Everton vs Manchester United

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Lucas Digne will be assessed on Saturday to see if he can start after training individually this week

Everton play the second of four successive games against so-called “big six” clubs as Manchester United come to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Blues will be hoping for a result more befitting their performance than last weekend where they scored very early against Arsenal, conceded three times, then dominated the Gunners over the final third of the match but couldn't find an equaliser.

This time they will be on home turf against a United side that has been unpredictable and erratic at times this season but who nevertheless start the weekend in fifth place having won their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Watford without conceding a goal.

That followed defeats to Liverpool and Burnley and a goalless home draw with Wolves but with new signing Bruno Fernandes having made a good start to life in England and a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Club Bruges in the Europa League, there is a feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again appears to have a handle on the task at Old Trafford.

As such, United would seem to be a more difficult proposition than the last time the two sides met in Manchester in December and this fixture is a little trickier than it looked only a couple of weeks ago.

While Solskjaer will likely be without the injured Anthony Martial, he will be able to hand Odeon Ighalo his first League start since his arrival on loan from China — thankfully, the Nigerian has already got off the mark for them — and Mason Greenwood, the young striker who netted in the reverse fixture against the Blues — is also available after being rested against Bruges on Thursday.

Everton, of course, will have the advantage of Goodison Park where they haven't lost in the League since Marco Silva's side went down to Norwich in November. Carlo Ancelotti will also have André Gomes as a likely starter following his return as a substitute against Arsenal last weekend and if that cameo was any indication, he will add a an entirely new dimension to a midfield that has held together under the Italian but has felt like the weak link since the Portuguese suffered his injury in November.

With Morgan Schneiderlin out for two months following surgery on his knee, the question becomes who between Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson partners Gomes if he does start? Both were in the starting XI at the Emirates but with Theo Walcott available again after missing the defeat at Arsenal with a knee injury, it's possible that Ancelotti will revert to a more conventional formation with two central midfielders.

Then there is Bernard who has been a strong performer at home under Ancelotti but who also made a strong case for inclusion with his own display off the bench last Sunday. He could once again replace Alex Iwobi wide on the left.

A late decision will be made over Lucas Digne who was also sidelined last week with a minor injury while it remains to be seen if the manager feels that Seamus Coleman should come back for Djibril Sidibé at right back.

While United have found some form in February, this is the sort of game that can bring the best out of Everton and it should also prompt a raucous atmosphere from the crowd who will remember the 4-0 thumping the Blues meted out to the same opposition last season.

If, as Ancelotti says, they have worked sufficiently on tightening up at the back, they should have the platform from which to carve out the opportunities to win the match and close the gap to United in the table to just two points. That would put the Toffees right back in the hunt for Europe.

Kick-off: 2pm, Sunday 1 March 2019
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Last Time: Everton 4 - 0 Manchester United

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Baines, Delph, Gomes, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

 

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Peter Warren
1 Posted 29/02/2020 at 07:53:21
I'm very much looking forward to this game. It would be great to get a top performance coupled with 3 points.
Peter Mills
2 Posted 29/02/2020 at 08:23:43
I’m going to nip in ahead of George with a musical reference.

On Thursday evening I was watching a DVD of a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert at Wembley. I was at the gig, in September 1974. It was a good show, rambling along in an American west coast kind of way, when Graham Nash announced, apropos nothing whatsoever, “Manchester United 2 Everton 0”.

I don’t know whether he was trying to be cool and demonstrate his Mancunian roots, but he was clearly unaware that Man Utd were playing in the 2nd division at the time!

To make up for this early example of fake news, I’m going for 2-0 to us tomorrow.

Frank Sheppard
3 Posted 29/02/2020 at 09:09:21
Fascinating prospect of a game this one. United surely there for the taking? COYB.
Joe O'Brien
4 Posted 29/02/2020 at 09:11:28
Can't wait for this match. Goodison should be rocking. It'll be an Everton win. Over from Ireland and one of my mates can't make it so have a spare ticket in the main stand (face value). If anyone interested get onto me 00353879115629. COYB
Derek Knox
5 Posted 29/02/2020 at 09:54:01
Hoping for a win as always but United seem to have started playing better recently, so I can't see another 4-0 in reality. Even a hard-fought 2-1 would do me, and please no more injuries.

