Manchester United will be looking for a victory against an in-form Everton side when the two sides clash at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils have shown encouraging fighting spirit during the second-half of matches recently, netting five goals in their last three matches.
Marco Silva’s men meanwhile have gone somewhat unnoticed after a promising start to the Premier League campaign. Their last-gasp victory over Crystal Palace last weekend was their fourth of the season, while they’ve only lost twice. Up against an unpredictable United side who are yet to fully dominate a game this season, it promises to be an intriguing watch.
Meanwhile, Man United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised some national teams for not sending injured players home soon enough and for not providing adequate information about the extent of their problems. Ahead of Everton’s visit in the league on Sunday, Mourinho lamented that his staff had been left in the dark about the fitness of key members of his squad. “We play against Newcastle and we go to the national team period in a good situation and then after two weeks we lost (Diogo) Dalot in Portugal, Fellaini in Belgium, we lost Sanchez with Chile, McTominay with Scotland,” the Portuguese told a news conference on Friday. “Some of the national teams were very professional with us and send the players back and we could start the process early.
United striker Romelu Lukaku will come under close scrutiny when he faces former club , looking to kick-start a season that is rapidly turning into a disappointment for him and his Manchester United team alike.
Mourinho admitted that after the Juventus game that Lukaku was struggling, but on Friday at his pre-match press conference, he backed Lukaku to bounce back.
“I always feel that. I always feel the next game is the game. I feel that every game. One day, it will be and one day he will score, and one day, his confidence levels will be back to normal,” said Mourinho.
Lukaku however, claimed that he is still integrating himself into the United lineup, 15 months after his arrival at Old Trafford.“With Belgium, I’ve been playing for 10 years since I was 16. Players know me much more,” said Lukaku this week.
“Here, I still think my teamwork between myself and my teammates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working on.”
However, with no other recognised, traditional number nine currently in Mourinho’s squad, the United manager can only hope he rediscovers his form quickly.
Mourinho’s lack of options at the centre-forward position, should he want to play his preferred 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation, remains glaring despite having spent heavily on his squad during his more than two years in charge. Rashford or Anthony Martial are possibilities, as is out of form Chilean Alexis Sanchez although the former Arsenal forward is sidelined for Sunday with a groin injury. United are 10th in the league standings, one point and two places behind Marco Silva’s Everton after nine games.