Manchester United are looking to keep their top four hopes alive when they travel to Goodison Park to meet Marco Silva’s Everton this afternoon.
United’s form has dipped since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis, with five defeats in their last seven games in all competitions.
They were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in midweek, and have work to do if they want to be back in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Tottenham’s defeat at Manchester City has handed United a boost, but they must realistically win today with games against City and Chelsea still to come.
After putting pen to paper on a permanent three-year deal, the Norwegian has watched his side lose five of their last seven games in all competitions, including a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Barcelona which ended their Champions League hopes.
With United battling with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham for a top four place, Solskjaer will know there can be no more slip-ups. Fortunately, Goodison Park has been a happy hunting ground for the Red Devils in recent years.
They haven’t lost a Premier League game to the Toffees for nearly four years, a run stretching back seven games to the 3-0 defeat during Louis van Gaal’s reign in April 2015.
With three points a must today if they are to secure Champions League football, Solskjaer will be desperate for his side to get back on track and prove the club made the right decision in appointing him.