Manchester United will get an opportunity on September 17 against Everton to make things right after their smooth run of 3 opening Premier League came to a crashing halt at Bet365 stadium when they were held by Stoke City to 2-2 draw. Everton crashed to their second successive Premier League defeat when they were mauled in their own backyard, Goodison Park, 0-3 by Tottenham on Saturday. The Toffees were without the services of the reliable Phil Jagielka, probably rested for the side’s mid-week trip to Italy to play Atalanta in a Europa league opener. Winger Kevin Mirallas was also rested and so was the £10 million Croatian signing Nikola Vlasic for the Atalanta clash. Jagielka, Mirallas and Vlasic should all be available for the weekend outing at Old Trafford and should lend more solidity to the side’s defense, mid-field and forward ranks. Big signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen who looked very lackluster against the Spurs will have to live up to their reputations on Sunday while the defense of Michael Keane, Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines that was torn to shreds at the Goodison Park by Harry Kane & co. will have to prepare themselves for further ravages in the form of former club-mate, Romelu Lukakau. Phil Jagielka’s return should steady the shaky defense of the Toffees, though.
Mark Hughes was effective in exploiting a United defense that was playing high up by resorting to some high long through passing that gave folks like Stoke forwards Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting ample opportunities to break through in the rival goal-mouth. Koeman may have something similar in mind. But it’s easier said than done.
The speed of Marcus Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Pogba will be omnipresent at the Old Trafford to spoil whatever strategies Ronald Koeman may have in store. Lukaku missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities against Stoke and such errors are not likely to be repeated by the prolific 24-year old Belgian when he faces his former club on September 17. Meanwhile Jose Mourinho’s men will have to prepare themselves for their first UEFA Champions League outing of the season against Swiss club Basel at Old Trafford itself on Thursday.
As for the Sunday’s Premier League clash, odds are in favor of United prevailing over a jet-lagged Everton. One can’t foresee the visiting Toffees to put up much of fight after a tiring Italian sojourn.
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