Man Utd v Everton – Old Trafford at 20:00 live on BT Sport 1
On Wednesday, Manchester United take on Everton in a pre-season friendly which also marks Wayne Rooney’s 12 years with the Red Devils. Despite being Rooney’s testimonial, the new Premier League season starts on August 13th and as a result, both managers will be taking this match seriously by putting out a full strength squad. For Mourinho, it’s the last chance his side will have to play before the Community Shield clash against Leicester City at Wembley this weekend.
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Rooney has played 520 games for Man United, scoring 245 goals in the process and now the club captain starts a new era playing under boss Jose Mourinho.
Wednesday’s game will be the Portuguese boss’s first match in charge at Old Trafford and his side come into this tie off the back of a mixed bag of results in their pre-season games to date.
After beating Wigan 2-0 in a friendly, Mourinho’s side then went on to face Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup and lost 4-1, having fielded a relatively strong side. Several eyebrows were raised as the Germans thrashed United, but Mourinho insisted in his post-match interview that he wasn’t worried and doesn’t care about the results of pre-season games.
In their most recent friendly however, United beat Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in an impressive display which saw Rooney bag a brace and Zlatan also found the net on his debut. Mata and Fellaini were the other players to get on the scoresheet, both of whom appear to have an uncertain future at the club.
On Wednesday evening Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly will no doubt all be handed their Old Trafford debuts, as United fans get their first glimpse on home soil of the new talent Mourinho has managed to acquire.
There could yet be another big name to add to that list as it seems Paul Pogba’s move from Juventus to the Red Devils is currently being finalised.
As for Everton, new boss Ronald Koeman will take charge in the away dugout and he will be looking to give some valuable minutes to Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who made his first appearance against Real Betis since his return from an extended holiday due to his involvement in Euro 2016.
The Toffees lost that game on penalties after the match finished 1-1 in normal time, with Betis being the more composed penalty takers on this occasion.
Prior to that defeat, Everton also lost 2-1 against Dresden, with Deulofeu scoring the only goal for Koeman’s side.
The last meeting between both these clubs was at Wembley in last season’s FA Cup semi-final, where the Reds won by a 2-1 scoreline courtesy of a late goal scored by Anthony Martial.
As for the result of this game, I am backing Man United to get the home win as I can’t see them losing in light of this match being Wayne Rooney’s testimonial. Everton have failed to win their last 2 pre-season games and I can see that poor run continuing; therefore I recommend backing United -0.75 as I think they’ll put several goals past the Toffees.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Manchester United -0.75 @ 1.87 with Unibet
Prices correct at time of writing.