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Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts as United face Everton

The Armenian makes his first Premier League start since September, while Eric Bailly returns to the bench.

Manchester United v West Ham United - EFL Cup Quarter-Final Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The teams are out for Manchester United’s Premier League encounter with Everton at Goodison Park, with José Mourinho making only two changes to the side that thrashed West Ham in the EFL Cup in midweek. Matteo Darmian is given the nod over Luke Shaw at left-back, while Paul Pogba starts over the suspended Wayne Rooney.

That means Henrikh Mkhitaryan is handed only his second Premier League start since joining from Borussia Dortmund — the last came back in September, when United were downed 2-1 at home to cross-town rivals City. Also of note is the return of Eric Bailly to the bench — the Ivorian centre-back has been missing since he picked up an injury in the thrashing by Chelsea back in October.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has made three changes to the side that lost to Southampton last weekend: Ramiro Funes Mori comes in for Phil Jagielka, Kevin Mirallas for Aaron Lennon and former United man Tom Cleverley for Ross Barkley. Stop laughing at the back.