Friday, November 20, 2009

No Rio, no loss, on current form, as Reds prepare for Everton...

United take on Everton this weekend while neighbours Manchester City face Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the day. A draw at Anfield would be the ideal result as far as the champions are concerned, but with Chelsea and Arsenal set to take on Wolves and Sunderland respectively it is vital United do not concede any more ground at the top of the table.

Not that it makes a jot of difference; Fergie has been given a reprieve from his two-game touch-line ban for the visit of Everton. As far as team news goes, United are reportedly without Rio Ferdinand until the New Year, on current form, frankly, he's no great loss. Jonny Evans will deputise in the heart of the United defence alongside a fit again Nemanja Vidic. Earlier this week the Serbian spoke to the media about his own recent form when saying his season has been affected by niggling injuries. Vidic also says United need Rio, but only when he's fully fit. Quite.

Everton will be no push-over and so United will expecting a tough game. On the domestic front at any rate, the Toffees away form has been pretty good; they won last time out away at West Ham. Assuming he's fit, which can never be certain, even when he's involved in pre-match warm-ups, no doubting Louis "sicknote" Saha will be keen to put one over on Fergie. Likewise, Tim Howard will keen to impress. The American stopper will be given a warm welcome by the home crowd, but it's likely Saha will be given a mixed reception.

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