I felt we should have had at least a point against Arsenal, but poor finishing and a few fortunate saves from Leno dictated otherwise. We could have done with at least that point to keep confidence high and in touch with those around us in the Table.

Tony Hill
6 Posted 29/02/2020 at 10:06:03
Man Utd are playing much better but I think they still have defensive vulnerability. I agree with Lyndon's team. We are still in the mix for Europe, despite last week's significant disappointment, so courage is required all round.
Tony Everan
7 Posted 29/02/2020 at 10:06:31
A win by whatever means here would be a tonic after Arsenal. Man Utd are not a million miles different to us at the moment, they are inconsistent. If we bring our A-game we will give them plenty of problems.

Would like to see the Mason Holgate / Andre Gomes partnership in central midfield. Think it would be a classy and complementary pairing that would give us defensive stability and good balance. Both of them are comfortable on the ball and will help us to control games better.

Prediction; narrow win for the Blues.

Robert Leigh
8 Posted 29/02/2020 at 10:07:33
I very much like the look of your lineup, Lyndon – let's hope that is the side to get at United.

Though they've had two wins, I saw nothing against Chelsea that would worry me. Especially given their biggest threat that day was Martial.

2-0 home win, Calvert-Lewin and Gomes to score ;)

Conor McCourt
9 Posted 29/02/2020 at 10:23:56
I agree that he will go with Delph and Gomes as Fernandes picks up those spaces in behind so he would worry about Siggy.

I think he might though start Sidibe as he normally does at home and will probably be up against James's pace. I could also see Keane brought in to deal with Igalo.

The rest of Lyndon's team looks likely.

Max Murphy
10 Posted 29/02/2020 at 11:01:13
Peter #2, Excellent!

Let's hope Graham Nash has since learnt to "Teach Your Children Well" instead of spreading fake news!

2-0 to the Blues will do nicely thank you!

Clive Rogers
11 Posted 29/02/2020 at 11:04:22
That is a stronger team than last week. Should be interesting. I would like to see Gordon get a run out late on.
James Hughes
12 Posted 29/02/2020 at 11:38:29
I would like to see Keane in defence and Holgate in midfield, with Gomes used from the bench. Sigurdsson ran them ragged in this game last season; it would be amazing if he could do it again.

Man Utd are on a good run so lets spoilt it for them.

Jim Bennings
13 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:18:35
If we defend like we did last Sunday then it’s not even worth turning up.

Everton need to stop this “nice men bearing gifts” theme, it’s past Christmas now.

Too often we just throw schoolboy goals into our own net.

Stop these errors in the back five and then maybe we’ll start beating the better sides?

Derek Knox
14 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:38:53
Jim @13, yes agree with you there, my heart is in my mouth when they are dangerously playing the ball around at the back. It only takes an under-hit or wayward pass, and the opposition are on it before you know it.

If you have the quality of players that Man City have then you can get away with it, and another thing I would fine players for, is back passing to the keeper when it is totally un-necessary.

Ajay Gopal
15 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:51:55
I think Carlo will start with Lyndon's starting XI – would like to see these on the bench: Coleman, Keane, Davies, Baningime, Kean, Simms, apart from the backup goalkeeper.
Gavin McGarvey
16 Posted 29/02/2020 at 13:30:47
Really interesting sequence of games coming up. Ancelloti has steadied the ship, but it will be our results over the next six games that will play a large part in whether we end up in Europe next season. Personally, I'm optimistic and I think we can get at least 9 maybe 10 points from them. COYB
John Keating
17 Posted 29/02/2020 at 14:13:05
Gavin,

A lot of posters seem to think Europe is on the cards and that, from this position, we should expect, and be entitled to get a place. Hopefully we will.

However, let's not forget a number of teams are in the mix and they will also be going all out to secure a place. We can't expect those teams to drop points just because we want a European spot.

We started off half-way through the season in a shit position and are definitely going in the right direction. A European place would be a huge bonus. Whether we are ready for Europe is another matter.

Jerome Shields
18 Posted 29/02/2020 at 15:40:15
Going to need Holgate as a defending midfielder in this game.
Paul Colley
19 Posted 29/02/2020 at 16:02:39
On the offchance there may be some West Yorkshire folk reading, I have an annoyingly late spare for tomorrow (Lower Gwladys) that I would be happy to gift in return for a lift. Other cool trades considered. :) Based in Keighley 07862 175114
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

20 Posted 29/02/2020 at 16:30:08
I see the Tranmere v Fleetwood game was called off today for a waterlogged pitch.

I know Prenton Park is notoriously bad and susceptible to this, but how is the weather on Merseyside and is it likely to impact on our game tomorrow?

