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Man Utd vs Everton: Erik ten Hag’s side look to bounce back from derby-day defeat as they host Premier League strugglers

MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to return to winning ways when they host Everton THIS afternoon!

Erik ten Hag‘s side will be hoping to bounce back after their disappointing derby day defeat to Manchester City.

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by rivals Manchester City last Sunday

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Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by rivals Manchester City last SundayCredit: GETTY
Everton were beaten by the same scoreline by West Ham

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Everton were beaten by the same scoreline by West HamCredit: Alamy

The Red Devils took the lead at the Etihad courtesy of a Marcus Rashford thunderbolt

However, City’s dominance eventually prevailed in the second half, with the blue side of Manchester running out 3-1 winners.

Man Utd need to get back to winning ways against the Toffees if they want to keep their hopes of European football next season alive.

They are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table but are six points behind Tottenham in fifth and 11 behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

Their current place is not safe either with a win being needed to hold off West Ham.

The Hammers are just two points behind United, and a loss against the Toffees could see them leapfrogged by the London side.

Ten Hag has insisted that the club’s hunt for European football is not over as they have already caught up to the leading pack once this season.

Elsewhere, Everton are five points clear of the bottom three after their 10-point deduction for breaching the Premier League‘s profitability and sustainability rules were reduced to six on appeal.

Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can go to Old Trafford and cause an upset to claim the Toffees’ first win in the top flight since last year.

Last time out they lost to West Ham at Goodison Park despite leading the fixture.

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Summer signing Beto grabbed his second league goal of the season with a fine header but the team’s fragile defence soon crumbled.

Kurt Zouma haunted his former side before Tomas Soucek and Edson Alvarez netted in stoppage time to hand Dyche’s side defeat.

Team news

Erik ten Hag will be hoping that star striker Rasmus Hojlund will be fit enough to return from muscle injury that has kept him out of the last three matches.

Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could feature against the Toffees after nearly two months on the sidelines.

Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia and Anthony Martial are all expected to miss this weekend’s match.

For Everton, Idrissa Gana Gueye could return from a groin injury, while Arnaut Danjuma will remain out with an ankle problem.

What is their form like?

Man United’s form of late has been shaky with two losses in the Premier League coming against Man City and Fulham.

These defeats came either side of beating Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, in which a late goal from Casemiro was needed to avoid extra time.

Before the league slump, the Red Devils had been in good nick having won four on the bounce and were unbeaten in six in all competitions.

Everton, however, is without a win in their last five games, having been beaten twice and drawn three times.

The club’s last league success came on December 16 when they beat Burnley to cap off a run of four consecutive victories.

Since then there has been one win in the FA Cup, seven defeats and six draws.

Who will the star men be?

Alejandro Garnacho stole the show when the sides met at Goodison Park back in November.

United won the clash 3-0 but the moment of the match was the Argentine’s potential goal of the season just three minutes in.

Garnacho smashed in a wonderful overhead kick which will give him plenty of confidence going into the reverse fixture.

The winger has scored five goals and assisted three more in 25 league games this season but has not scored since the win over West Ham in February.

Jordan Pickford has often proved to be Everton’s savour over the last few troublesome seasons.

The England No.1 is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and is no stranger to pulling off some wonderful saves.

Pickford has continued to impress this season with eight clean sheets in his 27 appearances.

He has already made 80 saves in the league and will be key to the Toffees’ success at Old Trafford.

What have the managers said?

Erik ten Hag has insisted that United can still aim for a Champions League spot.

He said: “You have to get some points back and then you have to win a game like against City.

“There are still many games to play. Everyone can beat everyone, so things can quickly turn around.

“We have to win our games. Number five can also be a position for the Champions League, so we have to fight for it.”

Sean Dyche was admittedly frustrated after Everton threw away at least a point against West Ham last weekend.

However, he did insist that the level of performance from his side recently deserved more rewards.

“We’re a group effort. It’s not just me, it’s not just the staff, it’s not just the players; it’s all of us pulling together.

“We do feel like we’re structuring the team well and the performances are good.

“As you can tell, I’m frustrated by that because there’s so much good in that performance, so many good habits, but I can’t keep saying that if we’re not winning games or scoring goals.

“That’s just bizarre for me to say that. But there has to be a truth in the performance and it’s driving me mad, because that’s another good performance, that’s a Premier League performance that probably should win and certainly should not lose. And yet we do and that’s so, so frustrating.”

SunSport prediction

Manchester United 2 Everton 1

When is Man Utd vs Everton?

  • Man Utd vs Everton will take place TODAY – Saturday, March 9.
  • Kick off will be at 12.30pm GMT.
  • Old Trafford will host.

What TV channel is Man Utd vs Everton on and can it be live streamed?

  • Man Utd vs Everton will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 1.
  • You can live stream the match via the discovery+ app/website.
  • Alternatively, you can follow SunSport’s live blog to keep up to date with all the action.

What are the odds?

Match results

  • Man Utd – 5/6
  • Draw – 11/4
  • Everton – 3/1

*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and are correct at the time of publication.

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