Right then. Having been knocked out of the Champions League in fairly comprehensive fashion, it’s time for United to focus on getting back into the thing. The race for fourth is reaching the final stretch, and with games against Manchester City and Chelsea to come, every other game is, basically, a must-win.
And so to Goodison Park. Everton are having a strange old season: at times Marco Silva’s team have looked quite promising; on other occasions, they’ve been total bobbins. In their last four games they’ve beaten Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham, but lost to Fulham. That doesn’t make sense.
Still, United’s form isn’t that much more comprehensible; the hangover after the honeymoon. Everton aren’t Barcelona, and they aren’t even Wolves, but they are more than capable of taking advantage of United’s ropey defence. Also Idrissa Gueye is annoyingly good. So much so, that some reports have United trying to buy him over the summer.
It’s perhaps a question for next season rather than this one, but at some point on the road to becoming a title-winning team again, United are going to have to start showing that they can control games like these.
Premier League schedule
We kick off at 13.30 in Liverpool, which is 8.30 on the east coast of the USA, and a bright and breezy 5.30 over on the west. Good morning one and all.
Premier League TV channel
We’re on Sky Sports Premier League in the UK, and on NBCSN and Telemundo in the USA. Everybody else, have a nose at livesoccertv.
Premier League streaming
You’ll need SkyGo in the UK, and NBC SportsLive in the USA.
Prediction: David de Gea; Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot; Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba; Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard.
Update: Shaw is suspended, so Lindelöf and Dalot are in the full-back spots. Matić returns in midfield, and Lukaku gets a start against his old club.
Three changes from Tuesday night – in come...— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2019
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