game by 3-0 their biggest margin this season away from home.
United’s first leg win over Everton sees Roberto Martinez bring his side to Old Trafford to attempt to avenge the 3-0 defeat.
Speaking ahead of the match, Roberto Martinez said: “It is as simple as wanting to get back to our best level. It is a game in which we want to test ourselves. Our away record has been very strong this season and we want to get back to feeling good about ourselves and that will allow the result to come.
“We want to start the game well, adapt to what is needed at Old Trafford and get rid of the feeling that we had against Arsenal and perform well in this game straightaway.”
Everton head into the match after receiving major injury boost as defender John Stones is reportedly fit after recovering from a minor injury he suffered during the international break.
Kevin Mirallas will also be making a comeback after serving his suspension, Bryan Oviedo will be available after recovering from a chest infection, but Gareth Barry is still banned. United, who have major left-back concerns, are currently boosted with Matteo Darmian and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson who are both available for selection. However, they will be missing the services of Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ashley Young who are on the injuries list.
Manchester United: David De Gea, Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Dlaey Blind, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford.
Everton: Joel Robles, Leighton Baines, Ramiro Funes Mori, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Muhamed Besic, James McCarthy, Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon, Romelu Lukaku.