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Sigurdsson In, Schneiderlin Out – Strongest 3-4-2-1 Everton Line-Up To Face Manchester United In PL

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Predicted Everton Line-up To Face Manchester United In The Premier League

Everton will look to salvage a poor start to the season, when they travel to the Old Trafford this Sunday, to face league leaders Manchester United.  

The Toffees, after spending heavily during the summer, were expected to be major challengers for a top-4 place, but things haven’t gone as per plans for Ronald Koeman’s side. After a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend at home, the Merseysiders were subjected to another 3-0 defeat by Serie A side Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. However, given the form that Jose Mourinho’s side have shown early in the season, it is not going to be easy for Everton to come away with 3 points.

Team News 

Midfielder James McCarthy is a doubt for the game, while Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori remain absent for the Toffees.  

Here’s how Everton could line up against the Red Devils:

Manager: Ronald Koeman 

Formation: 3-4-2-1 

We could see Koeman switch back to a three-man defence, after having endured two poor results with a 4-2-3-1 against Spurs and Atalanta.

Jordan Pickford (GK)

The former Sunderland man was benched for the Europa League clash, but should return to the line-up to replace Maarten Stekelenburg.

Michael Keane (CB)

A return to the Old Trafford should spur the former Manchester United man to perform at the best of his abilities this Sunday. 

Michael Keane

Ashley Williams (CB) 

The Welshman was another who was benched for the Europa League clash. Should line up in the heart of the defence. 

Phil Jagielka (CB)

The veteran defender should complete the three-man backline for the Toffees, taking up his place on the left-hand side of the back 3. Will have to cope with the threat and pace of former teammate Romelu Lukaku.

Mason Holgate (RWB)

Koeman has preferred to use Cuco Martina in the Premier League, but needs to change things up and trust the young Holgate to do the job.

Wayne Rooney

Tom Davies (CM) 

The teenage midfielder could come into the line-up, replacing Morgan Schneiderlin, who was woeful in the midweek game against Atalanta.

Idrissa Gueye (CM)

The Senegalese is another player who did not feature against Atalanta and should start on Sunday, with Muhamed Besic expected to make way.  

Leighton Baines (LWB)

The left wing-back slot should continue to be manned by Leighton Baines. Hasn’t looked the same force going forward in the last few games and will want to improve.  

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Wayne Rooney (RAM) 

The former Manchester United man and the leading goal-scorer in the club’s history, will return to his old stomping ground, few months after his move to Everton. Will want to put on a fine display against his former employers.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (LAM)

The club record signing isn’t off to a great start, but he always turns up against Manchester United. Koeman will be hoping that will be the case on Sunday.  

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST)

The youngster did not have the best of games on Thursday, but his pace and movement could cause some troubles to the United defence. Should be preferred ahead of Sandro Ramirez.

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