Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Everton. Rio Ferdinand is expected to make his 450th career league start, while Ashley Young could play his 200th Premier League game.
Everton defender Leighton Baines will miss out with a hamstring injury sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Liverpool. Jack Rodwell remains sidelined but Steven Pienaar is available, having been cup-tied last weekend.
Coming into the spring, the visit of Everton looked – on paper at least – to be Manchester United’s trickiest fixture ahead of the derby game at neighbours City. Wigan soon ended that theory with their unexpected win, and a look at recent encounters between United and Everton doesn’t exactly back it up either!
David Moyes’ team are always capable of giving anyone a game on their day as we all know, but they haven’t had anything like a great day at Old Trafford for years now.
You have to go back to the inaugural season of the Premier League to find the last time the blue half of Merseyside actually won there. That’s 20 years since Peter Beardsley, Robert Warzycha and Mo Johnston all scored in a 3-0 victory back in August 1992.
The blip against Wigan aside, United have been playing like a team seemingly headed for the title for a few weeks now. Nine wins out of the last 10 is impressive enough, and they’ve only conceded one goal in the last seven league matches. Their current tally of 82 points is already two more than they needed to win the title last year.
They’ve won all seven of their home games since the turn of the year and you have to go all the way back to 2009 and a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa to find the last time they failed to score at home in the league.
From a neutral point of view the hope has to be that Everton have picked themselves up after the disappointment of last week’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Liverpool and are ready to go again. Their league form is good, with 10 points from the last 12 available and three clean sheets in that four-game span.
There’s only been one goal in it in three of the last four league encounters at Old Trafford between the two sides, but Manchester United have prevailed each time and will take another large step towards the title if they do so again here.
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