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Manchester United unchanged to face Everton

Louis van Gaal has picked the same team that dispatched Manchester City.

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Rumours of Marouane Fellaini's return were, it turns out, wide of the mark. It's been two weeks and an international break since Manchester United beat City in the derby, but nobody's given Louis van Gaal any reason to change his starting lineup, and he has resisted the urge to mess about with something that seems to work.

So, at the back we've got David de Gea behind a defensive line of Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. That's three players in their strongest position, which isn't bad going. Ahead of them, Morgan Schneiderlin keeps his place despite Van Gaal's ludicrous grudge against him, and Michael Carrick captains the team.

In attack, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are supporting Marcus Rashford. We're probably going to see the continuation of the Lingard-in-the-middle, Mata-on-the-right experiment, which was rubbish against Liverpool but decent against City. Everton are from Liverpolo, but they play in blue, so who knows?

Heh. "Liverpolo".

On the bench we have a couple of players back from injury. Ashley Young and Ander Herrera join Sergio Romero, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia (on for Darmian, 59'), Fellaini and Memphis Depay.