Manchester United‘s next Premier League fixture comes against Everton at Goodison Park as they look to try and end the season on a high note after some disappointing performances in the last months.
Knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Ralf Rangnick‘s side have little to play for as the campaign reaches it’s final stretch. It will need to be a near-perfect end to the season if they are to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Meanwhile, Everton’s dire results throughout the season have left them in a relegation scrap, one which they were dragged into even more so with the 3-2 loss against Burnley earlier this week. They are one point above Sean Dyche‘s side, who are 18th in the league.
The opposition: Everton
Everton’s last five: LLLWL
Frank Lampard took over in Merseyside at the end of January, where the team were loitering above the drop. To avoid that, his team were injected with the likes of Dele Alli, Anwar El Ghazi, Nathan Patterson, Vitaliy Mykolenko and the United loanee Donny van de Beek.
They, however, did lose Lucas Digne and failed to address to some major areas of concern in their squad, which has seen them fall into the pit that they did not want to fall into.
Since Lampard has joined the club, they had won four of their 12 games, but just two of those have came in the Premier League, while they’ve lost the remaining seven games in league format.
They have lost every single away match since he came, but those four wins came from six Goodison Park fixtures. One of the two losses came at the hands of Manchester City, where Everton provided a stern test for the current champions.
While quality has been severely lacking in their performances, Everton have everything to play for. They will have the full support of their home crowd, and this could make it difficult for United.
United’s last five: DLWLD
Rangnick started his tenure at the club well. He improved performances, but there was one particular problem: the players couldn’t find the back of the net.
The side were creating more chances and had improved upon their dreadful defensive performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but their rewards were few and far between.
Since then, United have slipped away from the top four and have crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League. There has been a drop in performances in that time and it almost seems like some of the players are just waiting for the new season.
This could be a bad recipe against an Everton side who will be fighting for their lives, especially considering that United have won just won game in their last six.
For the Reds, they have games against Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon. So the next two fixtures against Everton and Norwich are pivotal for them if top four is still to be in reach by the time United face Mikel Arteta‘s side.