Manchester Utd have been boosted by the return to training of Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton.
Sanchez missed Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Juventus with a groin problem and Jose Mourinho appeared to have ruled the Chilean out of Sunday’s game as well.
However, the former Arsenal forward has since been able to return to training, raising hopes he could be involved against the Toffees.
Lingard has also been struggling with a groin problem and hasn’t featured since the Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County in September. Fellaini meanwhile hasn’t played since returning from international duty with a minor groin problem of his own but could be in contention to face his former club.
Mourinho will again be looking for a response from his players after their timid display against Juve in midweek. That defeat stalled any momentum gained from their win over Newcastle and draw at Chelsea either side of the international break.
But they will be coming up against an Everton side full of confidence after winning their last three Premier League matches, a run which has seen them climb above United into eighth place.
|Game||Manchester Utd v Everton|
|Date||Sunday, October 28|
|Time||4pm GMT / 12pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports Live||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event. It can be streamed live online using Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Manchester United players|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Romero, Grant|
|Defenders||Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Dalot, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Andreas, Fred, Herrera, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay, Gomes, Hamilton|
|Forwards||Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Chong, Bohui|
Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez return to the squad after resuming training on the eve of the game after recovering from their respective groin injuries, but only make the bench.
Romelu Lukaku is dropped, with Marcus Rashford leading the line alongside Anthony Martial and Juan Mata.
Scott McTominay misses out with a knee problem while Diogo Dalot and Marouane Fellaini are also absent.
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Pogba, Matic; Rashford, Mata, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Rojo, Herrera, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku.
|Defenders||Holgate, Baines, Keane, Zouma, Jagielka, Mina, Coleman, Kenny|
|Midfielders||Gomes, Sigurdsson, McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Niasse, Davies, Dowell|
|Forwards||Walcott, Tosun, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Lookman|
Everton have no fresh injury concerns following last weekend's win against Crystal Palace.
Summer signing Yerry Mina was an unused substitute in that game as he awaits his debut following his recovery from a foot injury.
James McCarthy is back in training following a broken leg but isn't quite ready for a first-team return. Ademola Lookman, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were pushing for recalls after impressing from the bench against Palace last time out, but the Toffees are unchanged.
Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Mina, Tosun, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester United are priced at odds of 3/4 to win according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 29/10. A win for Everton is priced at 4/1.
Jose Mourinho has offered his support to misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku as the Belgium international prepares to face his former club Everton.
Lukaku hasn’t scored in eight games in all competitions and has scored just four goals in 13 appearances all season. That poor run is in sharp contrast to his form at the same stage last campaign, when he had already netted 11 times.
That has led to speculation Lukaku could be dropped for Sunday’s visit of the Toffees, something Mourinho has denied while also playing down rumours he could re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic as cover.
"If we decide to give a rest to Lukaku, who plays as a striker? Rashford, then who plays as a winger? So in this moment we are not in the best moment to try to think about resting players or try to find solutions, the solution now is to play the players we have," said Mourinho.
“One day will be and one day he will score and one day his confidence levels will be back to normal, which clearly they are not there. But I always feel that every game is the game [that he will score].”
Mourinho will perhaps take some comfort from Man Utd’s fine record against Everton. The Red Devils’ 35 wins in this fixture is a Premier League record by a club against a single opponent, while the Toffees have won just twice at Old Trafford since the Premier League was formed in 1992.
However, Everton head to Manchester with growing momentum after winning three successive Premier League games for the first time in 21 months.
It’s perhaps no coincidence that their upturn form has coincided with the return to fitness of a number of key players, with Andre Gomes the latest player to return to action. The Portuguese midfielder joined on loan from Barcelona in August but a hamstring injury meant he only made his debut last weekend.
Fellow summer signing Yerry Mina is also fit again after a foot injury stemming back to the World Cup, though the defender has yet to make his debut and was an unused substitute last weekend.
New Toffees boss Marco Silva has employed a more expansive style of play compared to the more conservative style under Sam Allardyce last season. The former Watford and Hull boss insists he will again set his team out to be positive on Sunday, despite their poor record at Old Trafford.
“We didn’t put anything different in our plan for the week,” said Silva.
“Our plan is to find solutions to win the match. It is the way the players feel from the beginning of the week and will feel on Sunday.
“We have to block a strong side, keep good defensive organisation and be strong in our defensive set-pieces… they are good in those moments.
“But when we have the ball, we have to be ourselves, we have to play to score goals."