Everton vs Manchester United preview: Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic could return
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Last Updated: 21/04/19 12:08pm
Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic are in contention for Manchester United as they return to Premier League action against Everton at Goodison Park.
Sanchez (knee) came off the bench against Barcelona in midweek after six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury while Matic was an unused substitute for the 3-0 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp.
Luke Shaw is available again after serving a one-match ban in Barcelona and Ander Herrera is back in training, but Sunday's clash is expected to come too soon for Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia.
Everton are still without Colombia defender Yerry Mina ahead of United's visit.
Mina has been out with a hamstring injury since the end of last month and is expected to resume full training within the next week.
Morgan Schneiderlin could return to the squad following an injured ankle but fellow midfielder Andre Gomes will miss the game as he begins his three-match suspension.
- Everton have lost more Premier League matches against Manchester United than any side has against another in the history of the competition (36).
- Following a run of three straight away defeats against Everton without scoring a single goal, Manchester United have won two of their last three top-flight games at Goodison Park (D1).
- In their meeting earlier this season, Manchester United scored their 100th Premier League goal against Everton in a 2-1 victory, making them just the second side to net 100+ goals against a single opponent in the competition (also Arsenal against Everton).
- Everton's only previous league win, and Man Utd's only previous league defeat on Easter Sunday came in this exact fixture in the 2013-14 campaign (Everton 2-0 Man Utd).
- After a run of just one home win in eight Premier League games, Everton have won their last two at Goodison Park.
- Everton have won their last two home Premier League games against 'big six' sides, as many as they had in their previous 19 in the competition (W2 D7 L10). They last won three home league games in a row against such opponents in the competition in March 2012.
- Manchester United have lost their last two Premier League away games - they've not lost three in a row on the road since January 1996.
- Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last three Premier League games Everton - the last Man Utd player to score in four straight matches against a single opponent was Wayne Rooney vs Hull in November 2014.
- Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored seven Premier League goals as a player against Everton - against no side did he net more in the competition.
- Paul Pogba is Man Utd's highest scorer in the Premier League this season with 13 goals. It's the most in the competition by a French player in a season for Man Utd since Eric Cantona in 1995-96 (14), while seven of his goals have been penalties - only Ruud van Nistelrooy (8 in 2002-03) has scored in a single campaign for the Red Devils.
- Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals against Man Utd (4 goals, 3 assists) - against no side has he been involved in more. However, all four of his goals scored against them have come at Old Trafford.
Could you get anymore different with Everton? One minute they are ripping apart Arsenal and beating West Ham away, then all of a sudden, against a Fulham side that have not scored two goals in a game since day one, and they cannot keep a clean sheet against them. It is a bad attitude there - you cannot look at the manager, you have to look at the players.
Man United are a million miles off. They need to win the game or they are out of the Champions League, but I do not think they will get it - they are well short at the moment. Some of their results have been very fortunate. For me, the unbeaten run was covering over the cracks.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1