Everton vs Manchester United

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Could Abdoulaye Doucouré's absence open the door to a second start for Ellis Simms under Sean Dyche?

Unbeaten in four matches, Everton travel to Old Trafford on Saturday to take on Manchester United in the lunchtime kick off.

The Blues are coming off respectable draws against Chelsea and Tottenham, with both games featuring uplifting late goals that earned valuable points in the bed to stave off relegation.

In the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Sean Dyche has shown faith in a consistent starting XI for the past few games, but he will be forced into at least one change this weekend with Abdoulaye Doucouré beginning a three match suspension following his red card against Spurs.

It robs the manager of a vital component of his attack, where Doucouré’s energy and ability to provide the link between Demarai Gray and the midfield has been so important since the former’s return to the side.

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How Dyche deals with the Mali international’s absence will make for interesting reading when the teams sheet is announced an hour before kick off.

The nature of the opposition and the venue, where Everton have won just twice in the Premier League era mean that Dyche may favour retaining Gray up front to utilise his pace on the counter attack but there is also the option of deploying Ellis Sims in the centre-forward role given how comfortable he has looked in his recent cameos off the bench

Moving Alex Iwobi in off the right flank would install the Nigerian in his favoured position but it would also reduce the strength of cover on the wing in front of Séamus Coleman.

One further alternative is to push Amadou Onana forward to provide a similar physical profile to Doucouré’s and play James Garner in a more withdrawn role against his old club, where he can dictate to play with his range of passing.

United will be playing less than three days after taking on Brentford in midweek when they arrested a three-match run without a victory in the League and moved back into the top four thanks to Marcus Rashford’s solitary strike.

Erik ten Hag will still be without the suspended Casimero and may wait to throw Christian Eriksen straight back into action so soon after he returned to first-team training following an ankle injury but he has plenty of talent at his disposal.

Keeping the likes of Rashford, Antony and Bruno Fernandes quiet will be high on Dyche’s list of priorities as he no doubt plans to contain United, remain in the game for as long as possible and try and hit the hosts on the break or from set-pieces.

Under Ten Hag, the Red Devils have, for the most part, been organised and potent but they have also shown themselves to be susceptible to bad results and inexplicable collapses.

If Everton can repeat the kind of display they put on in this fixture last season or at the nearby Etihad Stadium at the end of last year and make United have a bad day, a positive result could be in the offing.

Kick-off: 12:30pm, Saturday 8 April, 2023
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR Paul Tierney
Last Time: Manchester United 1 - 1 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Gueye, Onana,  Iwobi, McNeil, Gray, Simms


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Henrik Lyngsie
1 Posted 07/04/2023 at 07:21:05
I would be very surpriced if Dyche moves Iwobi to the central midfield as in the predicted lineup. I don’t think that Dyche has trust in Iwobi for that role. Our current midfield is based on hard work and physicality. I don’t see Dyche selecting Iwobi for that. He will go with Davies or Garner. I have not seen much of Garner but I hope this could be his opportunity.
Kunal Desai
2 Posted 07/04/2023 at 07:29:20
I think Dyche will go with Davies in the middle. Would happily take a point here.
Jerome Shields
3 Posted 07/04/2023 at 07:54:16
I think he might throw in Garner.He has a point to prove and knows all about United.I can't see Dyche wanting to change formation too much.Davies if he doesn't believe Garner is up to it.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 07/04/2023 at 07:57:49
Who knows.

Simms up front?

Gray and McNeil wide with Iwobi providing width?

Maybe Davies coming in alongside Gueye?

Let's see what the manager comes up with.

If anyone can't make it, let me know. I can travel at short notice.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 07/04/2023 at 08:18:10
I think the team formation stays the exactly the same, Garner comes in for Doucoure. He’s played a box to box midfielder at some points, can create, has a good cross and can shoot. The emphasis on Saturday will be on closing the space and pressing Man Utd so Garner may be a better fit than Davies or moving Iwobi.

We will be aiming to win the ball in midfield and shift it out wide predominantly to McNeill, also our forward players Gray and Iwobi wider and will be encouraging them to win free kicks and especially corners.

We are a threat these days from set pieces, if we can keep things tight, we can get at least a point from :this match or poach the win. Dyche’s got us organised and hard to beat with a bit of method in attack that is yielding a few goals .

