Man United vs Everton LIVE: Premier League team news and latest build-up today

<p>Cristiano Ronaldo struck a dramatic late winner against Villarreal (Martin Rickett/PA)</p>

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a dramatic late winner against Villarreal (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Manchester United host Everton in the Premier League with both clubs having the chance to top the table if they claim the win.

United, currently fourth, head into the match off the back of a league defeat after Aston Villa scored at the death to win 1-0. And Bruno Fernandes’ missed penalty meant they took no points away from the match. The Portuguese international is sure to be called upon this weekend but one player who may once again miss out is Donny van de Beek.

The midfielder showed his frustration about being left on the bench during United’s Champions League win against Villarreal and it’s safe to say manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t reacted well: “I’ve got a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful we need positive energy, no sulkers. Donny has never affected his teammates negatively. As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively then that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be firmer.”

Solskjaer will have to calm the unrest in his squad if he is to defeat Rafa Benitez’s Everton who have had a strong start to the season. They are currently fifth following four wins, one draw and a loss. A worry for the Toffees though comes through injuries as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and Andre Gomes remain out and Alex Iwobi is in doubt for the clash. Ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, Benitez said: “I will say that he has a little problem, I don’t know if he will be available for tomorrow.”

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Manchester United to test strength of Everton’s early progress under Rafa Benitez

Benitez’s side are on the same number of points as United but have so far faced only one team that finished above them last year. As positive as their start has been, the Spaniard will not be judged by victories over the likes of Norwich City. Evertonians, who are naturally suspicious of the former Liverpool boss, will only truly accept the 61-year-old if he is able to compete with the so-called Big Six. Especially as three of that self-aggrandising sextet have the look of wounded animals about them.

The Everton manager has plenty of history with United. They were the target of “Rafa’s Rant”, which in reality was a remarkably composed attack on Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence on English football. Benitez also said he would never manage United, a statement made in the understanding that he would never be offered the job (Chelsea and Everton were on the verboten list at various points, too). Even so, Old Trafford is a place where he relishes winning.

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 11:06

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Solskjaer understands Van de Beek’s frustration

Van de Beek was pictured angrily throwing a piece of chewing gum after not being chosen to come on as a substitute while United were searching for a late winner in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Villarreal.

The Netherlands international has only made four Premier League starts since joining in a £40m move from Ajax and has not made two consecutive starts in any competition since last November.

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:58

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Solskjaer unhappy with Wan-Bissaka and De Bruyne inconsistency

Wan-Bissaka was suspended for Wednesday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Villarreal at Old Trafford and will miss Atalanta’s visit later this month after his punishment for receiving a straight red card in Bern was extended.

Solskjaer was unhappy to learn that he would be without his first-choice right back for another European game, particularly after Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was merely cautioned for a similar challenge in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week.

De Bruyne was only shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Idrissa Gueye, despite missing the ball and coming down on the PSG midfielder’s shin.

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:47

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Manchester United vs Everton: Team news

The fitness of two defenders may necessitate two alterations for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Maguire has been ruled out for several weeks after suffering a calf injury, while Luke Shaw missed their midweek action after going off against Aston Villa.

Shaw may be fit to retake his place at left-back, with Victor Lindelof likely to again partner Raphael Varane in the heart of the defence. Marcus Rashford is expected to return from his injury lay-off after the international break.

Everton are likely to continue to be without both Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, though the pair returned to individual training this week. Richarlison remains absent, while Andre Gomes also did not train after missing last weekend’s win over Norwich.

Midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin has had a torrid time with injury since his arrival on Merseyside in 2019 but is moving closer to a return.

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:47

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Manchester United vs Everton: Predicted line-ups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo

Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure; Townsend, Gray, Iwobi; Rondon

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:46

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Manchester United vs Everton: Odds

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:46

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Manchester United vs Everton: Prediction

Manchester United will be desperate to avoid another disappointing performance at home, but Benitez’s Everton appear to be settling well. However, short of a few key individuals, they may just lose out in a tight encounter. Manchester United 2-1 Everton.

Jack Rathborn2 October 2021 10:45

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