United, who will be keen to bounce back from a harsh defeat at Stamford Bridge, take on Everton today. The red devils can hardly afford to drop points today if they still remain in the title race.
Having a poor start to the season, Everton lost 6-1 to Arsenal on the opening day of the season. However, the toffees have since won four out of nine of their league matches their most recent against West Ham putting Moyle’s men in 12th in the Premier League table with a game in hand. Whereas, united look to bounce back to top form after their controversial 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge. Ferguson’s men, who have been failing to score goals this season, need to obtain three points in order to stay in the title race. Having only lost once in their last twenty eight league meetings, on paper United look the stronger side but as Burnley proved earlier in the season anything can happen in the Premier League.
After recovering from a calf injury, Nemanja Vidic is likely to start having played seventy minutes in the mid-week Serbian fixture against Korea. United’s injury problems at the back are once again mounting up with Rio Ferdinand (Calf), Fabio (Groin) and Ji-sung Park (Knee) still out. John O’shea (both ankles), Micheal Carrick (thigh) and Johnny Evans (calf) are all doubts after obtaining injuries during the international break. Dimitar Berbatov is also likely to start after shaking off his knee injury. Likewise, Everton have also been struck with injuries with Leon Osman (ankle), Phil Neville (knee), Victor Anichebe (knee), James Vaughan (knee), Phil Jagielka (knee) and Mikel Arteta (knee) all ruled out. With Louis Saha (calf), Jack Rodwell (groin), Tim Howard (ankle) and Jo (knee) all doubtful, Everton all far from a full strength team.
Likely Line ups:
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael/ De laet, Vidic, Brown, Evra, Giggs, Anderson, Fletcher, Valencia, Rooney, Berbatov.
Everton: Nash, Hibbert, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Cahill, Fellaini, Rodwell, Gosling, Heitinga, Yakubu.
Steve Bennett is officiating proceedings on Saturday. This could please both sides as they are unbeaten in their last four games under his rule. The Kent born and bread official, is yet to referee a match involving the Reds this season. He last took charge of Moyles’s men in their 4-0 Carling Cup third-round win over Hull.
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