As an aside, if I was back there I'd keep an eye on when the Tranmere-Fleetwood game was rescheduled. A chance to see two of our loaners, Gibson and Connolly, in real action.

Ray Roche
21 Posted 29/02/2020 at 16:40:50
Jay, here in North Wales we often get the weather ahead of Liverpool. Here, now, it's blowing a gale and pouring down after a pleasant but windy morning.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

22 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:03:02
Cheers Ray.

Do you do nationwide weather forecasts, or only for 'local people'?!

Brian Williams
23 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:04:07
Jay#21.
It's blowin' a hoolie and pishin' down but it shouldn't affect our game tomorrow.

And Ray's wasn't a forecast as such. It's always pishin' down in North Wales.

Ray Roche
24 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:13:54
Brian, there are those who say it’s no more than we deserve.
Us wools.🐑 From Roby.
Brian Williams
25 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:15:39
Aye Ray but ooh those yews! 🤪
Dave Williams
26 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:26:18
Pickford
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Theo Holgate Gomes Bernard
Richi DCL

Need to be solid in defence especially if Martial is fit as he plays down their left. Mason is by far our best defensive midfielder.
This team would win though I can’t see Carlo picking it. Please not Delph AND Siggy??

Jim Harrison
27 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:40:20
Love a “there for the taking comment” such as post 3.
A team that have won 3 on the bounce without conceding, last game scoring 5!!! Next up can we have “never a better time to face” please

Tough one to call. They are getting goals now and their new player seems to have helped them step up from early season, but so have we.
Got to hope Thursday took its toll on them, although that didn’t work out for us last week!

Rob Hooton
28 Posted 29/02/2020 at 17:56:12
They are starting to get their act together and are only a few points off Chelsea, really hoping we get a win to throw ourselves into the mix.
Defeat would be awful, I was there with my dad and brother for the 4-0 last season and it was the best day I have had in yonks!
Can’t make it this time so will take my dad to the pub, would be great if Siggy could rediscover his form and find his shooting boots - he is well overdue a goal so if he plays I think he will score and we will win 3-1.
COYB!
Ashley Roberts
29 Posted 29/02/2020 at 18:19:35
I would go with the same team picked above but would swap out Delph for Davies or Sigurdsson.
Nigel Hind
30 Posted 29/02/2020 at 18:27:45
First time poster here. I'm taking my 8 year old to the game and he is desperate to meet the players when they get into Goodison Park. Where is the best place to catch them and what time? Sorry if posted in wrong section.

Cheers
Jay Evans
31 Posted 29/02/2020 at 18:58:32
Good luck blues. It’s gonna be a tight one tomorrow now doubt about that.

I like the look of Lyndon’s team in fact amazingly, it’s the same eleven I would choose and I almost never agree with Mr Lloyd.

I have a feeling Baines will score tomorrow from the spot. Hope I’m right.

Onward Evertonians. Full support.💙

Martin Mason
32 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:12:07
Good luck tomorrow, Blues. Man Utd have started to play very well and their latest acquisitions look to have been good. I think we'll do well and get a result but, in Rashford and Martial, they have forwards who can embarrass our vulnerable back line.

I'd love to see Holgate in DM with Keane in CD and see if that could tighten things up. Losing Gana was a disaster for us but we're recovering. I'm really positive about the situation at Everton now but it's a project, not an instant miracle. What a move for the club to hire this manager.

Dave Williams
33 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:28:25
Good old Watford!! RS run out to Z-Cars and lose 3-0.

Near enough!!!

Tom Bowers
34 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:29:29
Everton the last team to stop Liverpool scoring!!
Derek Knox
35 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:35:59
Let's hope this is the start of a long losing run for them! :-)
David Hallwood
36 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:39:28
Defensively, the Mancs were woeful vs Watford, luckily for them, Watford were equally woeful in front of goal.

Tomorrow promises to be an intriguing match: if we turn up, we win.

