Lukaku out, Martial in, 4-2-3-1: Predicted Manchester United XI to face Everton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will look for a change of fortunes in the New Year when they take on Everton in the Premier League. The Red Devils have claimed three successive draws in the English top-flight, and this has seemingly ended their chances of competing for this season’s title.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea had a relatively quiet afternoon against Southampton on Saturday, barring his magnificent save off Shane Long which kept the game goalless. The Spaniard has secured 11 clean sheets in 21 appearances for Manchester United this term.

With Antonio Valencia still doubtful, Ashley Young is likely to keep his spot at right-back whilst we are fancying Marcos Rojo to feature ahead of Luke Shaw in the opposite direction. Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof performed impressively alongside each other against the Saints, and they should keep their places at the heart of the defence.

Likewise in midfield, Mourinho is unlikely to take any risks despite the short turnover time, and the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic should feature in their respective positions in central midfield.

Further forward, the United attack could literally pick itself with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial likely to play on the right and left wing respectively whilst Jesse Lingard should start in the support striker role owing to his recent form.

With Romelu Lukaku potentially out with concussion, Mourinho could revert to Marcus Rashford to lead the line. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also on the sidelines for the next month after suffering a recurrence of his knee problem.

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