At full-time against Arsenal, Louis Van Gaal couldn’t find reasons as to why his team had played badly in their first real test of the season. The decision to press high without actually winning the ball was brutally exposed and clinically punished by Arsenal. At Everton, he needs to find answers against a tricky Everton who have developed a habit of making life difficult for opponents. At the Emirates, the midfield was nonexistent and this left Chris Smalling and Danny Blind brutally exposed. Ross Barkley will be hoping for more of the same from Man United. The decision to play Schweinsteiger and Carrick together was wildly criticised and the manager will have to decide if he will stick with the same combination or make changes as they face a very competent Everton.
Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay have so far failed to match the expectations of fans. Depay could be forgiven for still trying to adapt to a new league but the performance of Rooney must surely be a huge source of concern to the Dutch manager. Van Gaal will therefore have to decide whether to remain patient and hope that his two star players hit top form or make changes.
Romelu Lukaku will fancy his chances against the United defence and will be buoyed by the fact that he is one of only four players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick against the Manchester side. It promises to be a very busy afternoon for the central defender if the Belgian hits top form this afternoon. Everton’s recent home form against United in the league has also been encouraging with three consecutive home wins but they have only won one game in their last six at home.
John Stones and Seamus Coleman are set to return in defence against United following their recoveries from knee and hamstring injuries respectively. Kevin Mirallas returns from a three match suspension while midfielder Tom Cleverly is also in contention to face his former club.
Wayne Rooney is available for selection after missing England’s games against Estonia and Lithuania during the international break due to an ankle problem. Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger have also recovered from injury but Ashley Young is ruled out.