By Andy Hyslop
- United looking to bounce back after 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out
- Rooney and Carrick available after missing England games
- McNair unavailable, Herrera and Rojo been back in training
Venue: Goodison Park Date and Kick-Off: Saturday 17 October 3pm
Manchester United head to Goodison Park on Saturday, looking to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 to Arsenal before the International break. That was United’s second league defeat of the season. So United can’t afford to suffer another defeat in this one.
Louis Van Gaal and his players have had nearly to weeks to think about what happened against Arsenal. The majority of the players would have left for International duty straight after the game against Arsenal and have only just returned to the club in the last few days.
Despite it being two weeks ago, the Arsenal game will still be fresh in the mind for Van Gaal and his players. But now is time to move on from that. As Van Gaal spoke about in his press conference, himself and the players have analysed why United performed so bad. And they mustn’t let it happen again.
Van Gaal said that we must learn from the defeat. Not just the players but also himself and his coaching staff. Manchester United want to be the champions so we must behave like champions. He is confident United will bounce back having seen his players reaction in training this week.
On the injury news, United will be without Ashley Young and Paddy McNair. Whilst their was no comment on Bastian Schweinsteiger, who missed both of Germany’s games during in the International break. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo have been back in training but won’t be fit enough to start.
Whilst England due Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are fit and available after they missed both of England’s games during the break.
United’s opponents Everton will be looking build on their good start to the season. They currently sit in seventh place having won three, drawn four and lost one of their eight games so far. A win for Everton would see them move onto 16 points and would go above United on goal difference.
Last time out they drew 1-1 with Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park and they haven’t already beaten Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison this season. They are missing several players through injury, with Baines and Cleverly set to be out until the start of November.
John Stones missed the draw with Liverpool, with a knee injury. Roberto Martinez confirmed on Thursday that expects the England defender to be fit for the game, though he isn’t match-fit having missed the games against West Brom and Liverpool and pulled out of the England squad.