Manchester United’s recent results have completely taken the festive cheer away from the club and there is no break in sight as the Red Devils travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in what promises to be a very tough assignment.
Paul Pogba in the aftermath of their latest stalemate called for his teammates to ‘wake up’ and start winning again but a trip to Merseyside provides a very difficult task for a team low on confidence.
Their massive injury list makes the task even more difficult. Absentees for the game are close to double figures and centre forward appears to be the one position that provides the biggest selection headache for Jose Mourinho.
The injury to club leading goal scorer and former Everton star Romelu Lukaku coupled with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s niggling knee problem leaves a massive hole in the squad for the next few games.
While Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are capable of filling in at the front, their performances of late are nothing to be optimistic about as both stars have been unable to perform at the level expected of them.
Ashley Young 3 match-ban for elbowing Dusan Tadic is another big miss for the club as the 32-year old has been one of united’s better players in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, New Year’s Day clash with Everton provides an opportunity for the Manchester United players to show they are still up for a title challenge (no matter how slim their chances) and Mourinho will be looking for a great response from his team.