​NJOBE’S BLOG PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED V EVERTON

Manchester United vs Everton preview

I am one of those Manchester United fans who support the team with a lot of passion. On 3 March 2016, Manchester United defeated Everton when

Tonight, Everton make the short trip to Manchester from Merseyside, where they lost 3-1 at Liverpool in Saturday’s local derby. I usually watch football in a bias manner; it’s always my wish that the two teams ahead and behind Manchester United should be defeated in all their encounters. Ronald Koeman’s side have been in fine form, losing just one of their last 12 matches prior to the weekend’s defeat. United are also looking to bounce back from a disappointing result, where they drew West Brom 0-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday. However the players and fans are still enjoying the team’s 19 match(though with 11 draws) unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Victory against Everton would take Jose Mourinho’s side to within two points of Manchester City, on the same number of games, before the Blues visit league leaders Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Team news ahead of the game 

Top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Ander Herrera are poised to return to United’s matchday squad after serving their domestic suspensions but Juan Mata is ruled out after the club confirmed on Friday night that the Spaniard has had surgery for a groin injury. 

In the blue corner, Everton’s six injured players include right-back Seamus Coleman who infamously suffered a double leg fracture while playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales last week. Argentina centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori could be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee problem that was also sustained on international duty, ex-United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss out on a return to Old Trafford and Aaron Lennon is also sidelined.

What happened in the reverse fixture?

The sides drew 1-1 in early December at Goodison Park when a late Leighton Baines penalty, given away by ex-Everton star Marouane Fellaini, cancelled out a first-half opener from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ander Herrera was unfortunate to fire a shot against the woodwork when the score was still 1-0 to the Reds.

Watch out! It’s against Lukaku!            The man to watch tonight is the deadly Romelu Lukaku who has scored 21 Premier League goals so far this term. Behind the marksman lies an effective midfield, with the young duo of Tom Davies and Ross Barkley providing a supply line – the latter has produced seven assists this season.

How’s the head-to-head record?   United are unbeaten in four meetings with Everton and have only lost 8 times in 49 Premier League games against the Blues, winning 33 and drawing the other 8.

Check out full preview and more via http://www.manutd.com/en/Fixtures-And-Results/Match-Reports/2017/Mar/Match-Preview-855476-Manchester-United-v-Everton-4-April-2017.aspx

COME ON, UTD! 

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Author: Njobe Serge Ngala

A Masters 1 student, Université de Dschang. Blogger and radio anchor

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