With both Manchester City and Arsenal winning their respective games on Saturday, the onus is on the Red Devils now to keep pressure for the 4th spot. They will face an indifferent Everton side at home on Sunday.
Everton might have scored the 5th most goals in the league this season, but their defense has been porous. As a result, many of Everton’s good efforts have gone under the carpet, as they sit at 12th place in the league table.
Thus, while both teams are coming into this game with an in-form attack, this fixture has all the traits to be a high-scoring one.
With Rooney still some way short of acquiring full fitness, the Red Devils are expected to go with the same attack that nullified Manchester City a fortnight ago. While Luke Shaw has returned to first team training this week, the English international will watch this game from the sidelines along with the likes of Ander Herrera and Ashley Young.
Also, carrying the scars of international duty, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is the newest Manchester United player who is facing a long term on the treatment table.
As far as Everton are concerned, The Blues have received a boost in the build-up to this fixture as both Oviedo and Jon Stones are in contention for this game. Thus, apart from Gareth Barry who is unavailable for this fixture due to a suspension, which he accumulated against Chelsea, Everton have no notable absentees in this fixture.
While Everton’s defense is shaky, the home pressure that will be exerted on the Red Devils will force the match into a stalemate. Prediction: 1-1.