Manchester United travel to face Everton at Goodison Park as they return to Premier League action after the international break.
Erik ten Hag, as anyone who follows football knows, has had to deal with a monumental injury crisis at Manchester United this season, with 17 players having been unavailable through injury or otherwise so far in the campaign at Old Trafford.
This has caused problems, with United recording nine wins and nine losses across their 18 fixtures so far, leaving them sixth in the Premier League table, bottom of their Champions League group, and out of the Carabao Cup.
There has, however, been recent hope, with the team collecting 12 out of their last possible 15 points – more than any other team in the league during the same timeframe.
During the international break, there was a big injury scare, with André Onana having to be substituted through injury for Cameroon last week and subsequently being sent back to Manchester for further medical tests. However, the goalkeeper has trained for the last three days and is expected to be available to start against Everton on Sunday.
There are no changes expected to the current back four that won against Luton Town, with Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelöf, and Sergio Reguilón all expected to start – although Reguilón may have his place taken in the next few weeks after it was confirmed that Luke Shaw had returned to training after a 10-week injury layoff.
In midfield is where Ten Hag will be forced into one change. With Christian Eriksen having been confirmed as out for at least another two weeks and Mason Mount suffering a calf problem, Kobbie Mainoo may finally get his chance to have a run in the team. Scott McTominay is expected to keep his place in the base of midfield, while captain Bruno Fernandes will undoubtedly start.
In the attack, two more changes are expected. There was an initial concern about Marcus Rashford after the winger had to be substituted after a heavy collision with Trent Alexander Arnold at Wembley last Friday, but this was squashed after he was spotted in full English training a few days later – he is expected to continue in Ten Hag’s XI.
Rasmus Højlund, however, is a major doubt to face Everton after suffering an injury two weeks ago against Luton, which paves the way for Anthony Martial to start up front. Martial has eight goals against the Toffies in his career so far, scoring more against Everton than any other single opponent.
Finally, Antony may be in line for a return to the right wing after Alejandro Garnacho briefly occupied the position. Antony scored at Goodison Park last season and will look to replicate this as he aims to get on the scoresheet for the first time since April.
Predicted Manchester United XI:
Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelöf, Reguilón, McTominay, Mainoo, Fernandes, Antony, Martial, Rashford.
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