Manchester United - Everton v United Preview
UK time is: 10:38:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Everton vs. United

Goodison Park



Everton v United Preview

It`s time to get our Premier League campaign back on track this weekend. After the huge disappointment of the thrashing by Manchester City last Sunday, we could have hoped for an easier fixture than the traditional feisty encounter that awaits us at Goodison Park. But, on the other hand, it could be an ideal opportunity to silence those doubters who reckon we`re on the slide!

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the clash, one of those players who hasn`t featured much but could feature tomorrow, Ji Sung Park, has issued a rally cry to pull the squad together after the torment of losing 6-1, to our noisy-neighbours, last Sunday.

This is what Park had to say,

"We have to concentrate and everyone has to turn up to show the City game has not affected us."

"We have to get over it."

"We have to put it right on the pitch. Everton is a very important game to us and we have to go there and fight to get the points."

"It`s not an easy game at Goodison Park."

"It`s always difficult there. Just look at last season, when we were winning 3-1 and in injury time they scored two goals."

Another loss, or even the dropping of two points, would play right into City`s hands!

And as for Sir Alex Ferguson, the boss had this to say about the fixture tomorrow lunchtime,

"Hopefully we`ll recover from that disappointment of last week. It`s something we`ve done well over the years and we`ll do it again."

Everton Team News:

David Moyes will be ruing the events of extra time in the recent Caring Cup clash with Chelsea. Those final thirty minutes saw Royston Drenthe sent off and the Dutchman will not be available to face United.

Mucha, who committed a howler for the first Chelsea goal, will be replaced by the ex-United keeper, Tim Howard. Also during midweek, another United old-boy, Phil Neville, was hooked off early and his participation in this match could be in doubt.

During the summer, Moyes lost the influential Mikel Arteta, to Arsenal, and the loss of the Spaniard has taken away something from a team that hasn`t got off to the best of starts.

Another struggling to be fit is the Australian international, Tim Cahill.

Player to watch: Louis Saha

The former United player has been singled out by Ji Sung Park as the danger-man in the Everton side, with Park commenting,

"We know his abilities are good when he`s fit."

"Now he`s on form and on fire. But we can deal with that because we know him."

I hope so because if our defence is as lapse as it was last week, it could be game over.

United Team News:

Having witnessed the demolition by City last weekend, and then the Carling Cup win over Aldershot, albeit fielding an entirely different side, Sir Alex Ferguson has to weigh up whether to shuffle his pack and field a combination of the two starting eleven`s at Goodison Park.

Already the press is intimating that Sir Alex will make changes and that the starting eleven could well be:-

De Gea, Fabio, Vidic, Jones, Smalling, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney and Welbeck.

They may not be far wrong although we understand that Ashley Young will need to recover from a toe injury to take his place in the starting eleven.

Player to watch: Wayne Rooney

Having been part of the side that were tore apart last Sunday, against Manchester City, Rooney will be itching to get back to winning ways and get back on the score sheet. Knowing just how many players score against their former clubs, it wouldn`t surprise us, in the slightest, if Wayne was to score on Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats

The statistics, as far as the last 12 matches between the sides are concerned, heavily favour United with Everton having won only one.

As far as the 19 matches are concerned, at Goodison Park, since the formation of the Premier League, Everton have only beaten us 3 times, United have won 13 with 3 being drawn.

Match Prediction:

We need a win! We can`t afford to drop any more points as the gap between ourselves and our noisy-neighbours is already five points. Goodison Park can be a hard place to go but I`m confident that Sir Alex Ferguson will gee the squad up and with Everton not exactly in the best of form, and having been put through the mill in a two hour Carling Cup tie against Chelsea, I`m optimistic that they might be a touch tired. I`m going for a 2-0 win to United.

Next Fixtures:

It is a return to Champions League action when we welcome our Romanian friends, Otelul Galati, to Old Trafford in midweek. Having won 2-0 on their soil, three more points on our own pitch would be most welcome. Next Saturday, Sunderland visit Old Trafford in the Premier League.

The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 28 2011

Time: 4:12PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Mourinho to United Rumours Gather Momentum (Wednesday February 10 2016)

I Wonder Who'd Win? (Wednesday February 10 2016)

AUDIO: UWS Podcast 144 - Chelsea away (Tuesday February 9 2016)

Times Running Out for Neville (Tuesday February 9 2016)

Is Pochettino United's Man? (Tuesday February 9 2016)

AUDIO: De Gea's Real Madrid deal (Tuesday February 9 2016)

A Premier League Rebrand! (Tuesday February 9 2016)

AUDIO: Mata frustrated by late goal (Monday February 8 2016)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Chelsea 1 - 1 Man Utd
Man Utd 3 - 0 Stoke
Man Utd 0 - 1 Southampton
Liverpool 0 - 1 Man Utd
Newcastle 3 - 3 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Spurs 25 13 9 3 26 48
3. Arsenal 25 14 6 5 17 48
4. Man City 25 14 5 6 21 47
5. Man Utd 25 11 8 6 10 41
6. West Ham 25 10 9 6 9 39
7. Southampton 25 10 7 8 9 37
8. Everton 25 8 11 6 12 35

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Simpson Reflects On City Win
Leicester City : 11/02/2016 10:31:00
Liverpool: FSG In Ticket Pricing U-Turn
Liverpool : 11/02/2016 10:23:01
McArthur Gets Sympathy - Bolasie Nears A Return
Crystal Palace : 11/02/2016 10:21:01
Sir Bobby's Campaign Bags World Class Strikeforce
Newcastle : 11/02/2016 10:12:01
(Video) This Is What It Means Supporting City
Man City : 11/02/2016 10:11:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Chelsea (a)?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 65%
Darmian 0%
Blind 0%
Smalling 2%
Borthwick-Jackson 5%
Carrick 0%
Fellaini 2%
Lingard 5%
Mata 5%
Rooney 2%
Martial 7%
Schneiderlin 0%
Depay 5%
Herrera 2%