Make no mistake it is a tough game , and they get a lot of decisions in their favour at Old Trafford, but still ,I’m optimistic.


Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 07/04/2023 at 08:48:43
I should have said Iwobi playing central; number 10. Scores the winner after setting up Simms with an assist for an earlier equaliser.

Garner seems to be sparking interest. I've not seen enough of him and to be honest, even though I was at the match on Monday, I didn't realise he had come on until I watched the highlights.

I note he played a lot on loan in the Championship (I think), but only played twice for Manchester United.

That doesn't necessarily matter. A former Liverpool reserve became my boyhood idol.

Steve Brown
7 Posted 07/04/2023 at 09:12:14
I would play Iwobi as a CAM as well Danny, although plenty may disagree.
Frank Sheppard
8 Posted 07/04/2023 at 09:27:03
No, not Davies starting please. Don’t want him running around like a headless chicken, giving the ball away, fouling everyone from the start. Too much of a liability with 10 mins to go, so not a starter.
Ian Bennett
9 Posted 07/04/2023 at 09:39:18
I'd be tempted if Patterson was fit, to play him in front of Coleman - and move Iwobi central.
Mark Ryan
10 Posted 07/04/2023 at 09:40:36
Good to see and hear Sean Dyche ripping the piss out of Kanes theatrics. Eyelashgate lol !!
James Lawton
11 Posted 07/04/2023 at 10:04:14
Am very optimistic for tomorrow. One thing I am sure about, we may not win the match, but the players will not leave the field defeated. Whole new outlook for the team under Sean Dyche.
Christopher Timmins
12 Posted 07/04/2023 at 10:10:26
Just one change Garner or Davis for the eyelash destroyer. No reason why we can't get a positive result.

Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 07/04/2023 at 10:18:47
I think Dyche, was having a go at more than Harry Kane, Mark, and I thought he spoke a lot of sense about how precious certain people have been allowed to become. I’ve always thought football reflects life at the time, so whilst nobody was talking about the leg breaker, (probably because Keane just got on with it) loads wanted to argue instead about wether Kane, had done anything wrong?

He never cheated, he used gamesmanship, acceptable to some, but totally embarrassing to others. I’ve just seen a headline from Tottenham’s manager that said real time is different from slow motion replay’s, which is the justification that “most players” need, to continue dragging the game into the gutter.

It would be interesting to see Iwobi, playing centrally under Dyche. He had a good game the other night, and he has got a very good engine. I thought his lack of defensive discipline under Lampard, was incredibly poor, but if players aren’t getting pulled up on this, then they are being totally mismanaged, so it would be interesting to see how Iwobi played in a central position now?

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 07/04/2023 at 10:28:03

That occurred to me as well.The right flank is being targeted all the time by opposition teams.Seamus is holding up well though, but pace is the main reason they are targeting..


Iowbi did play well against Spurs.

Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 07/04/2023 at 10:43:22
In the cup game, it was that ‘dirty horrible - even just to look at’ Fernandez, who was causing us problems by running into the spaces down the sides, but hopefully tomorrow we play deep and compact, just as long as we become a threat on the counter, when we have the ball.

Doucouré has been the one player, who has constantly broke forward, so if we are to be competitive tomorrow, I think we need to find somebody else who can do a similar job?

Alan McGuffog
16 Posted 07/04/2023 at 11:42:02
If Garner is fit and doesn't get a start, would someone, please, explain why we wouldn't get shut ? Him or Tom...hmmm
David Bromwell
17 Posted 07/04/2023 at 12:03:56
We will certainly miss Doucoure's energy and physicality and we don't have a like for like replacement. We do have, however, options with Garner, Simms and Patterson who all have exciting potential. But I believe the Manager will go with Davies, who has been his top substitute selection. We all know that Tom's career has faltered after a promising start, remember he has actually captained the side in the past. If he plays I just hope he cuts out the silly fouls, we know he can pick a pass, has quick feet and is brave, and if he can just concentrate and follow his managers instructions he might earn himself a longer stay in the side.
Fran Mitchell
18 Posted 07/04/2023 at 12:43:22
has to be Garner for me, give him an hour then Davies (or a more attacking move depending on the score).

Man Utd are very dependent on Rashford, and he's one of the best players in the league on current form. Coleman can certainly do a job on him - he's done so recently with Martinelli and Mbappe among others, but he will need Iwobi's running and support work to not be left exposed.

