There are two big storylines heading into Sunday’s matchup between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. The first of those is Romelu Lukaku facing off against the club he departed for £80m last summer, but the bigger one is the return of former Manchester United and England captain, Wayne Rooney, to Old Trafford. Rooney departed Manchester United this summer to re-join his boyhood club, Everton, but he should get a rapturous reception at Old Trafford following an illustrious career with the club.
Manchester United surrendered their perfect record in the Premier League last weekend during a 2-2 draw with Stoke City and Jose Mourinho will not have been happy with the defending shown on either goal. The Red Devils returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with a routine 3-0 win over Basel. Romelu Lukaku found the net again in that match to take his tally to 6 in 6, but an injury to Paul Pogba marred the victory. The club record signing limped off in the first half and will miss the next few weeks’ action just when he was starting to find his feet after a difficult season last time out.
Everton struggled badly in their last Premier League game, a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur and in reality it could have been much worse was it not for a couple of excellent saves from Jordan Pickford. They followed this up with another poor performance against Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night on their way to a 3-0 defeat. Ronald Koeman’s side look short of goals in attack, but the Dutchman will be hoping for an inspired performance from Wayne Rooney on his return to Old Trafford. Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are doubts ahead of the game whilst Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori remain on the injury list.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have conceded just twice in four matches.
- It will be a battle of the former strikers as Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney face off against the clubs they left this summer.
- Everton have gone four games without a win and the positivity following their summer transfer business could wear off with another defeat on Sunday.
Both of these sides will have played midweek games in Europe, but the extra two days’ rest that Manchester United will have had could have a big say on the outcome of this game. Manchester United were pretty poor against Stoke City last time out, but if Romelu Lukaku had taken his late chance they still could have won the game. I just don’t see this Everton side having enough in attack to trouble Manchester United, so I’m expecting the Red Devils to pick up a comfortable win here.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Manchester United start this game as 2/5 favourites, whilst an away win for Everton is priced up at 6/1 and the draw is 15/4. I really don’t see Everton getting anything out of this game and the 6/5 available on Manchester United to win and BTTS NO looks very tempting to me. In terms of goal scorers, Wayne Rooney is 10/1 to open the scoring against his former club but the 4/1 on offer for Romelu Lukaku to score 2 or More looks like a better bet to me. The Belgian has been in superb form so far this season and I fancy him to add to his tally against his former club on Sunday. (Source: http://www.online-betting.org)
Manchester United to win and BTTS NO – 6/5 (Bet365)