BBC Sport pundit gives his prediction for Everton v Man United

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Man United's trip to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screen grab)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: YouTube / Screengrab)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to bounce back to winning ways by claiming a 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to bounce back from the disappointment of suffering a 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.

That defeat has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men playing for just a top-four finish this season as the Red Devils aim to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United have struggled to find consistent form since Solskjaer was handed the job on a permanent basis last month.

The Red Devils have only managed to win three of their last five Premier League games and they head into this weekend’s round of games in sixth place in the table and two points behind fourth placed Arsenal.

However, former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to keep their top-four hopes alive by beating Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Everton’s defeat at Fulham was a strange result, and came just as they were starting to look like a much better team.

“It was probably their worst result of the season, especially if you consider the form they were in when they went into the game.

“Manchester United are not in great shape either, mind. I would back them to win at Goodison Park, but if United want to be in contention for the title again, a major overhaul of their squad is needed for next season.

“For a relatively inexperienced manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are some very big decisions to be made in the summer.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and without a trophy under Jose Mourinho.

They brought in Solskjaer as the club’s new temporary manager back in December after Mourinho was sacked.

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