After a 9-0 thrashing on Tuesday, can we do it all again tonight?
On Tuesday night, Manchester United ruthlessly thrashed a 9-man Southampton team – a performance which is still at the forefront of the fans’ minds. But with high expectations placed on the shoulders of our players for the upcoming game against Everton, a question mark is being placed over whether they can do it all again tonight.
On the 63rd anniversary of the Munich air disaster, there’s no doubt the team will be playing for the badge more than ever in honour of the lives that were lost in the tragic event that will forever hold a place in the hearts of Manchester United player and fans. Even more of a reason to fight for a win and do the double over the Toffee’s this season.
With morale and confidence flowing throughout the team, it’s important to forget about the previous win and go into the game focused but ready to put in the same performance as Tuesday night.
What will the Starting XI look like?
Should you change a winning team? Should we rotate squad members with an FA Cup game looming on Tuesday? Those are the two questions which will be playing in the mind of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but I have trust that he will make the right call. Here are my predictions of how we will line up:
As you can see, I’ve made no changes to the team from our success on Tuesday night. Had Eric Bailly been deemed fully for the game, I would’ve put him in for Lindelof due to his three consecutive appearances whilst playing with a back injury. However, if Bailly is readily available for Tuesday’s FA Cup clash against West Ham, I’d expect to see the change made then. With the exceptional performances put in by our full-backs on Tuesday night, Shaw and Wan-Bissaka’s positions within the team unsurprisingly remain and I’m looking forward to seeing some more magic created by the two of them tonight.
In the midfield, I think most people will be expecting to see Pogba placed in for either Fred or McTominay after missing out on the game on Tuesday. McTominay showed his true talents on Tuesday night as a box to box player, pushing the ball further up the pitch and Fred’s energy has become a necessity in the midfield.
As for Rashford, Bruno and Greenwood, not much needs to be said apart from I hope we see a repeat of Tuesday night amongst our forwards! Cavani was another player who’s fitness was questions ahead of this game after he picked up a knock during the Southampton game. In just the short time he’s been here, Cavani has proven that his intelligence and experience were both assets that the team were lacking and he’s quickly become a mentor and role-model for our younger players to admire. His late winner against Everton the last time we faced them in the FA Cup is enough to justify why he should start today, but if his fitness is still a concern for Ole, I expect Martial will take the position instead.
Though this will likely be our toughest game out of our upcoming fixtures, I’m expecting a 2-1 win for United today. We cannot afford to drop points. We must play for the badge and play in memory of those who lost their lives 63 years ago today.
Let me know your match predictions below.