Manchester United return to action this weekend, hoping to take advantage of their confidence boosting win over West Ham in the EFL Cup when they travel to out of form Everton, who have only won one out of their last 8 games.
Finally, the prayers of every United fan have been answered and it seems Henrikh Mkhitaryan has earnt his place in the starting line-up at long last, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be exiting it any time soon. The Armenian wasn’t the only player to impress against the Hammers. Anthony Martial returned to the starting line-up after having a poor season so far, riddled with injuries and lacklustre performances. The 20-year-old, who finished top scorer for the club last year with 17 goals, got a brace and reminded the boss what he’s been missing.
Wayne Rooney picked up his 5th yellow card of the term, meaning he is suspended for the game against his boyhood club, which will be a shame as he’s starting to silence the critics that have been getting on his back over the previous weeks for his actions on and off the field. United will also be without left-back Luke Shaw after picking up a knock midweek, forcing the Rui Faria to make a change at half-time. Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are likely to return to the line-up this weekend after being suspended for the EFL Cup clash.
David De Gea
Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo, Daley Blind
Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial
Although Jose Mourinho has been in favour of picking the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford on the wings, I think this week has been a turning point for the side. It’s going to be tough dropping any of the players that played on Wednesday after such an impressive, attacking performance.
It’s only a matter of time until United find their goal scoring boots in the league, and if the performance is anything like it was mid-week, it could come against the Toffees who haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since their 3-0 win over Sunderland in September.
Playing at Goodison Park is always a tough fixture, but I believe United will be able to take advantage of the poor form of the home side and get the three points.
Article by Ben Emmott