Would like to see Simms start, but arguably, he'll be better suited to coming off the bench again. And it could be seen as unfair to start him away at old Trafford, after his only other start being at Anfield. So expect the same team, with Garner in for Doucoure.

it would be a great point, and a point should keep us out of the relegation zone. but a scrappy 1-0 would be absolutely marvellous.

Lee Courtliff
19 Posted 07/04/2023 at 13:01:58
Why anyone would pick Davies over Garner, I have no idea!!!

Do we really want to watch the same old players putting in the same substandard performances? Tom has had his chance (many chances) whereas Garner hasn't. Of the 2, there is no debate in my mind.

I do quite like the idea of Patterson playing wide right, as I clearly remember how good Seamus was in that position when he was learning his trade. So good, in fact, that was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award back in the 2010/11 season.

Mike Corcoran
20 Posted 07/04/2023 at 13:04:14
If Garner is 90 mins ready then it has to be him. He looks a cracking all round midfielder. There’ll be no tactical tinkering, Same as usual for the rest of em.
Garry Martin
21 Posted 07/04/2023 at 13:44:32
Has to be Garner, he'll have picked up a few ideas about what makes united tick, also, I believe Garner offers a lot more skill and tactical nouse than Davies. Also as a previous comment stated, Davies has had enough chances to shine.
Dale Self
22 Posted 07/04/2023 at 14:35:15
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dyche switch the system. I like the idea of Iwobi in the middle and Patterson wide but that is a drastic change. Gana has been steady since Arsenal and Garner is up for it at his old club. Can Gray create enough space with his runs to unsettle their back line? I don’t doubt Iwobi could work some magic but he will be well attended by defenders and so spacing will be crucial.

I don’t think we’ve spent much training time on a different approach so this will be a test of Dyche’s command of team dynamics and the players commitment to the plan. If Garner and Gana can force their forwards wide for possession I think we can defend the box from the air well. I like our chances and I don’t think we’ll be in our half most of the match. The midfield will not be surrendered but we could get overrun at times. Tark and Keane will have to snuff out a few. UTFT!!!!!

John Raftery
23 Posted 07/04/2023 at 14:39:19
I’ve not seen enough of James Garner to comment on whether or not he would be a better option than Tom Davies. Presumably Sean Dyche has seen enough of him in training to know his strengths and weaknesses. I trust the manager to make the right choice.
Jay Harris
24 Posted 07/04/2023 at 14:41:28
I used to be a nervous wreck with games coming up the last couple of seasons but since Dyche came I look forward to every game now as an opportunity for points.

Having said that this will be a tough game especially without Doucoure who has been key to the tactical set up.

Garner, Davies or Simms seems to be the main topic of discussion.

Personally I think Tom Davies has rediscovered himself since Dyche came but is still no Doucoure, Garner is still relatively untested so I would give them a half each and bring Simms on late on..

Garry Martin
25 Posted 07/04/2023 at 15:33:53
Dyce's tactics and mentality, as proven since his arrival, will not allow EFC to sit in defence and hope to get a draw as with previous managers, he knows points are needed and the season is drawing to an end in Dyce I trust !
Robert Tressell
26 Posted 07/04/2023 at 16:22:29
Shame to miss our on Doucoure as he's been playing well - but I think it's noticeable that Dyche seems to find a way to make whatever First XI we put out competitive. Onana or Iwobi could play behind Gray - or the shape might be altered a bit. Might even play Maupay.

Whatever the case, I'm confident we'll create some chances which gives us a chance of points.

David West
27 Posted 07/04/2023 at 16:29:51
If we go by how Dyche uses the subs bench. I'd say he's going to use Davies and push onana into the Doucouré role. It may be Garner also. Surely a match at his old club would fire him up ?
It's the minimum disruption to the settled line up Dyche has to veer from and has given us this mini unbeaten run.

It should give onana a bit more freedom to get forward use his strength to hold it up, and he does have an element of unpredictability about him.

Cue the backlash... for onana not doing enough etc.

Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 07/04/2023 at 16:33:50
That is such a pertinent point John.

We have trust in the manager.

Made all the more impressive given the noise, circus and no show going on around him. He is focussed and keeping the players focused on what they can control.

Total respect.

