Important, morale-boosting wins against Tottenham and Manchester City in the League and midweek’s 4-0 drubbing of AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League have seen the Red Devils close the gap to just five points with fourth-placed Chelsea.
Duncan Ferguson seems to have revived Everton’s flailing season as they moved into 14th spot last weekend with a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Here are three things to look forward to Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford.
3. Can United Keep Their Momentum Going?
It’s been a huge last couple of weeks for United, what with their wins against Tottenham and City. The two results were excellent, but it was the two performances that perhaps made the biggest impression.
Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth provides the Red Devils the chance to cut down the gap to the top four to just two points with a win on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to build on the results that have gone his way, and Everton, who are just two points above the relegation zone, might just be the team to propel the Red Devils into the top four this Christmas.
2. Duncan Ferguson to Continue ‘New Manager Bounce’
Everton looked completely rejuvenated under interim boss Duncan Ferguson, as they beat Chelsea 3-1 at home last weekend. The last time these two teams had clashed, in April at Goodison Park, Everton thrashed Manchester United 4-0.
Ferguson has multiple injury woes to worry out, and will be without Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, and Cuco Martina. However, Lucas Digne should be back, with Jordan Pickford the obvious pick in goal.
Richarlison will be looking to pick up more goals. The Toffees man has six goals and two assists this season, and scored against Chelsea last weekend.
1. Marcus Rashford is United’s Key Man
Marcus Rashford has really come into his own over the last few gameweeks. Rashford is on course for his best-ever Premier League campaign, having already equalled his highest goal tally in a single season. The forward has netted 10 goals in 16 league outings this term – the same as last season, only taking half the number of matches this time out.
Rashford has been particularly destructive at home, scoring seven goals in eight league appearances at Old Trafford this season. And while Everton will take the game into the United half, right off the bat, but his form and United’s record against the Toffees should be enough for Ole’s men.