Tom Bowers
37 Posted 29/02/2020 at 19:55:33
Everton the last team to stop Liverpool scoring!!
Kevin Day
38 Posted 29/02/2020 at 20:28:58
Nigel Hind @30

Wait around after the game by the players car park, the players come out and meet the kids, sign shirts etc. Last time I took my daughter, she met Gomes, Richarlison, Bernard, Digne, Pickford, Keane, Coleman... in fact, it was only Mina who didn't stop for photos.

Frank McGregor
39 Posted 29/02/2020 at 20:44:26
At this stage of the season, there is a big push for getting into Europe, which is a good incentive to have. However, I would like to see a couple of the Under-23s getting some exposure between now and the end of season to build for the future.

By the way, looks like Liverpool have given up winning for Lent!

Tony Twist
40 Posted 29/02/2020 at 21:03:49
As soon as there is a sniff of Europe, then we have naive performances like at Arsenal. I haven't seen any improvement in our mentality for games against the better teams so Carlo needs to up his game. I would try this team:

Pickford,
Sidibé, Keane, Mina, Delph,
Walcott, Gomes, Holgate, Bernard,
Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

I would also like to see Gordon and Kean come on at some stage.

Good luck Blues.

Tony Everan
41 Posted 29/02/2020 at 22:22:14
Tony 40, that's the team for me too. Here's hoping Carlo goes for it. I'm assuming you meant Digne, not Delph.
Jerome Shields
42 Posted 29/02/2020 at 23:16:11
David #26

Your selection is the one I would like to see.

Rudi Coote
43 Posted 01/03/2020 at 01:18:19
Wow... We have so many managers. Carlo should be on the phone cos evidently he hasn't got a clue.

It doesn't matter what or who you'd play. It's up to the manager and I'm sure his name is Carlo Ancelotti.

Mark Siddons
44 Posted 01/03/2020 at 06:09:43
Agree with Dave #26, looking at re-runs of the Arsenal game, Sidibe could be to blame for not marking properly in all 3 goals? Coleman back in.
Jack Convery
45 Posted 01/03/2020 at 07:05:25
We are creating lots of chances but not taking them – sooner or later, we are going to give someone a hiding – hopefully today. To see André Gomes in the team will be a real boost for the XI that run out and the fans – so here's hoping. Man Utd are not that good and should tire in the final 25 minutes. COYBs.
Steve Shave
46 Posted 01/03/2020 at 07:15:46
Nigel (30) welcome to ToffeeWeb!

Dave (26) that is the team selection for me too. Walcott has done well enough under Carlo recently to merit a start. He probably won't go with Holgate in CM and knowing Carlo he will throw in a surprise team selection, if no Holgate as CM please not Sigurdsson or Davies, I would go with Delph.

Holgate has the defensive prowess to release a new, more creative version of Gomes under Carlo's new 'vertical passing' philosophy. I can see a much brighter future under this philosophy, it excites me to think we will have a new CM in the summer, someone who can more effectively help break down play and move the ball forward quickly, the thought of Calvert-Lewin, Kean and Richy bombing forward on the counter-attack is mouth-watering.

Sam Hoare
47 Posted 01/03/2020 at 07:48:19
Win today and we are potentially 2 points off 5th and 6 points off 4th. Man Utd are in good form and have some good players all over the park.

Should be evenly matched but I worry about our defense. We've been conceded around 2 a game for the last month and a half and that's not sustainable if we want to win more matches.

Fran Mitchell
48 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:01:50
Gonna be a tough game. This is an in-form Man Utd, not the Man Utd from last season. Fernandes is an excellent signing for them. But they are capable of playing woeful and disjointed too.

Martial is dangerous, but is also capable of being frustrated. Greenwood is a talent.

We need to frustrate them I think, perform some 'dark arts' and get under their skin.

Another goal for Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in a 2-0 win.

Steve Shave
49 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:03:08
Rudi (43) what exactly should people be discussing on here? Fans debating their team's style and selection on a fan forum shock horror!!! If that isn't what this is all about then I'm lost. If it irritates you then I suggest you browse some other part of the internet.
Vijay Nair
50 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:12:28
Fran (48) I think Martial is a doubt for this game, which is probably good for us.

Speaking to United fans, Lindelof is the weak link in defence, so if he plays in place of Bailly hopefully we exploit that. Maguire tends to not bomb forward when playing next to Lindelof (doesn't trust him perhaps).

