Picking the Best Potential Everton Lineup to Face Manchester United on Sunday

​Everton are in much need of a positive result when they return to domestic action this weekend following a 3-0 humbling in the Europa League at the hands of Atalanta.

That result followed back-to-back Premier League defeats and Ronald Koeman will know his team are in for another potentially rough afternoon when they face top-of-table Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Here's a look at the starting XI the manager could pick...


  • Pickford

​It has been almost a month since Everton last kept a clean sheet in any competition - a 2-0 win over Hajduk Split in Europa League qualifying - and Jordan Pickford will be keen to change that.

He will come back into the team after being rested on Thursday night.


  • Keane
  • Williams
  • Jagielka

​Koeman could revert to the greater stability of a back-three after opting for a more conventional flat back four in recent outings. So instead of Ashley Williams coming in for Phil Jagielka, both could play alongside Michael Keane against his former club.

Keane's £25m move from Burnley in the summer handed United a sell-on fee.


  • Holgate
  • Schneiderlin
  • Gueye
  • Baines

​Mason Holgate and Leighton Baines have been Koeman's choice at full-back and are likely to push on to fill wing-back berths if the Dutchman does change the shape after Thursday.

Morgan Schneiderlin will be keen to prove a point against his former club after a disappointing 18 months at Old Trafford, while Idrissa Gueye should be fresh after missing out in Italy.


  • Rooney
  • Sandro
  • Mirallas

​Wayne Rooney has a court date to face a drink driving charge the day after the game, but the veteran forward will be hoping that or his other personal problems don't affect his focus for what is his first return to Old Trafford since leaving United in July.

An injection of pace from Kevin Mirallas may serve Everton better in the attacking third against United's physical defensive unit.