Wayne Rooney is hoping to end a 17-match run without an away goal in the Premier League as Manchester United travel to Everton on Saturday afternoon.
Key defensive duo John Stones and Seamus Coleman are set to make their Everton returns in Saturday’s clash at Goodison Park.
Stones missed two club games as well as England’s recent internationals because of a knee problem, while Coleman played for the Republic of Ireland on Sunday following a hamstring complaint.
Midfielders Tom Cleverley (leg) and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) are also in contention, and Kevin Mirallas has completed a three-match ban following his red card against Swansea last month.
Rooney has been passed fit for Manchester United.
Rooney missed England’s last two games against Estonia and Lithuania because of an ankle problem, but Louis van Gaal says his captain will be fit to play against his former employers at Goodison Park this weekend.
“Ashley Young is injured. He cannot play, but Wayne Rooney can play,” the United manager said.
Michael Carrick missed both internationals with a groin problem, but he is also available, as is Bastian Schweinsteiger even though he suffered an injury in the warm-up for Germany’s match against the Republic of Ireland.
Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo stayed behind at Carrington during the recent international break and they are fit to feature, Van Gaal said.
Paddy McNair, however, ruptured his liver playing for Northern Ireland against Finland and will be out for a month, according to the United manager.
United have only won twice in their last eight visits to Goodison Park, but Van Gaal is hoping to return to winning ways this weekend.
“Of course I am confident because I have seen the training sessions. I have seen the reaction of my players, so I am confident,” he said.
- Romelu Lukaku is one of only four players to score a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United (Bentley, Kuyt, Eto’o).
- Anthony Martial has touched the ball in the opposition box more often than any other Premier League player this season (every 9.2 minutes, minimum of 90 minutes played).
- Everton are the only Premier League side yet to score from a set piece this term.
- Wayne Rooney has not scored an away PL goal since last November (17 games without one) and has not scored at Goodison Park since April 2007 (six games).
- Roberto Martinez’s side have only won one of their last six at Goodison Park (D2 L3).
- Everton have won three consecutive home league games against Manchester United, keeping a clean sheet in each victory. They had won just three of their previous 20 at Goodison against the Red Devils in the Premier League before this.
- The last team to win four consecutive home league matches against Man Utd was also Everton (1984-1987) and the last team to do it without conceding was West Brom (1976-1979).
- Louis van Gaal (8/23) is still two short of the number of PL away wins recorded at Man Utd by David Moyes (10/18) despite managing five more games on the road.
- Gareth Barry will become only the second player to make 550 Premier League starts if he is named in the eleven in this game (David James 571, Barry 549).
- The Red Devils have won their four league games this season when Bastian Schweinsteiger has not started but have won just one of four with him in the eleven (D1 L2).