With little left to play for this season, and so many established names likely to leave in the summer, David Moyes may ring the changes for a game vital to Everton’s chances of snatching 4th place from under Arsene Wenger’s nose.
Although Rooney is apparently fit, he is unlikely to be risked despite training well this week. Hernandez is one of the players expected to be interested in a move away from the club in the summer, and game time will only help his confidence and form going into this summer’s World Cup, where he will be in the shop window for a potentially big money move.
It has been well documented that Ryan Giggs has no desire to remain whilst Moyes is at the helm and he is likely to get a run in the side as the season draws to a close. His swan song will be an emotional moment for 2 generations of United fans who grew up with him on their bedroom walls. So much has already been written about the impact of the man, even as a 40 year old he is still usually the best player on the pitch and he has adapted his game in a manner never seen before in modern day football. He was, and is a phenomenon, and for many the idea that Giggs is leaving the club before Moyes is unthinkable.
Following him in all likelihood will be Ferdinand, Evra and as we all know – Vidic. They have all been great servants for United too and will be given playing time during the next 4 games.
This game represents more to Everton – who beat United at Old Trafford earlier this season – than it does to United who have a Europa Cup spot hanging over them if they manage to pip Tottenham to 7th. Moyes would like to win on his return to Goodison Park, but he’s not going to find it easy.
Kagawa, Januzaj, Valencia, Rooney and Phil Jones are all likely to be on the bench, while Rafael and Johnny Evans are out injured.