Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Manchester United
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted a comfortable victory for Manchester United against Everton on Tuesday evening.
The Toffees are currently preparing to travel to Old Trafford in a tough run of fixtures which has just seen them fall to a 3-1 defeat against close rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
The Merseysiders have already met Jose Mourinho’s this season and a late Leighton Baines penalty at Goodison Park was needed to cancel out a Zlatan Ibrahimovic effort in the 1-1 draw.
But, this time around Lawrenson believes United will find it easier and he has predicted a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils with Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera likely to return.
“Manchester United did not have enough about them to break West Brom down at the weekend but I think they will beat Everton,” told Lawrenson to the BBC Sport website.
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“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back from suspension and Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera could be fit, so the big boys may be back for United. If they are, they will make a difference.
“As for Everton, well they were really poor defensively in the Merseyside derby on Saturday – it is a long time since I’ve seen Liverpool’s front three given so much space to play.
“I am not really sure what Ronald Koeman’s game plan was at Anfield – they never got close to a defensive shut-out, and they did not pose much of an attacking threat either.
“That is why Everton were cut open so easily and, if they play like that again on Tuesday, it will happen at Old Trafford too.”
Everton have a poor recent record against their Tuesday opponents with just one win coming from their last six meetings.
However, with the end of the season nearing they will be gunning to change that record as Ronald Koeman aims to help his side into a top six finish.
There is currently just three points separating the Toffees from United in fifth place, but Mourinho’s team still have two games in hand over the Merseyside club.