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Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day after slipping to third place in the Premier League table following three consecutive Premier League draws.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce tasted his first defeat as Everton manager on Saturday as the Toffees lost 2-1 at Bournemouth.
Read on for full details of how to watch the game as well as team news and a preview of Monday’s match.
Date: Monday, January 1
Time: 5.30 p.m. (GMT)/12.30 p.m. (ET)
TV Info: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports App (U.S.)
Everton could recall former United striker Wayne Rooney to the starting lineup after he started Saturday’s defeat on the bench.
Ross Barkley is also closing on a return to action, and Allardyce has said he is “very close” to being available for selection, per the official Everton website.
However, the game comes too soon for Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman who remain sidelined.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku should miss the trip to his former club after being stretchered off during Saturday’s draw with Southampton at Old Trafford.
The striker clashed heads with Wesley Hoedt early on in the game, and Jose Mourinho said he could be out for the next two games, per Goal’s Kris Voakes:
Kris Voakes @krisvoakes
Mou on Lukaku: “I don’t know, I just know that bad, bad news normally arrives immediately and on this occasion bad news didn’t arrive. But obviously it was a problem. We lost him for today and I would say for at least two more games.” #MUFC
Marcus Rashford replaced Lukaku against Southampton and should keep his place up front with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for a month, per sports journalist Duncan Castles:
Duncan Castles @DuncanCastles
Jose Mourinho: ‘Zlatan one month out. I don’t know, I really don’t know (if Manchester United need reinforcement), but I’m happy with the players’ attitude with the players’ desires and I have no complaints about my players.’ #MUFC
Long-term injury absentees Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly remain sidelined while Antonio Valencia has been missing since the win over West Bromwich Albion with no date yet been given for his return.
The pressure is increasing on Mourinho after a string of unimpressive displays by his side while Manchester City disappear into the distance at the top of the table.
An improved showing is therefore required from the Red Devils at Goodison, although they will have to do it without their top scorer Lukaku.
Football writer Liam Canning said Manchester United are at risk of missing out on the top four:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
If Manchester United are not careful, they could easily lose out on a top four position. Would be absolutely detrimental. Simply have to get out of this rut.
The Red Devils have lacked imagination and ruthlessness in front of goal in recent games, while the loss of Valencia and Bailly has left them vulnerable defensively.
Mourinho also has some tough decisions to make ahead of the game with a number of his players out of form and not playing to their full potential.
Everton, meanwhile, will need to show more attacking invention than they did against Bournemouth after managing just one shot on target, per the BBC’s Greg O’Keeffe:
Greg O’Keeffe @GregOK
One shot on target all afternoon and some questionable selections for #EFC.
#afcb deserve the points for their belief and extra flair.
Tony Scott at the Liverpool Echo fears defences may dominate Monday’s game:
Tony Scott @Tony_Scott11
Teamsheet for Everton v Manchester Utd on Monday.
The match may not be shaping up to be a thriller, but it’s a game United will be under pressure to win.
However, Everton and Rooney will be aiming to pour more misery on Mourinho, in front of their own fans, particularly with an FA Cup tie against Liverpool to follow.