Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Everton

The Liverpool FC legend believes Manchester United will beat Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will edge to a 2-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils have the chance to make a swift return to winning ways this weekend when Everton make the short trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

Manchester United lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night in what was a worryingly poor performance from Jose Mourinho’s side in front of their home supporters.

The Serie A title holders thoroughly outclassed the Premier League side thanks to Paulo Dybala’s first-half winner at Old Trafford to extend their winless run to two games in the Champions League.

The 20-time English champions have only managed to win of their last seven games in all competitions, with their sole triumph a 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford earlier this month.

Everton were 2-0 winners against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon to secure their fourth Premier League win of the campaign.

The Toffees lost 2-0 to Arsenal in their only trip to a team in the top five in the current Premier League game under new boss Marco Silva.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to secure a much-needed win over Everton to rebuild some momentum after their mid-week disappointment.

“Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho came out after Tuesday’s defeat by Juventus and was talking about how good the Italian champions are,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Juve do look a very good team but you have to remember that Mourinho is in his third season as United boss, and he has spent an awful lot of money – so you have to ask why Juve were so much better.”

Lawrenson added: “It was not a surprising result, though. I would not say United are going from crisis to crisis because they are going to win some games, but you always feel there is a match around the corner where they are second best, like the Juve one.

“I do think they will beat Everton, though. Romelu Lukaku has not been playing well and has not managed a goal in his past eight games but it is amazing how often players in similar situations find the net against their former club.

“A defeat at Old Trafford would not be a disaster for Everton, who have won their past three matches.

“I was impressed by what Toffees boss Marco Silva said after they had beaten Crystal Palace, when he talked about changing the game with his substitutes.

“It is something the top six clubs have the ability to do with the strength in depth in their squads, and it would be great for Everton if they can do it on a regular basis, when they have to.”

Manchester United have only beaten Leicester City, Burnley, Watford and Chelsea FC in the Premier League this season.

Jose Mourinho’s side slumped to a 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second fixture of the season before a surprise 3-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in August.

Manchester United lost 3-1 to West Ham United at the London Stadium in September to prompt speculation about Mourinho’s future, but a 3-2 win over Newcastle has eased some of the pressure on the Portugese head coach.

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