Life is looking rosier for Manchester United since they came back from the winter break.
Wins against Chelsea and Watford have put them right back in contention for the top four and Manchester City’s ban from European competitions for the next two seasons has actually put the Red Devils in the final Champions League qualification spot.
They also got past Club Brugge with ease in the Europa League, romping to a 5-0 win in the second leg at Old Trafford to book their place in the round-of-16.
It puts them in a healthy position going into their Premier League match at Everton on Sunday.
The Toffees have improved since Carlo Ancelotti took charge in December but suffered a defeat in their last outing against Arsenal.
United’s last visit to Goodison Park saw them get slaughtered 4-0 in April 2019 – a poor performance that former Red Devil Gary Neville described as ‘rancid.’
On the positive side, the only way is up and Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for a result this time.
He’ll be without the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba and another injury concern is Anthony Martial, who sat out the win over Brugge as he picked up a thigh injury earlier in the week.
A scan on Friday will give the club an idea about the extent of his injury and whether he’ll be fit to play on Sunday.
Below you can see how Manchester United should line up against Everton, according to talkSPORT.com.
United usually go for a 3-4-3 formation for tricky away matches but Martial’s potential absence poses a problem.
The Frenchman may have three goals in his last three appearances but playing him while carrying an injury wouldn’t be a smart move especially given Rashford isn’t back any time soon.
So we’ve gone for Ighalo, who against Brugge, up top and if goals are an issue then Martial can always come off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes has reinvigorated United in attack so should obviously start in the No.10 role. Alongside him should be Daniel James and Juan Mata, who both played on Thursday.
Scott McTominay marked his return to the first-team with a goal against Brugge but a game at Everton could be too intense for a player easing his way back from injury. So Fred, who scored twice, should play alongside Nemanja Matic.
David de Gea will start in goal and Eric Bailly’s return to fitness should see him start alongside captain Harry Maguire, while mainstays at full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw should also get the nod.