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By George Overhill

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Under-pressure Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes in his ability ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Goodison Park stating in his pre-match press conference: “if I don’t… who else will?”

The Norwegian’s job could be on the line following successive defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Solskjaer wished to highlight the positive parts of his side’s uneven form this season, pointing out: “not long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread.”

Victory at Goodison would equal the club record of seven successive away wins, but Solskjaer has never beaten Everton in a league game and anything but a win will leave United with their worst seven-match points total in the Premier League.

The return of Anthony Martial after suspension and Alex Telles after Covid-19 self-isolation will boost his options but Victor Lindelof is a doubt at the back. David De Gea is expected to start after Dean Henderson played in mid-week.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed sympathy for his opposite number but acknowledged during his own press conference: “when things are not good there is only one responsible, that is the manager.”

The Italian welcomes back a host of players with James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate all available after injury, and Lucas Digne back from suspension, as he looks to recapture early-season form after failing to win in three.  

Richarlison serves the final match of his suspension after the Merseyside derby, but Jordan Pickford will be back in goal after being dropped last week with Ancelotti confirming: “yes he starts, no doubt.”

Predicted Score 1-1

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June 2024