Colin Glassar
51 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:30:53
Two very inconsistent teams make this one a toss up.
Steve Shave
52 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:37:16
Absolutely Colin, I think maybe it will be determined by a bit of luck for someone.
Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 01/03/2020 at 08:51:27
Everton will be all the better if there are no shirkers in the team, watched Watford last night, 11 players all playing for the team for 90-odd minutes, have Everton got eleven players who will do that. I'm not sure, didn't have that many last week, cost us the game.
Robert Tressell
54 Posted 01/03/2020 at 09:35:56
Steve @ 46. You mention a new midfield signing capable of getting the ball forward effectively... Well the Rabiot rumours are back. That's the sort of signing to elevate the first 11 to another level. Today though, we should have enough if Carlo can get us organised right.
George McKane
55 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:00:32
Sunday morning - - a cold, sharp, windy day - - my wife has been for a walk and came in for breakfast and told me I should “wrap-up” - - love hey - - the sky is mainly Blue - - with a scattering of small clouds but in the front window looking over to The City and along the River with the Ellesmere Port oil terminal hazy and unclear in the background - - The River has a silver sheen on it - - still - - glimpses like pearls between the roofs - - Turner or Whistler - - maybe Sisley - - or Sunday Morning with George (Seurat) - - I am drinking my second cup of coffee up in my writing room - - decadence - - wrapped at the movement in a large thick Blue dressing gown - - my Van Gogh Apple Blossom in Spring cup and saucer on the table in front of me - - Van in the background - - just listening to Rave On John Donne:

“Rave on down through time and space down through the corridors
Rave on words on printed page
Rave on, you left us infinity
And well pressed pages torn to fade
Drive on with wild abandon
Uptempo, frenzied heels
Rave on, Walt Whitman, nose down in wet grass
Rave on fill the senses
On nature's bright green shady path
Rave on Omar Khayyam, Rave on Kahlil Gibran
Oh, what sweet wine we drinketh
The celebration will be held
We will partake the wine and break the Holy bread
Rave on let a man come out of Ireland
Rave on on Mr. Yeats,
Rave on down through the Holy Rosey Cross
Rave on down through theosophy, and the Golden Dawn
Rave on through the writing of A Vision …. As the leaves shake out from the trees … The Oneness”

My goodness, what a start to the day - - - my soul and imagination flying, swirling - - like van Gogh’s Starry Night - - I have stood at every single site of Vincent’s Paintings - - on The Bridge in Arles overlooking The Rhone and floated - - flew - - into a summer night of cobalt Blue sky and swirling moving stars - - what a life we can have - - I am A Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

My House - - my heart - - my mind - - my imagination - - is filled with books - - everywhere - - books and notepads and pens are in every room at every point - - my mind had wandered to Dickens - - it never strays very far from such thoughts - - I recall Great Expectations - - I still have the original one my sister Margaret bought for me in 1960 for Christmas - - it’s on my bookshelf - - inside it has the 1960 Everton team in ink - - I wrote it because I didn’t want a proper book but a football book - - but that book changed my life - - it seems Dickens is sitting with me - - waiting to go the game and looking over The River and The City:

““It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” - - Great Expectations

“What Larks hey Pip - - What Larks” - - Dickens whispered that in my ear just now - - - you know once I did a piece in a London Gallery on The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault - - I built a raft in the Gallery under the painting (which was on loan) - - and imagined what it was like if it was my last days - - as if I was adrift with no hope - - I opened my heart and my innermost thoughts to the audience - - and a man jumped on the raft with me and said he wanted to talk about his father - - a difficult relationship he said - - that man’s name was Pip - - and we had Larks for many years' after becoming great friends - - when you open yourself up others feel your strength and your fear and join in - - it is both cathartic and healing:

“And when heart is open
And when heart is open
You will change just like a flower slowly openin'
And when heart is open
You will change just like a flower slowly openin'”

Van blowing away in the ether - - sitting tightly in between me and Charles:

“And you look out on the water
And the big ships, and the big boats
Came on sailing by, by, by, by
And you felt so good, and I felt so good
I felt I want to blow my harmonica
Take me back, there, take me way back there
Take me back, take me back, take me back
Take me way, way, way back, way back
To when, when I understood
When I understood the light, when I understood the light
In the golden afternoon, in the golden afternoon
In the golden afternoon, in the golden afternoon
In the golden afternoon when we sat and listened to Sonny Boy blow
In the golden afternoon when
We sat and let Sonny Boy, blow, blow his harp ….
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, ah
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, so good
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now”

