Manchester United face a struggling Everton side in the Premier League on Saturday as they continue their hunt for a top four spot.
After just one win in their last four Premier League games, United’s top-four hopes seem to be slowly fading away. Currently sat in seventh, Ralf Rangnick’s side are three points behind Spurs in fourth place, and nothing but victory on Saturday will be good enough for United.
The last meeting between the two sides saw United held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by Everton, with Anthony Martial scoring. But, much has changed since then, with the Toffees plummeting down the table to the point where they’re currently mired in a relegation battle.
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After suffering from illness, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to the squad on Saturday and start up-front. But Rangnick confirmed that Luke Shaw, Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay will all be absent, meaning changes to the side.
So, what line-ups will both teams select? And, what could the final score be? To find out, we used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for the Everton versus United on Saturday. This is what happened…
Everton vs Man United score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Everton could set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Kenny; Gordon, Allan, Doucoure, Iwobi; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
We predict that United could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fernandes, Fred, Pogba; RashfordRonaldo, Sancho.
With the home crowd behind them, Everton started the game on top, with Anthony Gordon causing United trouble on the right-flank. Everton’s best chance of the first-half came through the creativity of Gordon, but David De Gea made a vital save to keep United level.
As Gordon received the ball on the right, the winger waited for Alex Telles to commit himself before tapping the ball around the Brazilian and charging down on goal. I found Richarlison’s run off the shoulder of the United defense, but the striker’s near-post strike was smothered well by De Gea.
It took until the half-hour mark for United to register their first shot of the game, with Rangnick’s side looking sluggish in the opening half-hour. Ronaldo tried his luck on two occasions as he tested Jordan Pickford, and United did eventually find the opener not long before halftime through Jadon Sancho.
Michael Keane’s attempted clearance failed to find his intended target, with Fred doing well to read the play and intercept the ball. Inside his half, the Brazilian threaded Sancho through on goal, and the winger caught the Toffees off guard as he fired a first time effort over the ‘keeper and into the top corner. It was a sublime effort from Sancho, with the winger looking United’s most dangerous asset all afternoon. In the second half, Sancho beat his man on multiple occasions to fire a cross into the box, but some lackluster finishing from United saw them fail to add to their lead.
As the game entered the closing stages, both sides made a number of substitutions to try and sway the game in their favour. Jesse Lingard came on for United, and he thought he had netted United’s second before the linesman’s flag was raised.
A bursting run into the box from Paul Pogba was found by Bruno Fernandes with a lofted through ball, and as the Frenchman went one-on-one with Pickford, he opted to square the ball to Lingard on his right who swept into an empty net . Unfortunately, Lingard was ahead of Pogba when he received the ball, and the goal was chalked off.
Everton almost grabbed a late equalizer as Salomon Rondon broke through the United defense and went one-on-one with De Gea, but a lack of composure saw the striker drag his effort wide of goal. The full-time whistle blew not long after as United left Merseyside with three points.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Everton 0-1 Man United
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that despite a lackluster opening half an hour, a moment of magic from Jadon Sancho could hand United the decisive goal in the match, with Rangnick’s side beating Everton 1-0. A victory keeps United on the tail of Spurs in fourth, whilst Everton could continue to struggle in their bid for Premier League safety.
What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments!
FIFA 22 is available now on all platforms, including PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, PC and Stadia.
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