A key game this weekend is the early kickoff on Saturday featuring Everton and Manchester United. This game is key to the future of United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a new low in the UCL midweek against Istanbul Basaksehir. Many fans have lost faith in Ole and it seems only a matter of time before the social media campaign, “Ole Out”, begins in earnest.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, host the Red Devils on the back off two disappointing loses after enjoying a 5 game unbeaten run to begin the season. Playing at home, the Toffees will be looking to beat the 20 time Premier League champions.
Manchester United Team News:
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the squad for this weekend is going to be similar to the one that made the trip to Istanbul.
Anthony Martial is available for selection following his suspension and is likely to lead the line against the Toffees. David De Gea is also expected to return in goal after sitting out the midweek game in Istanbul.
Center-back Victor Lindelof is a doubt for Saturday’s early kickoff due to a minor back problem that kept him out of the midweek game while left-back, Alex Telles has returned to full training after recovering from COVID-19.
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly remain sidelined for this game
Everton Team News:
A big boost for the Toffees is the return to fitness of James Rodriguez after sitting out their last game due to a minor issue. This comes as a boost for Ancelotti’s charges who lacked that creative spark against Newcastle.
Seamus Coleman is contention for a return but Richarlison and Fabian Delph remain out due to suspension and injury respectively.
The Red Devils will need a reaction after their midweek failings but have lacked a sense of direction and may find it difficult to beat an Everton side that are not afraid to play.
Everton on the other hand would relish a chance to take the scalp of a traditional big six. Pivotal to this goal is the creativity of James Rodriguez and toffees fans will hope that he will be at his best on Saturday.
Goodison Park is ready to host a cracking game at lunchtime and the excitement is building up. A win for Solskjaer will ease the pressure on him and that will be his main aim and Everton also need a strong result to get back on track after two consecutive losses. The stakes are high for this game.