Will have to go soon and get myself ready - - Full Kit Inspection in The Dark House before the game - - have to go and wash behind my ears - - make sure there is no tide mark and clean vest and drawers - - I love going to the game - - I always watch whenever we are on TV but I do not enjoy that as much - - obviously - - I get somewhat agitated watching on TV - - in the warm and safety of my settee - - but the ritual of the game - - friends - - the pub - - the conversation - - the cold of a winters day - - the crispness.

Gosia will take me in the car today - - under The River in our own small chariot - - today we will go via The New Tunnel - - coming out of the dark - - into the light of Scotland Road - - St. Anthony’s coming quickly into view on the right and along to Smith Street - - where I lived and played - - and learnt and dreamed - - - big game today - - important - - all 3 points needed if we are to dream - - oh my here comes Dante to join me and Charles and Vincent and Van - - the room is getting packed - - but hey man - - all friends and True Blues together - - Dante just said to me:

“O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?”

I just showed the gang here some of the comments on TW - - Dante took off his cap for a moment and leaned into me and whispered again in my ear:

“That precious fruit which all men eagerly go searching for on many different boughs will give, today, peace to your hungry soul.”

To repeat and repeat again - - What A Life - - What Joy - - What A Pleasure To Be A Blue - -The boys here - - Vincent, Charles, Dante and Van The Man have just put their hands on my shoulders - - for a moment there was Silence - - we looked together out of the window towards The City - - The River - - Van whispered - - took a deep breath - - and said into my ear - -

“Look down on the City - - To The River … can you see Scotty”

“Yes” - - we all breathed

“and on”

“yes”

“Ahead where home awaits the heart
Ahead where home is waiting
Ahead where home awaits the heart
Peace is near
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream”

We held our breath - - together - - and we knew - - We Are Blues - - Together - - We Knew.

I send my breath - - my heartbeat - - my good wishes - - and True Blue Cosmic Waves to All You Blues - - wherever we are - - with a firm handshake - - your friends George - - Charlie Boy, Dante, Van and Vincent

Off to the game now - - floating on The Big Blue Astral.

Paul Johnson
56 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:09:04
Absolutely brilliant George. Lifted my spirits no end, the blues by two goals today. Have a great day George.
Steve Shave
57 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:38:00
Robert @54,

Yes, mate, I saw that; we can dream. It is such a pivotal signing to our progression, that one, I think we should break the bank for whomever it is. I would love Rabiot, you are right, that is the kind of quality required; would he come, however? Is his attitude right?

Widely muted that there are attitude problems there, I seem to recall something about a dodgy agent too (isn't it his mother or something? I don't know, pissing in the dark as per). It doesn't bode well if Juve want rid so soon. I did read, however, that he loves Ancelotti, so you never know.

Laurie Hartley
58 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:44:21
“Summoning his cosmic powers
And glowing* slightly from his toes
His psychic emanations flowed”

*The glow was definitely Blue

You know who.

Tony Everan
59 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:44:38
Good morning George, your match day words always suck me in, make me see and wonder.

Royal blue cosmic vibes sent to you and your esteemed spirits. Hopefully they’ve wrote a good script for us today.

Sam Barrett
60 Posted 01/03/2020 at 10:52:49
Absolutely brilliant as always, George, lifted my spirit no end.

What a great bunch of Evertonians: Dickens, Dante, Van Morrison, Van Gogh and McKane.

Have a good day.

Eugene Kearney
61 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:01:23
Everton 3 - Manchester United 1.
Derek Thomas
62 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:05:48
Thank you, George, for reminding me of the opening of Lean's 1946 Great Expectations film. A masterpiece of cinematography... up there with Carol Reed's Harry Lime in the lighted doorway scene.
Rudi Coote
63 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:15:54
Steve @49.

It's called free speech. I'm not knocking anyone's opinion. Read it for what it is... My opinion. If you don't like it... tough!!

Raymond Fox
64 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:41:49
I don't think there's much between the two teams and a draw is a likely result.

As has been mentioned, Fernandes seems to have got Man Utd playing better so I fancy Ancelotti will have him closely marked.

