Likely XI: Everton vs Manchester United – Kagawa dropped, Mata starts

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – Anders Lindegaard may get an appearance or two before the end of season but this is probably United’s ‘biggest’ remaining match meaning the Spanish number one will start.

Phil Jones – With Rafael still injured, Jones is set to continue at centre-back.

Chris Smalling Chris Smalling was used effectively against Everton earlier in the season and will most likely be again at Goodison Park.

Nemanja Vidic – With Jonny Evans still not at full fitness and Rio Ferdinand not very good, Vidic will inevitably start at centre-back on Sunday.

Patrice Evra – Evra is still United’s number one left-back for the time being.

Antonio Valencia – Some decent form of late from the Ecuadorian should ensure his place in the side on Sunday.

Michael Carrick – Overall, Carrick has been disappointing this season and he will be required to step-up at Goodison to compete with a strong Everton midfield.

Darren Fletcher – David Moyes is unlikely to let Marouane Fellaini be the subject of abuse from his old fans, meaning Fletcher may partner Carrick on Sunday.

Danny Welbeck – It will probably be either Welbeck or Kagawa on the left on Sunday, with Welbeck the more likely because of his pace and power.

Juan Mata – Mata is set to continue in the number ten role in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney -After recovering from an injury, Rooney is set to start at his old ground on Sunday.


Formation: 4-4-1-1

David Moyes will be keen to avoid defeat against his old club and therefore hard-workers such as Valencia, Welbeck and Rooney will likely be included. Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Ryan Giggs will also be pushing for places however.

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