Mick Davies
29 Posted 07/04/2023 at 16:37:20
I see young Tom Cannon has bagged a brace for Preston at Q.P.R. Looks a real prospect, and hopefully an important addition to our striking options next season, as we probably won't be able to buy anyone
Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 07/04/2023 at 16:51:48
I certainly do trust the manager, Danny and John, but I will confess to being disappointed if Garner doesn't get the start. I've seen enough of Tom.
Jeff Armstrong
31 Posted 07/04/2023 at 17:15:34
I’d rather see Simms get the start, Gray up top is a waste of time, I’d rather he dropped back and we have a target man to hit, as we’re no longer dicking about at the back and Pickford is hitting it long now, we need a big strong lad up front to hold it up , Simms can do that.
Mark Ryan
33 Posted 07/04/2023 at 17:42:24
Watching them in training, there's clearly not a lot wrong with DCL other than match fitness. He's sprinting turning, kicking the ball. Good to see. I hope Ellis gets a start
Brian Wilkinson
34 Posted 07/04/2023 at 20:28:29
Mark, I reckon Dyche is targeting Calvert-Lewin for the Fulham and Palace games.

If we can get him in for those two games, then anything else is a bonus.

Paul Birmingham
35 Posted 07/04/2023 at 20:36:53
For me, tomorrow I'm convinced Everton will turn up and I'm really hoping, like all of us, Everton turn them over. Let Ten Haag & Co worry about Everton.

Everton, keep the focus of late and I think tomorrow is a good chance to pick up a result at Old Trafford, at least a point and hopefully more.

Play Iwobi in a 10, and bring in Garner for Doucouré, and hopefully Garner, aside to proving a point, will bring some shooting options from outside the box. Tom Davies, if picked, will not let Everton down but I believe Garner will have some scores to prove in the right way… on the Park.

10 years since Rom's piercing pass to the back post for Oviedo Baby to score the last winner there for Everton, at a ground where, from the Iate '70s to early '90s, Everton did well.

It's as tight at the bottom half of this table as it's ever been.

Tomorrow and an Easter rising for Everton in the early kick-off.


Jim Wilson
36 Posted 07/04/2023 at 21:11:04
Stand by for the worst refereeing you've seen all season tomorrow.

Everton hater Micheal Oliver is in charge at a ground where we get nothing.

Our sleeping board didn't complain about him being the VAR last week so the Premier League have asked him to give Man Utd a leg up tomorrow. The slightest mistimed tackle from one of our players and they will see red.

Tony Abrahams
37 Posted 07/04/2023 at 21:33:26
People will say you have got paranoia Jim, but I’m sure I can help you dig up some of his previous mate, because I wouldn’t have to look that far!
Paul Birmingham
38 Posted 07/04/2023 at 22:04:42
Jim, thanks for the heads up on the referee.

Dyche, I’d like to believe and Evertonians, will use reverse psyche, tomorrow.

Out play United, and if he plays, the Rat Man - Fernandez, the snidest dirty rat in football terms, in modern times, of the last 4 years, play him off, at his own shit house wind up game.

He’s a good player, but is more interested in winning a victory, by shit tricks, as increasingly used by Harry Kane...

I think this game is set for Everton, but hopefully it won’t end up like the Cup game in 1983, which was hard to take. I’ve seen Everton do very well and win well, but seen some very heavy losses since the early 90s..

Matt Busy passed and a great football, person and Everton paid great homage that day in 1994, at sold Traffird, but forgot they had to play a football match.

Tomorrow, Everton, will turn up.

Everton, can do the business tomorrow, and I wish I was going, but opportunity counts, and handover to my lad, who will be doing his best, tomorrow.

Talking about, Brougham Terrace,Registry Office, it covered me, Liverpool North -Walton.

West Derby Road, some good friends, once upon a time, resided close by, RIP.

But, West Derby Road L6, reminds me of the greatest night club, that was, not too far down the road.

Greatest days of youth, forget Lemon Popsicle and Porkies, and any thing else preceding almost 100 years, in the life time it was there.

That’s another story.

Tomorrow counts, and to win at Old Trafford, and at least get a draw.

The past is the past, great memories of Everton, and if I win the lottery, the coffee shop, now, once, Sams Bar, will get bought and become an Everton stop over bar on the way, to and from BMD, - via the Old Hall Street to the BMD, route.

But that’s another day. Dream on...lol.

