The blue half of Liverpool travel to the red half of Manchester on Saturday. Who will win this battle of the north west?
After beating Villareal in the final minutes of Wednesday evening’s encounter in the Champions League, Manchester United will continue their English Premier League (EPL) campaign when they host Everton on Saturday afternoon. United are currently 4th in the EPL table, 1 point behind Liverpool who are top. Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez’s Everton sit in 5th position and are level on points with the Red Devils.
Manchester United continue to be without the services of Amad Diallo and Marcus Rashford due to injury, while Harry Maguire will be out until after the international break with a calf issue.
Luke Shaw had to sit the game out against Villarreal on Wednesday due to a slight muscular problem but is expected to return to the XI for this match. Aaron Wan-Bissaka should also be back, as he is only banned for European matches.
Victor Lindelof will probably retain his place in defence, but there will be changes from the match against Villareal, with Fred and Nemanja Matic standing a good chance of coming into United’s midfield. Jadon Sancho may have to start from the bench, which would allow Paul Pogba to move to the left.
Edison Cavani is pushing for a start, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the option of pulling Cristiano Ronaldo out of the XI to give the 36-year-old a rest, but the Norwegian might resist the temptation to do that.
Meanwhile, for Everton, they still have a ridiculously long injury list, but Jordan Pickford is expected to start in goal, as he has reportedly shaken off his shoulder issue.
The Toffees did not pick up any new injuries in their win over Norwich in the last game, so it would not be a surprise to see the same starting team take the field from the 1st whistle.
We predict a narrow 1-0 victory for Manchester United!