Manchester United v Everton : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

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Date :Sunday 15th, December
Time: 3:00pm
Stadium Old Trafford
Referee Michael Oliver (England)
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Team News:
Manchester United
It would be fair to say that there was pressure on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa at the start of the month. At the time, a number of supporters were calling for their club to relieve the Norwegian of his duties following a poor start to the campaign.

It has been a huge last week or so for the Red Devils, though, as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on December 4 before winning by the same score away to Manchester City last weekend. The two results were excellent, but it was the two performances that perhaps made the biggest impression.

The 20-time English champions now sit fifth in the Premier League table, just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who are currently having a wobble. United are still just two points ahead of 11th position, but they will believe that a Champions League finish is not beyond them this term.

Solskjaer's team were also in Europa League action on Thursday night, and a 4-0 win over AZ at Old Trafford ensured that they would finish top of the section. Mason Greenwood scored twice for a much-changed side, and the supporters will be full of confidence heading into Sunday's contest.
United have actually won 36 of their 54 Premier League games against Everton, suffering just nine defeats in the process. That said, the Toffees ran out 4-0 winners when the two teams last locked horns in April, which was certainly one of the low points of Solskjaer's time in charge.

A record of 24 points from 16 matches is United's joint-lowest total at this stage of a Premier League season, but they are unbeaten in their last 10 matches at Old Trafford in all competitions.
Jesse Lingard has emerged as a huge doubt for United after picking up a knock in the win over City last weekend. The Red Devils are expected to make a late call on the Englishman, although Andreas Pereira is being tipped to start having impressed in the 4-0 success over AZ.

Elsewhere, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remain on the sidelines despite stepping up their recoveries from their injury problems.

There are not expected to be many changes from the side that started at City last weekend, with Luke Shaw being tipped to get the nod over Ashley Young and Brandon Williams at left-back.

Fred and Scott McTominay will continue in the middle of the park having impressed against Spurs and City, while Daniel James, Rashford and Martial have become Solskjaer's first-choice front three and that will remain the case this weekend.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Andreas, Rashford; Martial
Manchester United Premier League competition form: LWDDWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): DLDWWW

Everton, though, will be feeling much better about themselves following last weekend's 3-1 win over Chelsea. The Toffees entered the clash with the Blues off the back of three straight losses to Norwich City, Leicester City and Liverpool in the league, which saw Marco Silva lose his job as head coach.

Duncan Ferguson was immediately placed in temporary charge of the Merseyside giants, and the Scot's passion was mirrored by the players on the field against the Blues last weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti is allegedly heading for London to hold face-to-face talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright to discuss the possibility of becoming the club's new manager after leaving Napoli.

Ferguson will be in charge of first-team affairs at Old Trafford, though, and he faces the difficult task of improving a record which has seen Everton win just one of their last 26 Premier League away matches against United, which was a 1-0 success in December 2013.
Everton might feel that they will be the fresher of the two teams heading into the match having not played since last weekend, although Solskjaer made a number of changes for the Europa League tie with AZ.

Only Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial are certain of a spot in the first XI on Sunday from the side that started against the Dutch outfit, with Greenwood expected to return to the bench despite enhancing his growing reputation with a brilliant double in Thursday's contest.

In Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, United have a player who has scored 10 times in 16 Premier League appearances this season, including three goals in the two games against Spurs and Man City.
As for Everton, Ferguson revealed at Friday's press conference that Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin would both be unavailable for selection due to calf problems.

Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph have resumed light training, though, and Lucas Digne is also being tipped to feature after taking part in Friday's training session.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are expected to start as the front two having both scored against Chelsea last weekend, while Gylfi Sigurdsson should keep his spot in midfield.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes, though, remain long-term absentees for the Toffees.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Delph, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Everton Premier League competition form: DWLLLW