“Whats Our Name?”


Lyndon Lloyd
39 Posted 07/04/2023 at 22:18:23
Henrik (1), the predicted line-up would have Iwobi as RM where he has been playing as I don't think Dyche will want to lose the protection that Iwobi provides Coleman, especially against United.

The more I think about it, the less I think Simms will actually start but it's going to be interesting to see what the manager does

Paul Kernot
40 Posted 07/04/2023 at 22:39:25
Most of this thread has referred to Garner or Davies, and their main threats being Rashford and Fernandez. Since his 4 goals in the last 2 Scotland games, McTominay seems to be fizzing with confidence. I think we'll need to be very aware of him doing what Docoure's been doing for us recently.
Danny O’Neill
41 Posted 07/04/2023 at 23:07:36
I really don't care who walks onto that pitch tomorrow.

Once they do, and whoever they are, they get my full support. As they will of the yet again sold out away section.

I'm travelling tomorrow and hope to meet with some of you.

If I don't, I wish you a safe journey and a successful trip.

If I don't catch you tomorrow, I'll see you at Fulham home.

Mike Gaynes
42 Posted 07/04/2023 at 23:18:42
After a week in which my family was finally reunited and Trump got arrested, how can we possibly lose at OT?
Laurie Hartley
44 Posted 07/04/2023 at 23:55:05
Doucoure has Ben playing really well under Dyche. It’s his run inning and fight that we will miss most.

I would play Mykolenko at left back, push Ben Godfrey into defensive midfield, and push Onana further forward to replace Doucoure. If we win the physical battle we can definitely get a result.

Up the Blues!!!

Si Cooper
45 Posted 08/04/2023 at 02:50:45
I think we can actually stand to lose this game if it teaches the manager a bit more about his options although obviously I'd prefer three points. A good game for James Garner to be motivated to showcase his ability and to free Onana to perform the Doucoure loose cannon (in a good way) role?
I'd be happy to stick with Godfrey at left back as Mykolenko looks shaky and low on confidence at the moment; it wouldn't be unreasonable for him to be constantly stressed if people he knows are fighting for their homes / lives.

I don't know whether Seamus is buzzing or shattered at the moment. Generally I'd have no problem with Patterson starting but he has had so little game time he could be over excited.

United are still Jekyll and Hyde so the result is very much up in the air. Just don't go defensive and let them dominate us.


Ernie Baywood
46 Posted 08/04/2023 at 05:22:28
Can't see Dyche sacrificing some of the things that have been working. Iwobi probably is the natural option in midfield but we don't have an alternative to him out wide who will put in the same defensive shift.

I like Garner and want to see more of him, but I'm not convinced he's the replacement for Doucoure's industry.

Likewise I like the idea of Simms playing with Gray in a free role. But again, we lose a bit of industry.

I think it will be Davies. And I doubt he'll move Onana further forward.

Jerome Shields
47 Posted 08/04/2023 at 07:32:33
On reflection I think Davies will start as David #17 says he is Dyche's top substitute and I am sure the same attention to detail, a Dyche trademark, has been put into his preparation.Particularly regarding retaining possession, Though Doucoure could also improve in that area.Garner would then move into the Top Sub role.I think Patterson may play a role of the Subs bench.Dyche a devotee of stats will be aware of the right flank being targeted and may want to mix it up a bit.I

Mike #42

Glad it has been a good week regarding your family being reunited, but some people like being arrested.

Danny Baily
48 Posted 08/04/2023 at 08:24:22
Just read the match report from our last encounter at Old Trafford. What a tale of woe and misery it's been since then!

And I'd put Davies in for Doucoure, same set up.

Danny Baily
49 Posted 08/04/2023 at 08:31:04
Lyndon 39, it's interesting that you think Iwobi has protected Seamus. From what I've seen, Iwobi has been instructed to very quickly close down the opposition in their own half, leaving Seamus isolated.
Jerome Shields
50 Posted 08/04/2023 at 09:02:50

That right flank is being targeted.But Seamus has done ok so far.

Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 08/04/2023 at 09:18:41
On my way.

Difficult due to train disruptions.

I have to go to Leicester then to Nuneaton before getting a train to Picadilly.

The train police tried to stop me getting on saying the train was full.

Totally ignored them and walked towards the train.

