Stadium: Goodison Park
Kick-off: M0nday 20th August at 8:00 (Live on Sky Sports One from 7.00pm)
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Last time these two sides met the game was one of the best of the season, an epic match at Old Trafford that finished 4-4 with the Red Devils losing a lead that would ultimately cost them dearly in the title race. Both teams will be hoping to get off to a great start in the new Premier League campaign and with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur failing to secure 3 points in their opening fixtures at the weekend, both managers will want to get off to a decent start.
Manchester United’s blockbuster summer signing Robin van Persie will no doubt hope to steal the show as the Dutchman is set to make his debut tonight alongside Wayne Rooney. Another marquee league debut for United will be new signing Shinji Kagawa from Borrusia Dortmund.
Everton fans on the other hand will see their summer signing Steven Naismith start his first game for the Toffees after signing from Rangers. Steven Pienaar will also make his first appearance as a fully fledged Everton player in the summer after he made the deal permanent after being on loan for Spurs last season.
Marouane Fellaini (groin) and former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) are two key players for Everton who look to miss out. United on the other hand have a full squad to play with and will want to grab as many goal as possible because of the importance goals played last season.
Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Naismith, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar; Osman; Jelavic.
Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Kagawa; Rooney; Van Persie.
Out: Fletcher (colitis), Jones (back), Smalling (toe), Evans (ankle).
Matt Robinson’s Prediction
Everton 1-3 Manchester United
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