Man United vs Everton Live Football Match Score 6/1/2023
Manchester United transfer news LIVE and Everton team news as Man Utd complete first January signing Manchester United return to cup competition today as they take on Everton. United are in great form since the resumption of club football having won four games out of four without even conceding a goal. That form has since them rise to fourth in the Premier League but attentions now turn to the FA Cup. Erik ten Hag is aiming to end United’s six-year wait for a trophy this season and his side can advance to the fourth round if they defeat a struggling Toffees, who were hammered 4-1 by Brighton earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Jack Butland was scheduled to have a medical on Thursday and complete his loan move to Old Trafford. United have moved swiftly to sign goalkeeper Butland on loan for the rest of the season from Crystal Palace after Martin Dubravka was recalled by Newcastle on Sunday. It seems like Donny van de Beek can never catch a break. The Dutchman’s struggles since joining Manchester United have been well documented, and just when it looked like he had begun to turn a corner, he ended up going around in circles once again. Van de Beek was handed a surprise start for United in their win over Bournemouth in midweek and gradually grew into the match after a shaky start as he caught up with the pace of proceedings.
Then disaster struck. A freak injury saw Marcos Senesi slip as he battled to win back the ball, with the stumbling midfielder following through heavily on Van de Beek’s knee. At first, it didn’t look so bad, but there were grimaces when replays were shown in the press box. It is remarkable that the 25-year-old managed to hobble off the pitch as the adrenaline took over when a stretcher might have been more advisable. Bruno Fernandes has captained United for the majority of the season in the absence of club skipper Harry Maguire, and Erik ten Hag has explained why.
The Dutchman lauded the midfielder for the example he sets for his teammates – praising his energy and ability to deliver in transition. Speaking to club media ahead of the FA Cup clash against Everton, Ten Hag said: “He’s so good in transition, both ways, and that’s one of the key elements in today’s football. He’s so good in it and he gives so much quality in that part of the game. The team’s really happy with him and I’m really happy with him.” Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has suggested that United “can’t afford” the £19m needed to sign Joao Felix on loan until the end of the season. Felix has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as he looks to leave Atletico Madrid, but the Reds are likely to look at the loan market if they are to recruit a new forward following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
United’s last two trophies came during Jose Mourinho’s tenure as manager with the club lifting the EFL Cup and the Europa League during the 2016-17 campaign. Since then the 20-time English champions have finished second in the Premier League twice, reached an FA Cup final and a further Europa League final without adding to their trophy collection. Ten Hag was tasked with a major rebuilding job and to restore former glories when he arrived at the club last summer. “We are where we want to be but still go from game to game, we play in many competitions, focus from game to game and don’t think too far ahead,” added the United manager. “We push the players because good is not good enough, also in the organisation we have to push each other and when there are opportunities at the top you have to be ready for that.”
Meanwhile, Everton manager Frank Lampard will be hoping for some welcome respite from their perilous Premier League situation when they travel to Old Trafford. “The FA Cup is a competition of pride for Everton in its history and for me in my history,” said Lampard, who won it four times as a player with Chelsea. “I give it the same importance. It’s a different competition but on the back of the feeling after Brighton [4-1 loss at home], whether it was three points or next round in the FA Cup on the cards, we have to approach it in exactly the same way.”
French forward Anthony Martial is available after coming off with a knock in United’s 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Tuesday, while Brazil forward Anthony could be in contention to play after returning to training following an injury. Midfielder Scott McTominay may also come into Ten Hag’s side, however Donny van de Beek is out after sustaining a knee injury against the Cherries. Anthony Gordon remains a doubt for Everton because of illness but Yerry Mina has recovered, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin must also be assessed after suffering with fatigue. Blues full-back Nathan Patterson has also been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury but midfielder Amadou Onana is available after serving a one-match suspension during Tuesday’s home defeat by Brighton.