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Super Sunday: Manchester United v Everton Match Preview

With the international break done and dusted, Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata against Everton’s Ross Barkley

It has been a long international break for Everton as their disappointing league season continued as they were comprehensibly beaten by Arsenal 2-0 at Goodison Park, their 8th league defeat at home this season.

It was a different case for United, who were buoyant during the international break after a 1-0 win over bitter rivals Manchester City, a result which reignited their top 4 hopes.

For Everton, their league season is more or less over with very little to play for as they are stuck in mid table, and the FA Cup will most definitely take priority.

Of course, this could be a preview to a potential FA Cup semi final match with Everton facing the winner out of Man Utd and West Ham at Wembley later this month.

Manchester United does have a few injury concerns, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is out with a knee injury suffered during the international break.

He joins a list of casualties which include Rooney (knee), Keane (groin), Jones (ankle) and Shaw (leg). Injured duo Ander Herrera and Ashley Young, both of whom are suffering groin injuries are an outside chance to play.

Possible Starting XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Martial, Rashford

Everton are set to gain a couple of valuable players, Bryan Oviedo has recovered from a chest infection and should be available for selection, Kevin Mirallas, who was sent off in the game against West Ham has completed his suspension, although Gareth Barry serves the final match of his 2 game ban following the red card against Chelsea.

In terms of injuries, Everton have a relatively clean bill of health with only long term absentees Pienaar, Hibbert and Browning all out with knee injuries.

Possible Starting XI: Robles, Baines, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Besic, McCarthy, Barkley, Lennon, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

Player to watch: Marcus Rashford.

The academy graduate has provided the club with a massive boost since his debut. The youngster became the youngest goal scorer in a Manchester derby as he scored the lone goal and added to his impressive record which stands at 5 goals in 8 games.

It has been a very impressive introduction to senior football and he looms as a big danger for the Everton defence.

Rashford, although young, seems to have that nous of being in the right place at the right time, something that is invaluable for a striker, and also has a nice combination of technical ability and physicality.

Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has been one of the main high points from a disappointing season. The striker has scored 18 goals this season, and his goals have really saved Everton from a truly disastrous season.

Many people raised eyebrows after he completed a 28mil permanent move to Everton a couple summers ago, but he has more than lived up to that price, and should Lukaku want to leave, Everton would stand to make a tidy profit.

He has all the tools to become a world class striker, and his goal scoring record for his age is unrivalled in world football.

By Robert Muriisa.

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