On the back of last weekend’s visit to Stamford Bridge, Manchester United face another away day. This weekend they visit Goodison Park to play against Everton. Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways after the narrow 1-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend. In a game where United dominated possession but couldn’t find a way to put the ball in Chelsea’s net. Manchester United will be looking to further consolidate their position in the top four of the Premier League. In this fixture last season, Everton won the game 3-0, a result that proved to be the final straw for United’s board of David Moyes tenure of United manager. For me this fixture last season really showed me that Moyes wasn’t the right man for Manchester United.
I always felt when watching Everton under David Moyes, that they could only play one way and in my eyes this was down to the players not being able to adapt to different styles. I watched Everton several times last season before United’s game at Goodison Park. I saw them adapting different styles and tactics, performing well and defeating some of the top teams in this country by outplaying them and not just by being very disciplined and defending extremely well and taking the rare chances they may have to score. In this fixture last season United were totally outplayed by Everton and United looked toothless despite the attacking talent they had on the pitch. Thankfully United made the right decision in removing Moyes from his position as manager
Manchester United go into this match third in the Premier League table, with the opportunity to overtake rivals Arsenal in 2nd place if only for a few hours. Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates after the United game against Everton. United go into this game with several injury problems. Blind, Carrick, Rojo and Jones all missed last weekend defeat at Chelsea. Rafael and Januzaj both picked up knocks playing for the under 21s earlier this week. Rafael has suffered broken ribs so will not play again this season, many may question whether he has played his last game in a Manchester United shirt. He seems to be out of favour with Van Gaal, with Valencia playing ahead of him at right-back this season even when he’s been fit. Blind is the only one of the injured players that could return against Everton, with Carrick, Jones and Rojo all certain to out according to Van Gaal. Surely if Blind is fit, he will return to the holding midfield role and Rooney will be free to play upfront again.
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