Despite their shouts, and running after me, the steward opened the door for me and I got on. One tried to grab me. I politely told him not to do that.

You're not stopping me.

Duncan McDine
52 Posted 08/04/2023 at 09:54:17
I’ve never come across anyone who makes seemingly mundane experiences sound like a Denzel Washington movie. Good for you Danny!

Hopefully Dyche will yet again setup the team to be, at the very least, competitive and ‘in the game’. COYB

Jerome Shields
53 Posted 08/04/2023 at 10:01:47
Danny #51

The Steward either is a Evertonian or sympathetic.

Eric Haworth
54 Posted 08/04/2023 at 10:14:07
Danny #49 I would agree, it’s clear our right side is being targeted, but I would go further in saying that Seamus has been more than ok, I think he’s been outstanding, given he’s been hung out to dry by Iwobi, who has his critics & rightly so.

There is no disguising his application & I think it’s the reason us fans cut him so much slack. Also, he’s probably one of the most naturally gifted players in the squad, which I think was endorsed by Conor Coady.

But what he’s lacking, has cost us dearly on several occasions & that’s a) he has no sense of danger & allows opposition to overload that area, leaving Seamus repeatedly exposed & I think it’s this, & not any failings on Seamus’s part that’s being exploited & I’d love a pound for every time I’ve seen him standing outside the box as an “observer” in empty space, marking nobody, watching a goal go in down that side?

And b) Compounding this, he wants no part of physical contact. His idea of closing down when he does track a man, is to stop 2m away from him & not pressure either the man or the ball in the slightest & don’t get me started on 50/50 balls. So in my mind, that’s why opposition are overloading this area & dropping balls in behind Iwobi & target Seamus, because of the sheer space & lack of physical cover that exists.

Hans Fyhrqvist
55 Posted 08/04/2023 at 10:38:17
I would also like to see Ellis Simms starting for Everton against United. Imo we need a big striker up-front who is good in the air and is better equipped to the hold up play. When Dominic Calvert-Lewin is again available, hopefully in the Fulham game, we have then two alternatives for our centre-forward position. I would also put Alex Iwobi in the centre midfield and Demarai Gray on the wing.

We all know this is a very difficult away match, nevertheless imo Everton should go in this encounter with a positive mindset. If you play only for a draw, you will more likely lose. Go for a win with real intention, and you will more probably get at least a draw. Good luck for the Blues!

Danny Baily
56 Posted 08/04/2023 at 10:55:23
I'd stick with Gray up top for this one. This is precisely the type of game where his pace and technical ability on the break could lead to a goal or two. Simms will give us an option to mix it up late on.
Ian Edwards
57 Posted 08/04/2023 at 11:25:19
So... it's Simms up front. Iwobi pushed inside and Gary wide right
Danny O’Neill
58 Posted 08/04/2023 at 11:26:14
Duncan, Jerome,

I told them that thet can't sell me a ticket and not let me on the train.

Words to that effect. Maybe a bit more colourful.

In with the home supporters today so on my best behaviour. Thank you Matty. I'll be good.

God knows what convoluted route back to London I'll need to take with all the engineering works on the rail network, but lets focus on the match and the points.

I can figure that out later.

Derek Knox
59 Posted 08/04/2023 at 11:45:55
Full marks Danny for determination and being a 100% Evertonian, that goes to all Blues travelling fans. I feel good about this game today, but there again, I say that every week, if we continue to play like we have been doing, and especially against Spurs second half, we will be Gloria Gaynor's iconic song (even though it is for those with gender challenges, and defeats) !

Good to see Ellis given a chance up front, let's hope he makes it impossible to be dropped for the remaining games, pity Garner didn't come in for Doucoure, as I thought he looked well capable when he came on against Spurs. If subs are needed for change in midfield get's hope he gets the nod over the Gravy Train Stowaway Bette (Harpo Marx) Davies.

Si Cooper
60 Posted 08/04/2023 at 11:56:58
I’ve never heard of a train being so full they actually try to stop you boarding it. Thought the general rule was if you can cram yourself in and the door can shut then it’s good to go?
I presume if the steward opened the door there was actually some room so what’s the drive behind plod’s interference? Couple of power-crazed Mancs trying to lord it over a scouser? Hopefully a little precursor of what’s to come. Michael Oliver being fair and even-handed to us for a change?
Come on you Danny! UTFT!

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