Manchester United host Everton in the Premier League in Saturday’s early kick-off hoping to build on a 1-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday night.
That victory, albeit narrow, was pretty dominant and injected some fresh impetus into the club’s top four ambitions after a difficult few weeks.
Here’s a look at the starting XI that Erik ten Hag could pick for the visit of the Toffees.
GK: David de Gea – Fans saw the best and worst of the Spaniard against Brentford, almost costing a goal with poor kicking but later making a huge one-on-one save that preserved the lead.
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Could return to the lineup after being back on the bench in midweek.
CB: Raphael Varane – On course to start a fifth Premier League game in a row.
CB: Lisandro Martinez – Easily one of United’s best and most influential performers
LB: Tyrell Malacia – Impressed when he came off the bench in place of Luke Shaw in the first half on Wednesday. Could keep that place here with Shaw a doubt.
CM: Scott McTominay – Put in a huge shift against Brentford and will be keen to carry that on here, esepcially after a strong international break as well.
CM: Marcel Sabitzer – The Austrian could potentially help United pick through Everton’s lines, which are likely to be tiht and compact.
RM: Antony – His shooting radar wasn’t quite tuned in against Brentford but he was heavily involved in a number of promising attacks.
AM: Bruno Fernandes – Will captain the side in the absence of Harry Maguire and his chances of landing that role permanently seem to be going up and up.
LM: Marcus Rashford – The difference against Brentford, as he so often has been this season. Nowonly two goals shy of hitting 30 in all competitions for the first time in his career.
ST: Wout Weghorst – Will offer United a different kind of threat after Rashford played the ‘number nine’ role last time out. Would result in Jadon Sancho dropping out of the side.
On this edition of The Promised Land, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette discuss the win over Brentford and what was different about it, Marcel Sabitzer, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial’s return, Everton & the Hall of Fame. If you can’t see this embed, click here to listen to the podcast!