Manchester United take on Everton at Old Trafford on Super Sunday, a clash that will see Wayne Rooney return to the Theatre of Dreams for the first time as an opponent. Rooney returned to his boyhood club Everton during the summer after 13 years at Old Trafford, and will receive a warm welcome from all inside the stadium.
It will be an emotional return to Old Trafford for the former captain, but Rooney will be hoping to get one over his former team mates, and put Everton’s poor start to the season behind them.
Jose Mourinho will be without Paul Pogba, who is likely to be out for up to 6 weeks with a hamstring injury, as well as Luke Shaw and Marco Rojo who are still out.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has no fresh injury concerns, but will be without long term absentees James McCarthy, Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ross Barkley.
Manchester United have won 18 and lost just one of their last 24 Premier League home games against Everton, losing 0-1 in December 2013 while former Everton boss David Moyes was in charge of them. Everton have lost more Premier League games versus United than against any other side in the competition (33). The Toffees have attempted only seven shots on target in their four Premier League games this season; a joint-low alongside Swansea City, with just one of these coming in their last two matches.
However, Jose Mourinho has faced Ronald Koeman more times without winning (5) than any other manager in the Premier League. But should Manchester United avoid defeat in this match, it’ll be the first time that they have remained unbeaten in their opening five games of a Premier League season since 2011-12.
Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his first four Premier League apps for Manchester United, only two players have scored five goals in their opening five games for the Red Devils (5 – Louis Saha and Robin van Persie). The Belgian’s next goal will be his 90th in the Premier League (currently on 89) and should he do it in this match, then he’ll be the fourth youngest player to reach 90 goals in the competition (24y 127d) after Robbie Fowler (22y 241d), Michael Owen (22y 324d) and Wayne Rooney (24y 35d).
It will be strange to see Wayne Rooney line up against United, a side he has represented for over a decade. But Mourinho’s men have a job to do, and will need to pile the misery on Everton further by winning the game. It could be Romelu Lukaku’s first appearance against his former side since his £75m transfer, after his fiery start for the Reds let’s hope he can continue his form against Everton.
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