Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a response from his players in today’s Premier League clash against Everton.
This time around, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might wish the legendary forward was there to serve as another talking point aside from his own rocky future.
The Red Devils travel to Goodison Park for a must-win Premier League fixture on Saturday lunchtime, buoyed by the fact the Toffees have lost back-to-back games against Southampton and Newcastle.
United were beaten by Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir which has piled the pressure on the Norwegian as MEN Sport understands the club have approached former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino with a view to taking charge at Old Trafford.
Everton have also suffered back-to-back defeats under Carlo Ancelotti after their blistering start to the new campaign.
Rooney was often at the heart of things, having left Everton for Old Trafford as a teenager in 2004.
The England hero got so much stick from his old fans whenever he returned to Merseyside that he used to relish giving it back, kissing the badge on his United shirt on two separate occasions.
But by 2017, he had returned and needed to show his loyalty now lay with his boyhood side again.
Solskjaer has no fresh injury concerns and will welcome summer signing Alex Telles back into the squad after he recovered from coronavirus.
United have Anthony Martial available again after the Frenchman completed his three-match suspension for the red card he picked up against Tottenham.
On the opposite side, Everton will be without star forward Richarlison following his dismissal against Liverpool.
Everton will not be with Brazilian international Richarlison who is suspended but French defender Lucas Digne is expected to return after a ban.
After being dropped last Sunday, English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is expected to be the man in between Everton’s sticks at home.
Under pressure, Solskjaer may field Jesse Lingard for the first time this season but centre-back Victor Lindelof remains a doubt.
“Está disponible”, así confirmó el técnico Carlo Ancelotti la presencia del colombiano entre los convocados para el compromiso de la octava fecha de la Premier League en el estadio Goodison Park.
“Es una oportunidad para nosotros y queremos aprovecharla. Tenemos que salir adelante de estas dos derrotas que no fueron buenas, volver y jugar bien y mostrar espíritu de lucha”, dijo el entrenador italiano.
Alex Telles is set to be available after completing the mandatory Covid-19 self-isolation period while Anthony Martial is available after completing a three-match ban.
Everton está invicto como local. Ganó frente a West Albion, Brighton y empató contra el campeón Liverpool. Tiene 13 puntos y bajó al cuarto puesto del torneo.