Match Preview – Everton vs Manchester United

Manchester United will be looking to avoid a fifth straight away defeat when they travel to Everton on Sunday.

Defeat to Barcelona in midweek made it four straight away defeats for Manchester United, the first time they’ve done that since 1999. That loss at the Nou Camp ensured an exit from the Champions League and put further pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian has had a bad run of things of late, so much so that some are now questioning whether making him permanent manager was the right decision after all.

Ending their lousy run at Goodison Park will not be an easy task, though. The Blues have turned up against Arsenal and Chelsea at home in recent weeks and will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Fulham last weekend.

Marco Silva’s side are also on the hunt for a European place themselves and will be confident of beating a United side in poor form. It should make for an exciting clash.

Team News

Everton will be without Andre Gomes for three games after he received a retrospective ban for a stamp on Aleksandr Mitrovic.

Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin are the likely candidates to replace him, although James McCarthy could get a surprise opportunity. Yerry Mina is still absent through injury.

United, meanwhile, are without Luke Shaw, who is also serving a two-game ban. Fellow defenders Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are also out.

Ander Herrera is back in training following a thigh injury while Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez are also available.

What the managers said

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Marco Silva manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Everton boss Marco Silva focused on Andre Gomes in his pre-match press conference, admitting his side will miss the Portuguese midfielder.

“We know Andre,” he added.

“He is an honest and fair football player, and he enjoys what he is doing here.

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“In that moment, he didn’t show that. Of course, we will miss him. He’s a very, very good player and is helping us.

“He was in a good moment also. But it will be a good opportunity for another to come and show his quality.

“It was not the first time for us with some injuries, even if this season we didn’t have big, big injuries in our squad.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 30: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on at half time of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on March 30, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, admitted there is no easy fix for Manchester United at present.

“We know we have to be realistic here and we know we have a job to be done,” he said.

“There’s no quick fix, it’s not like we buy seven players and suddenly we’re in the right shape, we are where we are.

“We have to take it step-by-step, and of course there will be signings made in the summer.”

Stats

Everton have lost more Premier League matches against Manchester United than any side has against another in the history of the competition.

Everton have won their last two home Premier League games against ‘big six’ sides, as many as they had in their previous 19 in the competition. They last won three home league games in a row against such opponents in the competition in March 2012.

Everton’s only previous league win, and Man Utd’s only previous league defeat on Easter Sunday came in this exact fixture in the 2013-14 campaign.

Manchester United have lost their last two Premier League away games – they’ve not lost three in a row on the road since January 1996.

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals against Man Utd – they’re his favourite side to play.

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