Before kick-off, there will be a minute’s silence to remember those who tragically passed away in 1958. United will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are ready for another tough Premier League clash as the Toffees make the journey from Merseyside to the Theatre of Dreams.
This will be the third time we’ve played Carlo Ancelotti’s side this campaign, with the Reds coming out on top in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup at Goodison Park.
The Red Devils had lost their previous home game against rock-bottom Sheffield United, highlighting the unpredictability of the league this season, which also provides some mitigation for Everton’s up and down form.
They certainly seem more comfortable taking on sides that play on the front foot, like Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. Carlo Ancelotti picked a side full of pace in a clear attempt to match the Whites’ energy and was rewarded with a fine victory in what was a thrilling game with chances at both ends.
Another triumph for United on Saturday would send them level on points with Man City until Sunday at least, and it was a win over Everton in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park which began the run which catapulted them into title contention.
That result in November continued United’s formidable record in this fixture, with Everton having won just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has had more success than that on a personal basis with victories at Old Trafford with AC Milan and Chelsea in that time, and he could follow Jose Mourinho as the only visiting managers in the Premier League era to win away to Manchester United with three different clubs.
The veteran Italian joked that he hoped Man United had used up all of their goals in the hammering of Southampton, but he will be quietly confident of coming away from Manchester with something given Everton’s recent form.
A surprise home defeat to Newcastle United is the only blot on Everton’s copybook over the past month or so, and they quickly bounced back from that disappointment to beat Leeds on Wednesday night.
The victory at Elland Road was their fourth in a row on the road – their best run for more than 35 years – and should they continue that run on Saturday then they would make it five top-flight away wins on the bounce for the first time since April 1970.
Indeed, Man United themselves are one of only two teams to have won more away games than Everton this season, with the Toffees’ tally of seven already their most in a single campaign since 2013-14.
All of that leaves Everton sixth in the Premier League table, just four points adrift of champions Liverpool and crucially with two games in hand over their Merseyside rivals in fourth.
Champions League qualification is still effectively in their own hands, then, and victory at Old Trafford would be another firm statement of their credentials.
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Solskjaer has played down concerns over the fitness of Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw, both of whom were taken off at half time against Southampton.
Shaw’s withdrawal was more precautionary than Cavani’s, with the Uruguayan striker suffering a knock to his ankle which will be monitored ahead of this match.
Cavani is expected to be available if needed, but Martial’s brace off the bench – coupled with a good record against Everton which has seen him directly involved in nine goals from 11 meetings – could be enough for him to earn his 250th Man United appearance from the start anyway.
Phil Jones is United’s only confirmed absentee, so Solskjaer must decide whether to stick with a similar starting XI to the one which beat Southampton so convincingly, or offer recalls to the likes of Paul Pogba.
Ancelotti is hopeful that Jordan Pickford will have recovered from the rib injury which kept him out of the Leeds game in time for this match.
The trip to Old Trafford is expected to come just too soon for Allan, though, while Jean–Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee.
James Rodriguez was an unused sub against Leeds and so should come back into the starting XI for this match, but former Man United forward Joshua King, who was also heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford last summer, will likely have to wait for his full Everton debut.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Sigurdsson; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
We say: Manchester United 2-2 Everton
This is a fascinating contest between two sides in similar form, made all the more intriguing by the fact that Everton have been in fine form away from home whereas Man United’s main slip-ups this season have come at Old Trafford.
It is difficult to back against a team that won 9-0 in their last outing, though, so we expect Solskjaer’s 100th Premier League match as a manager to end draw.