A tough challenge for United at Goodison Park

Last updated: October 15, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWDW
Away form: LWWWW
Last season: 3-0
Competition: The Premier League

The Toffees, in their last match against Liverpool, managed to equalize in the first half stoppage time. Lukaku, Everton’s top scorer, levelled things to 1-1, proving his positioning skills in the box. Everton tried to pressurise in the second half and had several good opportunities to take all the points from the match but they came mainly after mistakes in The Reds’ defence. The Toffees have lost just one Premiership match from the beginning of the season. They lost to Manchester City 0-2; since then Everton have recorded some impressive results.

Manchester United were totally smashed in the 8th round; they lost 0-3 to Arsenal and proved the team don’t play well when they are away from Old Trafford. The Red Devils have not started their matches good enough so far. They need time to settle into every single game. That’s the main reason they lost to Arsenal. The Gunners scored three goals in the first 20 minutes, securing the final result.

However, The Red Devils are just two points below first place and if they win against The Toffees they can even lead the table.

Team News

Van Gaal has already admitted that after the injuries of Shaw and Rojo he doesn’t have a good left back in his squad; this is the main problem for the Dutch manager.

Ander Herrera (knock) is the third player who can’t take part in the match. He received an injury two weeks ago but is still not fit enough.

Everton’s injury list is still endless: Coleman, Besic, Hibbert, Pienaar, Cleverley and Baines all are unavailable.

English national defender John Stones has recently received a knee injury and will be off the pitch for a very long time.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “There is no advantage or disadvantage if you are favourites. It just shows you’re a big club and that’s what we want to have here.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “I have won a lot of titles, and that was my aim.”

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Browning, Jagielka, Galloway, Ramiro Mori, Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Deulofeu, Oviedo, Osman, McGeady, Gibson, Mirallas.
Injured: Cleverley, Pienaar, Baines, Hibbert, Stones, Besic, Coleman.
Not available:
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Martial, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Young, Fellaini, Jones, Pereira, Carrick, McNair.
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, Herrera.
Not available:

Key Battle

tim howard Howard this season
Games Minutes Clean sheets Saves per game Clearances per game MotM Yellows Reds
8 720 3 3,6 0,4 1 0 0
schweinsteiger Schweinsteiger this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (4) 444 0 0,1 0 0 1 0

So far this season

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Everton this season Manchester United this season
7 League Position 3
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
3-0 vs. Southampton Biggest win 3-0 vs. Sunderland
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (2)
0-2 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Lukaku (5) Top scorer Martial, Mata (3)
Barkley (3) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y14, R1 Discipline Y12, R0
3 Failures to score 2
3 Clean Sheets 4
4 Both Teams to Score Games 3
4 Over 2.5 Games 5
4 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park for Everton. McCarthy, Stones and Mirallas scored for The Toffees in this incredible win.
  • The last Manchester United away victory against Everton was on 29th Oct. 2011 when The Red Devils won 1-0 with an Hernandez goal in the first half.
  • 3 years ago Everton and Manchester United ended in a 4-4 draw in a breathtaking spectacle. United were leading 4-3 five minutes before the final whistle but Pienaar equalized and earned a point for his team.
  • The Red Devils have won two of their 4 away matches this season. Manchester United beat Aston Villa (1-0) and Southampton (3-2).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
26/04/15 The Premier League Everton 3-0 Manchester United McCarthy 5′
05/10/14 The Premier League Manchester United 2-1 Everton Di Maria 27′
20/04/14 The Premier League Everton 2-0 Manchester United Baines (PG) 28′
04/12/13 The Premier League Manchester United 0-1 Everton Oviedo 86′
10/02/13 The Premier League Manchester United 2-0 Everton Giggs 13′