Manchester United’s recent standout victories vs Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City made it five Premier League (PL) games undefeated (W3, D2). They netted 2+ goals in all five of those matches, highlighting their growing attacking prowess. Additionally, they scored a combined five goals inside the opening 30 minutes across that five-game sequence.
Whilst scoring early goals has been a recent theme for the ‘Red Devils’, they often counter this by conceding late. So far this season, they have conceded 68.42% of their PL goals in the second half. Notably, they have conceded a goal between the 60th and 75th minute in two of their previous three PL home matches.
Everton ended a three-game winless run (L3) last weekend by defeating Chelsea 3-1. Despite the win, that result made it seven consecutive PL games without a clean sheet for the ‘Toffees’. Furthermore, five of the games during that run saw them concede at least once in the final 30 minutes of the match.
Whilst interim manager Duncan Ferguson will be boosted by his side’s victory last week, Everton’s record of no win in five PL visits to Old Trafford will be a concern (D1, L4). Three of those fixtures saw them concede 2+ goals.
Players to watch: Marcus Rashford (MUN) is in blistering form having netted 13 goals across his previous 14 competitive appearances for club and country.
After his brace last week, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) has seven goals across all competitions this season – four of those goals arrived in away fixtures.
Stat attack: Manchester United have scored 44% of their PL goals in the opening 30 minutes.
Manchester United have led at half-time in 56.25% of their PL matches.
Everton have scored the opening goal in two of their previous three PL away matches.
Both teams have scored in just three of the previous 14 PL H2H fixtures.
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Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)
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