Match Preview: The Red Devils Vs The Toffees
By Adenike Olusiku
With both teams suffering a setback from last weekend matches, with a draw for United and a loss for Everton against their city rivals Liverpool, their inability to win both of their matches put a dent on their top four aspirations.
On my Match Day 30 article, I wrote that all Manchester United had to do was win their match and hope that other results goes their way but yet again they drew another home match. United have won only six out of fifteen home league games this season and that has been their major downfall.
The Evertonians again lost a Merseyside derby, they couldn’t handle the individual brilliance that Liverpool poses with a statistic of four wins and seventeen losses. You shouldn’t expect more from Everton even with their recent form.
Manchester United would be delighted going in full strength into the game, with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Hererra returning from suspension and Paul Pogba from injury although they would be missing players like Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
For Koeman, the fitness problems are in even greater number. Right-back Seamus Coleman will miss the rest of 2016-17 after breaking his leg against Wales in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in March, and the Dutchman listed Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy as injured prior to Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Defeat for either side on Tuesday would mean a reckoning with their respective fanbases, as United angle for a strong response to Saturday’s bore draw at home, while the Toffees will be infuriated with their derby defeat.
Despite there being major promise at what Mourinho might achieve at Old Trafford particularly after spending more than £150 million on players last summer figures show United aren’t progressing as hoped.