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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial was passed fit to face Everton at Goodison Park and was one of five changes from the midweek Europa League win over Club Brugge.
Martial missed Thursday’s match with a knock sustained in training but was joined up front by Mason Greenwood with David De Gea returning in goal along with Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.
Everton also made five changes, the most significant being a first start since early November for midfielder Andre Gomes after his horrific ankle injury. Michael Keane replaced Yerry Mina in central defence.
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial
- Play started with a bang at Goodison Park, where David De Gea’s punt upfield was blocked by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and flew into the United goalkeeper’s net in just the third minute.
- The second goalkeeping gaffe of the afternoon saw United deservedly draw level at Goodison Park. England manager Gareth Southgate will not have been pleased to see his number one, Jordan Pickford, beaten by Bruno Fernandes’ hopeful, long-range strike.
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HT: Richarlison glances a signature Leighton Baines delivery wide in the final seconds of the half. We’re level at Goodison Park after a tale of two goalkeeping errors. David de Gea with the first and Jordan Pickford with the second under the watchful eye of England manager Gareth Southgate.
44: Yellow Card for Tom Davies for an extremely late challenge. Silly really having just avoided one in the previous scuffle. Harry Maguire follows him in shortly after for a foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Yellows everywhere today. Some real bite in this one now.
43: Booked! Dominic Calvert-Lewin goes in strongly on Luke Shaw, who reacts very angrily indeed with some pushing and shoving. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti even gets involved when pulling his players away. Easy when you’ve got Duncan Ferguson behind you, eh Carlo?
40: Richarlison, like the Terminator, is back. That’s the second time he’s gone off the field due to injury and the second time he’s returned.
37: Injury blow! Another injury problem for Everton. Seamus Coleman has already had to be withdrawn and now it looks like Richarlison will have to follow. He’s off for treatment.
34: Gareth Southgate will not have enjoyed that equaliser. His number one has been under severe scrutiny in recent months and has given they more ammunition to his doubters. Dean Henderson having the game of his life here today…
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31: GOAL! Manchester United are level and Bruno Fernandes is at it again!
Djibril Sidibe gifts the ball to Nemanja Matic in a dangerous area and the midfielder prods it over to Bruno Fernandes, who leathers it into the bottom corner. Jordan Pickford really should have saved it. We’re level at Goodison Park folks!
30: Half-hour gone and Everton are still ahead. Manchester United have enjoyed more possession but haven’t really been able to create a clear-cut chance. Wolves are now level with Tottenham thanks to Matt Doherty. It’s 1-1.
29: Bad news for Everton as Seamus Coleman hobbles off injured. He’s replaced by Djibril Sidibe. Fingers crossed that’s not too bad.
26: Good approach play from the hosts with Dominic Calvert-Lewin finding Richarlison, who pokes it wide for Gylfi Sigurdsson on the overlap. The Iceland star takes it to the byline before whipping it across the box. Theo Walcott couldn’t adjust his body to make a connection.
23: Manchester United have regained their composure now with plenty of possession in front of Everton’s two, solid banks of four. They’ve not managed to play the right intricate passes in and around the penalty area yet but you sense it’ll come.
20: Tottenham have taken the lead against Wolves in north London. Steven Bergwijn tucked it home after Rui Patricio parried out Dele Alli’s initial effort. 1-0.
17: Well… there’s just no doubt that we’re going to see more goals today with both defences looking extremely open. Mason Greenwood glances a Fred cross over the crossbar before Andre Gomes fires well wide at the other end.
13: Since Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge of Everton on Boxing Day, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more Premier League goals than any other player (8). Gareth Southgate is also watching from the stands today…
11: When did Nemanja Matic turn into Manchester United’s greatest weapon? The veteran midfielder has his second effort of the afternoon, fizzing a diagonal shot that Jordan Pickford parries to safety.
8: Woodwork! It’s all happening today folks. Nemanja Matic’s curled effort from just outside the box cannons of the crossbar and away to safety.
6: It should be 2-0. Manchester United are at sixes and sevens at the back as Dominic Calvert-Lewin collects Michael Keane’s long clearance and goes through one-on-one with David de Gea. The Spanish ‘keeper makes amends with a fine fingertip save.
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4: GOAL! What on earth has happened here?! David de Gea… I’m staggered.
The Manchester United goalkeeper pokes the ball around inside the penalty area, taking his sweet little time to clear the ball. Dominic Calvert-Lewin decides to close him down and the attempted clearance hits the Everton striker and rolls in. However, absolute howler.
3: Ah… well the worst possible news for Everton in the opening 60 seconds and that’s the sight of Richarlison down clutching his knee after a meaty challenge with Victor Lindelof. The ball is rolled out of play for the Brazilian to receive treatment.
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1: And we’re underway at Goodison Park. OK, it’s still chilly, but the sun is shining and the pitch is in excellent condition. I doubt we’ll be seeing a repeat of last season-s 4-0 drubbing but Manchester United will have to be at their best to take all the points today. My cowardly prediction is a 2-2 draw.
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Ole’s extra push…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s January additions can help the team find the consistency they need to secure a Champions League spot.
United signed Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in the transfer window to boost a squad contesting a fierce battle for a top-four place in the Premier League.
“That little spark he’s given us, he’s come in and the feeling around the place is better, ” Solskjaer said about the Portugal international.
