The last few games have shown Manchester United play in a reactive manner. Against Newcastle, Chelsea and Juventus midweek, the Reds only decided to come out of the traps after conceding. This weekend we will need to be more pro-active.
Marco Silva, Everton’s highly-rated manager, has made significant changes to the dross witnessed last season under Sam Allardyce. While it is still early days for the 41-year-old at Goodison, the signs are encouraging as he opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation most weeks.
With the signing of Richarlison from Silva’s former club Watford, the Portuguese tactician believes their partnership can help revive the blue half of Merseyside.
Date: Sunday 28th October
TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League
Stream: Sky Go
From a tactical outlook, United’s defence has been a mess this season and Everton striker Cenk Tosun will look to make horizontal runs to drag either or both centre-backs out of position to allow room in behind for Theo Walcott or Richarlison to exploit.
Everton also like to get their full-backs forward and into crossing positions, with Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne both dangerous in the opposition’s half.
Marcus Rashford returned to the right flank in recent weeks and needs a to get a big performance under his belt should Mourinho stick with the England international. His form for United doesn’t resemble the same levels he plays at for the Three Lions and the manager must find a solution.
Sunday should suit a player like Rashford though, as Digne is often at fault for jumping into tackles too early and committing fouls. He should be aiming to take advantage of the former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona full-back.
This fixture also sees Romelu Lukaku face some f his former teammates, but they will be happy if his form of late continues. He has lost a lot of momentum from last season, yet still manages to score on international duty for Belgium.
Whether that’s down to Jose Mourinho’s conservative system or the player underperforming, something has to give in the coming weeks and it’s looking like United may need a back-up centre-forward in January.
Unlike our previous outings, United are favourites to win this game with BetHard, priced at 20/27 while Everton can be backed at 17/4. However, given his form of late, Anthony Martial to score the first goal is brilliantly priced at 11/2 (7/4 anytime goalscorer). That is our bet of the game.
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Last six meetings: Man Utd W4, D2
Unless attack from the start, like they should at home against teams like Everton, we’ve every chance of getting three points. If Mourinho decides to sit back and defend in numbers it could a long, dreary or chaotic encounter. There will be goals.
Man Utd 2-1 Everton