Match to be played on Sunday 5th October 2014 at 12:00. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Manchester United host Everton on Sunday hoping for their third successive home league victory. Louis van Gaal’s side have beaten Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United in recent weeks but the match against the Toffees is likely to be the toughest of the lot.
Roberto Martinez’s side need a victory of their own to start climbing up the table, but he has injuries to contend with just as van Gaal does.
Everton won the corresponding fixture last season but they will be aware that this is a very different United side, with Radamel Falcao still awaiting his first goal since moving to the club on loan.
United injury concerns: Phil Jones is still recovering from a hamstring injury but he could be back for this match. Jonny Evans has also resumed training and could be back to give United’s defence a considerable boost.
United absences: Wayne Rooney is suspended following his red card against West Ham United. Midfielder Ander Herrera has joined a number of players on the side-lines after fracturing a rib, while Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Reece James, James Wilson and Ashley Young are all unavailable.
Everton injury concerns: Seamus Coleman will play despite suffering a knock that prompted him to miss Everton’s Europa League trip to Russia. Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar did not travel but are expected to be fit for the weekend, although James McCarthy could miss out.
Everton absences: Kevin Mirallas is out after suffering a hamstring injury against Liverpool last weekend and Ross Barkley is a long-term absentee.
Predicted starting line-ups:
United – De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Fletcher, Blind, Di Maria, Mata, van Persie, Falcao
Everton – Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Besic, Barry, Pienaar, McGeady, Naismith, Lukaku