Everton against Manchester United is always an interesting fixture, as it’s the one against the top sides that has really gone either way over the years.
There have been some excellent fixtures in recent years, none more so than the 4-4 epic back in 2012.
Looking back at that team, it really brings back nice memories, as even if it was only seven years ago, that team is now so unfamiliar.
Sylvain Distin, Johnny Heitinga, Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar, Denis Stracqualursi, Nikica Jelavic and of course Tim Cahill all featured in the 18-man squad.
That was a matchday 18 filled with immense character and charm; we remember all of those players, for different reasons. Many of them were great for Everton, regardless of how long they were here for.
We seem to be getting back to a place similar to that, with Mr Brands’ acquisitions, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Here’s how we think Marco Silva could line-up his side for Sunday’s fixture against Manchester United:
GK - Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford will have competition next season. Joao Virginia seems to be an excellent young goalkeeper, and while I still believe we need to sign another, he may be a surprise package come 2020.
RB - Seamus Coleman
We expect Coleman to make his fifth start on the bounce for the Toffees on Sunday.
CB - Michael Keane
Michael Keane is probably going to be a key part of Everton’s backline next season, which is an incredible statement given his precarious position this time last year, when plenty of us were sick of the sight of him.
He’s turned his career around and should absolutely be praised for it.
CB - Kurt Zouma
Kurt will be a very hard buy in the summer. As much as I’d love to see him back in the proper Blue permanently, I’d hold no hard feelings to either him or Chelsea.
I trust Mr Brands to sort a proper replacement if we can’t sign him.
LB - Lucas Digne
Signings like Lucas Digne make me very excited about the future at Everton. He is a model professional, and a superb player to boot.
CM - Idrissa Gana Gueye
With Andre Gomes out for a few games, Gana will have a new partner. He has struggled with the other midfielders at the club at developing a proper partnership, so it will be an interesting test.
CM - Tom Davies
Tom Davies could come back into the team after his last spell, where he was definitely enjoying a purple patch. While it is unfortunate that this comes at the hands of a Gomes mistake, it is a real chance for the youngster to stake a claim.
AM - Gylfi Sigurdsson
The front four are settled in for now, but that doesn’t mean they each have something to play for.
Gylfi’s purpose is to ensure his immediate future in the first team rotation with the Blues, as he has shown brilliance and cluelessness (and everything inbetween) this campaign.
LW - Bernard
Bernard has to play to show that he can maintain good form. He, like Gylfi, has shown glimpses of excellence this year, but they have come dotted rather than consistently.
He is a magical player on his day, we just need to see it more.
RW - Richarlison
Richarlison needs to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s best.
There is no doubt that he is our spark, our wildcard. He is an explosive player that is attracting Europe’s best, he just needs to take on that mantle.
Make games his own like the Hazard’s and De Bruyne’s of the league.
ST - Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dom is the one with the most to prove.
He is absolutely good enough to be an Everton star for the next decade, but he needs to be better than good enough.
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