Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon where they are expected to make a number of changes from their midweek Europa League win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes on Thursday night, asUnitedbeat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 and key players including David de Gea, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford were rested.
United will be in search of their thirdPremier Leaguewin in a row on Sunday, and it’s expected Solskjaer could name an almost unchanged side from the Manchester derby.
Sergio Romero started in goal on Thursday night, but De Gea is set to return on Sunday, while the back four that led United to a 2-1 defeat of City may also return.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka delivered an outstanding performance in the derby, nullifying the threat of Raheem Sterling with ease, and the Englishman is expected to return at right back after being rested in midweek.
United have craved a solid center back partnership since the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and while Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf have a long way to go to match their predecessors’ levels, the pair have looked calm and assured in the heart of United’s defense and both are expected to start on Sunday.
At left-back, Solskjaer has various options with Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Brandon Williams at his disposal. Shaw was the preference in the derby, with Young featuring in the Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar, albeit at right back, while young Williams got the nod at left-back.
In midfield, it would be a mistake for Solskjaer to disrupt the blossoming partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay, with the pair tenaciously working in United’s engine room.
Rashford and James punished City on the counter-attack last weekend with their blistering pace, and it makes sense for the pair to regain their places.
However, in the center of attacking midfield Solskjaer is left waiting on a decision on Jesse Lingard’s fitness, after sustaining a knock in the derby and Andreas Pereira could therefore feature.
Martial played 60 minutes on Thursday and United’s number nine is once again the preference to lead the line on Sunday, with the Frenchman in search of more goals to add to his growing tally.
United possible XI (4 -2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial.