Manchester United v Everton: Lukaku looks to ruin Rooney’s homecoming

Date: Sunday, September 17

Time: 6:00 PM

Stadium: Old Trafford, Stretford

Manchester United welcome Everton to the Old Trafford in what is likely to be an awkward fixture as Red Devils striker Romelu Lukaku and Toffees forward will be squaring off against their former teammates.

United are sitting pretty atop the Premier League standings having managed to secure 10 points from a possible 12 in their first four matches. Everton on the other hand are not fairing so well as they are currently 16th having only garnered four points from a win and a draw.

The following are the teams’ forms in their last six immediate fixtures:

Manchester United - W D W W W L

Everton - L L L D D W

Key players: Romelu Lukaku v Wayne Rooney

Both sides spared no expense acquiring fresh talent in the offseason, but United undoubtedly got the better deal as marksman Romelu Lukaku has managed to find the back of the net in almost all of their fixtures, scoring four goals in just as many Premier League appearances.

Rooney has been looking more like his former self at Goodison park, having scored twice in four Premier League appearances. Wazza has unfortunately not been able to fully develop the necessary chemistry with his new teammates and is currently burdened with serious personal problems which seem to occupy almost all of the Englishman’s off-pitch time.

The two are likely to cause problems for their former sides as they are well aware of most of the tactics their former bosses can use to keep them at bay.

Possible lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Darmian; Fellaini, Matic, Herrera, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Lukaku.

Everton: Pickford; Baines, Keane, Williams, Jagielka; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies; Rooney, Ramirez.

Team News

Manchester United will be without the services of midfielder Paul Pogba, who will be out for four to six weeks on account of a hamstring injury the 24-year-old sustained in United’s recent 3-0 win against Basel in their Champions League group stage clash.

Everton have on the other hand not been as lucky where injuries are concerned as forward Yannick Bolasie, midfielders Ross Barkley and James McCarthy and defenders Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are all out of commission.

The Verdict

Expected both teams to score in this highly anticipated fixture, though United are favourites to bag the three points on account of their offensively and defensively superior team and their exemplary form this season.

United boss Jose Mourinho will not be looking to settle for another draw after recently sharing the spoils with Stoke, and the Special One will be looking to capitalise on their opponents’ low morale as Ronald Koeman’s side are coming off three consecutive losses and are unlikely to have had enough time to exorcise their demons.

Lukaku and Rooney will be the linchpins in the match as the two will likely be looking to show their former sides what they are missing.