United will be seeking to exorcise the ghosts of their 6-1 rout against Man City, last week, while the Toffees, who have had four losses in their last five games, will be seeking to redeem their record. Match week nine provided Everton cause for cheer when they beat Fulham 3-1, away at Craven Cottage. But the midweek loss to Chelsea in the Carling Cup would have dampened that cheer, somewhat.
The match at Goodison Park last season was a humdinger, with the hosts fighting back from a two-goal deficit to secure a late draw, on the back of goals by Cahill and Arteta.
Given United’s defensive frailties, the Toffees will rely on the attacking potential at their disposal, in the form of the redoubtable duo of Cahill and Saha. Osman and Coleman, with their precise crosses from the wings could also pose a threat. That said, Everton have shipped two goals per game, on average, in their last five matches, and theirdefence could take a pounding from United’s forwards who will be wanting to prove a point or two after the loss to City.
Apart from Anichebe, owing to injury, and Drenthe, on the back of a red card suspension, Everton have their major problems fit and ready for action against United.
Manchester United are also vulnerable in defence and Sir Alex could have Vidic back in the squad, replacing Johny Evans, who was red-carded in the game with City. The Old Trafford side will seek to offset their defensive frailties with their redoubtable attack, led by an in-form Rooney, currently the league’s top-scorer with nine goals, and the mercurial Hernandez, duly supported by Nani and Young in the wings. Cleverley’s return from injury bodes well for United and the young midfielder could give Fergusson’s wards the decisive edge.
Everton’s probable eleven: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Osman, rodwell, Fellaini, Saha, Cahill
Manchester United’s probable eleven: De Gea, Evra, Smalling, Vidic, Jones, nani, Young, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez
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