Ex-Everton boss David Moyes can expect to get a mixed reaction from Toffees fans today, as he’ll face off against his old side for the first time since leaving Merseyside. The game is the first of three home matches in a row, amongst two competitions and David Moyes must win his two league games against Everton and Newcastle to drag us back into the title race.
United cold leapfrog Everton with a win tonight, and if other results go our way we could find ourselves back in the top four before the night is up. David Moyes is expected to ring the changes here, to keep his squad fresh for the busy winter period which beckons.
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 4th December 2013
Robin van Persie will undergo a late fitness test before the game to decide whether he’ll play or not, and Michael Carrick will definitely miss out due to an achilles problem. Darren Fletcher showed signs of progression for the U21s on Monday night, but Moyes certainly won’t throw him into a game of this magnitude so early on in his comeback. Phil Jones is suspended after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Spurs at the weekend.
Everton visit Old Trafford on the back of a 4-0 thumping victory against Stoke, but they’ll be without a key trio of players. Leighton Baines will miss out with an ankle problem, former United midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for the season after tearing the ACL in his knee. Also Arouna Kone is still sidelined.
David Moyes will be looking to beat his former side, whereas Roberto Martinez will be keen to prove to Everton that they were right to bring him in as a replacement. Both sides sit neck-and-neck in the league table so I expect both of them to go for it here.
Score prediction: United 2-1 Everton
Romelu Lukaku will certainly be a handful, but I expect Wayne Rooney to drag United through it once again.