Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Louis van Gaal in the past week, but the Manchester United fans will continue their hostility towards their manager without a fourth consecutive home win against Everton on Sunday.
They’ll face another disappointed fanbase. Roberto Martinez’s side has been consistently pulled along by Romelu Lukaku, linked with United earlier this week, and Ross Barkley. Their defensive qualities are lacking, and United will hope to exploit that with an in-form trio of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Van Gaal confirmed that Luke Shaw will return to training alongside a physio in the next week, having been out since September 2015 with a double leg break, suffered against PSV Eindhoven.
Captain Wayne Rooney will play in the under-21s soon before returning to first team action. Their England teammate Phil Jones is a doubt having had on-off injuries throughout the last two seasons.
Ander Herrera and Ashley Young are set to come back for United in two weeks, but won’t make Sunday’s game with knee and groin injuries respectively.
Young striker Will Keane remains out with a pelvis injury, suffered just moments after coming on as a substitute against Shrewsbury Town for his first appearance in four years.
Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered a knee injury, similar to Rooney’s, that could rule him out of this summer’s European Championships in France.
United have won their last three games at Old Trafford in the Premier League but their form in all competitions is woeful.
In the UEFA Europa League against rivals Liverpool, they were outclassed and the effort on the pitch was embarrassing.
Meanwhile, only a late Martial equaliser thanks to an unseen foul on the West Ham United goalkeeper could see United get a replay against the Hammers in the FA Cup.
Yet after a derby win against Manchester City, confidence can be high and a win against Everton, often a bogey team for United, will further boost that as the Reds look to nab an unlikely Champions League spot.