Home advantage to us so I'm hoping for a win, but I see it as a tight game where anything can happen!

George McKane
65 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:56:49
Thank you all for your nice comments, Derek, tremendous and also the beginning of Oliver Twist – The Workhouse looking like Auschwitz where Lean had visited.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

66 Posted 01/03/2020 at 11:58:34
Incredibly, today is the 40th anniversary of Dixie Dean's passing.

He died, of course, at Goodison watching the Everton - Liverpool derby.

Bill Shankly's description of the great man will resonate with George, I'm sure:

"He belongs to the company of the supremely great, like Beethoven, Shakespeare and Rembrandt".

Let's hope we get a performance and result worthy of his memory today.

Conor McCourt
67 Posted 01/03/2020 at 12:11:05
This is a game we really must win as it's our most likely from these four tough teams in quick succession. A lot of complements are being paid to Man Utd but I still think they are vulnerable.

Solsjaer has been brave this season and built for the future and, with many young players, they are inconsistent. They have lost 3 of their last 5 away from home in the Premier League, though had some tough opponents, but today they will be apparently without Martial, which really weakens their threat especially with Rashford missing.

Ighalo, James and Greenwood is decent but not to be feared and our front boys can hurt them.

Derek Knox
68 Posted 01/03/2020 at 12:17:08
Uplifted my spirit again George, not actually going today, but will be watching everything on TV. Send a copy of your prose to Carlo and the boys, that will definitely clinch it for us.

Hoping we get all three points but won't be easy, but it must still haunt them the meeting in April last year, where it all went right on the day for us. As Jay pointed out too, the 40th anniversary of Dixie Dean's demise, would be a fitting tribute to commemorate it with a win.

COYB

Jay Evans
69 Posted 01/03/2020 at 12:30:08
Can I be the first to thank Rudi Beaut for letting the thread know the name of our manager. Personally, I'd forgotten.

Rudi, if it's okay with you I'd like to type something else if that's okay? Okay then, if you're sure.

I used to dread this fixture. That's because Man Utd used to be a top team. They're not anymore. They hold no fear for me. Conditions will be tough for both sides but I really fancy us today, particularly if we score first.

Full support. Onward Evertonians. 💙

Kevin Prytherch
70 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:01:15
Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Virginia, Delph, Mina, Iwobi, Sidibe, Bernard, Kean.

Jay Evans
71 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:13:23
Has Bernard upset The Don? Is he a really poor trainer?

Or does Gylfi have some weird clause in his contract which states he has to start if fit?

Dave Abrahams
72 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:14:21
George, brilliant as ever. Great Expectations, can't beat a good book, especially if it is written by Charles Dickens. I don't think he was an Evertonian though, George, he was a bit of a snob, so maybe one of the red side. They think they are better than they are, but never mind, George, you'll convert him when you get there.

The very best of vibes to George and hoping for the best today, doubt it will be like last season 4-0, but hope it is for you.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

73 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:17:01
Quite sweeping changes, that, Kevin.

Four starters at Arsenal dropped to the bench and a fifth out injured, that's half the outfield players changed.

Digne still not fit, I guess, as he doesn't even make the bench. Gomes in for Schneiderlin forced. I hope Tom steps up today.

Walcott back for Iwobi no surprise. I'm curious to know if dropping Sidibe, Mina and Delph is tactical, related to form, or a mixture of both.

United's starting XI very strong, based on recent form:

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial.

Going to be a good barometer to see where we are.

Colin Glassar
74 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:18:45
Strange team selection. Has Carlo lost the plot or is he going to “Guardiola” the Mancs today? The two oldies, Baines and Coleman, are going to have two keep an eye on Keane and Holgate.
Derek Knox
75 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:27:38
Wow, Souness almost praising us on Sky Sports Premier League show. Roy Keane obviously sticking up for Man Utd.

Surprised so many changes from last week, a bit worried about midfield with Davies and Sigurdsson, but hopefully they'll prove my skepticism unfounded and Carlo has the magic formula right.

Mike Kehoe
76 Posted 01/03/2020 at 13:58:21
My God, has there ever been a thicker pundit that Carragher, he just interviewed Carlo and pretty much asked him if he wants to win games and play in Europe, not HOW he would do this. Personally, I was hoping to learn what Carlo’s favourite colour is.

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