Jose Mourinho has been breaking records for the wrong reasons at Old Trafford, leading Man Utd to their worst start since 1989-90. Mid-week they progressed to the EFL Cup semi-finals with a convincing 4-1 win over West Ham with the unloved Henrikh Mkhitaryan putting in a stellar performance; surely Mourinho will start him this weekend, especially with Rooney suspended.
Everton put in a toothless performance at St Mary’s on Sunday and it’s now just one win and four defeats in their last eight fixtures. The goals have dried up with just six in this run of matches, and although they’re unbeaten at Goodison this term (W3-D3), the last five visitors are all clubs that currently reside in the bottom-half. The initial improvement shown after Roberto Martinez’s tenure has disappeared, and since 2014/15 their record when hosting top-six sides reads a paltry W1-D6-L6.
It’s just one win in seven for United in the league, but they’ve drawn five of these matches and while just one point and one place separates these two, the Red Devils are showing glimpses of what they’re capable of. Barring the draw at Anfield they’ve dominated each of the recent stalemates and could easily have won all four. If Mourinho picks his best starting XI (including Carrick and Mkhitaryan) we can see them turning over a Toffees side lacking in confidence.
Best Bet: Manchester United win and 2.05