“He plays forward passes, he takes chances. He loses the ball a few times but he’s one of the players who looks good when he loses the ball because it’s a good attempt, and he wins the ball back. Delighted with him.
“Odion as well, he’s given us something extra. We’ve missed that type of striker who has been in and around the box and having some tap ins.”
Carlo Ancelotti isn’t in any doubt that Everton are focused on achieving European football. Below is what he’s written in the official match day programme.
“This type of match, against a high-class opponent, allows you to judge the strength and quality in your team,” Ancelotti wrote. “We have had mainly good result for the past two months and the next step is to consistently take points from sides in the top positions. The table is tight, and every point is really important.
“We have not been afraid to say we want to keep climbing the table and achieve European football. To think any other way would be to imagine you are going to lose some games and I cannot see any benefit from having that mindset.”
He’s also done an interview on Sky Sports with Jamie Carragher saying roughly the same.
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Rahman: I’m not happy with this Manchester United team AT ALL.I would’ve played three at the back with Eric Bailly in there. Also again no Brandon Williams. Nemanja Matic is gonna be a problem.
David: Great to see Andre Gomes in the starting line-up, his comeback has been unbelievable. Big chance for Gylfi Sigurdsson to impress today, personally wouldn’t have put him in but in Carlo Ancelotti we trust!
Jay: A bit of a strange midfield for Utd today. I’m guessing Fred will play a bit further forward with Nemanja Matic and Scott Mctominay behind. Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes moving around behind Anthony Martial. Seems a bit unfair on Fred. He’s been playing well in the deeper role recently and now he’s moved.
Team News – Everton
Carlo Ancelotti makes FIVE changes from the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane and Tom Davies replace Djibril Sidibe, Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph.
Theo Walcott replaces former Arsenal colleague Alex Iwobi over on the right flank with Andre Gomes making his first start 119 days after that ankle injury sustained against Tottenham.
Team News – Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes five changes from the side that thumped Club Brugge 5-0 in the Europa League. Still can’t quite believe the handball in that fixture, much less the five-minute VAR review…
Anyway, David de Gea, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic all return to the starting XI.
Elsewhere Anthony Martial is back from a muscle injury to start up front instead of Odion Ighalo. Mason Greenwood, who scored in the reverse fixture against Everton, partners him in attack.
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Tottenham vs Wolves
Hugo Lloris misses out this afternoon with a groin injury. Paulo Gazzaniga starts between the sticks for Spurs. Adama Traore returns for Wolves, as does Ruben Vinagre.
Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Tanganga Davies, Dier, Winks, Bergwijn, Alli, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura.
Subs: Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vorm, Ndombele, Skipp Fernandes, Parrott.
Wolves: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Vinagre, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.
Subs: Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Dendoncker, Kilman, Rasmussen.
Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay are both in the starting XI for Manchester United, Andre Gomes starts having made a brief appearance against Arsenal last weekend.
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Virginia, Delph, Mina, Iwobi, Sidibe, Bernard, Kean.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Mata, Lingard, Pereira, Ighalo, Williams.
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About last year…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced this group will “never give in and never give up” like the Manchester United players that capitulated so embarrassingly on their last visit to Everton.
The 47-year-old endured what remains his most chastening day in the hotseat last April.
Solskjaer apologised to supporters after Everton ran amok in that Premier League encounter, with the United boss saying the heavy 4-0 defeat was “difficult to describe because it is so bad”.
“That was the lowest I’ve been,” Solskjaer said. “I think you all know that and remember that. That was a capitulation. “We had absolutely nothing about us, even though their goals were more or less counter-attacks from set plays and long throw-ins.
“Everything you didn’t want to see you saw in that game. Against Everton at home, they’re hard to play against with two up front. They put players in the box and we knew what we were up against. I’m 100 per cent sure we’ll put a better performance up.”
About last night…
Liverpool’s dream run was demolished in the most unlikely fashion by strugglers Watford.
On the evening when the European champions were expected to complete the best sequence in the history of English football’s top-flight with a 19th straight league victory, they were instead hammered 3-0 by the team lying one from bottom.
I understand the pain Liverpool must be feeling. I attending a charity quiz last night and thought my PHD in watching The Chase would see me crowded victorious.
We finished second last… WELL HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT BEAVERS HAVE TWO SETS OF EYELIDS?!
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Hello folks and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Everton vs Manchester United from Old Trafford.
Everyone feeling fresh and alive? Good, because we’ve got a ridiculous amount of football to enjoy today and sleeping will not be tolerated.
We’re kicking things off at Goodison Park as in-form Manchester United look to collect there points against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. We’ll also bring you updates from Tottenham vs Wolves.
Then we swiftly move onto the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Aston Villa before finishing up with a bit of El Clasico at 8pm.
Team news and line-ups on the way!
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Everton winger Theo Walcott has recovered from a knee injury and could return to the starting line-up.
Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (knee) has been ruled out, left-back Lucas Digne faces a late fitness test and midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) remains a long-term absentee.
Anthony Martial is a doubt for Manchester United. The in-form France forward picked up a muscle complaint in training on Wednesday and missed the Europa League clash against Club Brugge.
Marcus Rashford (back) and Paul Pogba (ankle) remain long-term absentees, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah to get minutes under their belt before returning to first-team action.
Last season: Everton 4 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 2 Everton 1
Last five league matches: Everton D D W W L; Man Utd L L D W W
Top scorers: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) 14; Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) 19
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)
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