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Manchester United vs Everton: Man Utd would be instantly improved by these two Toffees stars

Erik ten Hag, Everton, 2023/24

Manchester United face Everton in Premier League action on Sunday, with Erik ten Hag’s side looking an increasingly distant shot to finish in the Champions League spots.

The Old Trafford outfit are set to have a facelift over the summer, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to revolutionise the club both in terms of their backroom and on-field staff.

Although Everton find themselves in the relegation battle as they sit 16th in the Premier League table, the Toffees have players who could improve Erik ten Hag’s squad both in the future and instantly.

United are monitoring the progress of Jarrad Branthwaite and Amadou Onana, but there are other players at Goodison Park who would be able to provide an instant upgrade to the Old Trafford team.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and centre-back James Tarkowski are the two Everton players who would immediately go into the Man Utd starting XI, data analytics firm SciSports show.

Giving each player a SciSkill based on hundreds of in-game data points, a combined XI would be dominated by Man Utd stars with these two Everton players slotting in.

Jordan Pickford, Everton
© IMAGO – Jordan Pickford, Everton
Jordan Pickford and James Tarkowski, Everton
© IMAGO – Jordan Pickford and James Tarkowski, Everton

Pickford is rated higher than under-fire Red Devils keeper Andre Onana. The England No.1 boasts a SciSkill of 98 while his rival at Old Trafford has a score of 93.5.

Tarkowski, meanwhile, scores 97.6 at centre-back behind Raphael Varane’s 99.1 but ahead of Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez.

Branthwaite might expect to have a shout in this area but while his rating is rapidly rising after an excellent campaign, he does not match his more experienced colleague yet.

Man Utd hit by injury

Everton’s best player, according to SciSports, is left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko but Luke Shaw edges him out in this area of the field. With the England defender out this weekend, the nod for our combined XI goes to the Ukraine star.

Similarly, in attack Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the best fit centre-forward, with Rasmus Hojlund and Anthony Martial both missing for the Red Devils.

Combined Man Utd-Everton team

GK: Jordan Pickford

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

CB: Raphael Varane

CB: James Tarkowski

LB: Vitaliy Mykolenko

CDM: Casemiro

CDM: Scott McTominay

LW: Marcus Rashford

ACM: Bruno Fernandes

RW: Antony

CF: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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