Both Manchester United and Everton could be without key full-backs
Manchester United will be without Harry Maguire against Everton after the England defender was ruled out for several weeks with a calf issue.
Maguire missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad due to the injury, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also expressed concern over the fitness of Luke Shaw, who missed the late midweek win over Villarreal.
The visitors will likely travel to Old Trafford short of their own key players, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman and Richarlison all seemingly unlikely to feature after failing to train with the group on Thursday.
Each side could go top of the Premier League with a win.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture.
When is it?
The match will kick off at 12.30pm BST on Saturday 3 October at Old Trafford.
Where can I watch?
The fixture will be available to watch on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 11.30am BST.
BT Sport subscribers can stream the game on the broadcaster’s website and app.
The fitness of two defenders may necessitate two alterations for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Maguire has been ruled out for several weeks after suffering a calf injury, while Luke Shaw missed their midweek action after going off against Aston Villa.
Shaw may be fit to retake his place at left-back, with Victor Lindelof likely to again partner Raphael Varane in the heart of the defence. Marcus Rashford is expected to return from his injury lay-off after the international break.
Everton are likely to continue to be without both Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, though the pair returned to individual training this week. Richarlison remains absent, while Andre Gomes also did not train after missing last weekend’s win over Norwich.
Midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin has had a torrid time with injury since his arrival on Merseyside in 2019 but is moving closer to a return.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure; Townsend, Gray, Iwobi; Rondon
Manchester United – 9/20
Draw – 10/3
Everton – 13/2
Manchester United will be desperate to avoid another disappointing performance at home, but Benitez’s Everton appear to be settling well. However, short of a few key individuals, they may just lose out in a tight encounter. Manchester United 2-1 Everton.
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