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Solskjaer has helped make United a force once again, says Silva

 

Marco Silva
Marco Silva

By Ian Parker

Everton boss Marco Silva believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made a major impact since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United.

Silva's side go into tomorrow's Goodison Park clash smarting from their 2-0 defeat at relegated Fulham last weekend which threatens to end their season on a low note.

But Silva believes the visit from United will provide a timely challenge for his Toffees - and a very different one to that posed by Mourinho's line-up which edged a 2-1 win in October.

Silva said: "We have big respect for Manchester United, but if we can reach the level we have reached in our last three home games it will be really tough for them.

"They are different coaches and different formations, because with Solskjaer they are changing many times, and not just playing with one system or one formation.

"They have quality players and they can play with six or seven different players in the attack line.

"They have shown us why they have high quality, but I am 100 per cent sure we can make it tough for them."

Silva will still be without Colombian defender Yerry Mina, who returned from international duty with a minor injury and will need another week before he resumes full training.

Morgan Schneiderlin is ready to return after an ankle injury, but Andre Gomes starts the first of a three-match suspension after accepting a charge of violent conduct arising from the defeat at Craven Cottage.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to be in the line-up despite suffering an injury issue in training this week.

"Gylfi had a small issue during the week and (then) worked with the team. He will be able to play for sure, but we'll see how he reacts to the sessions," said Silva.

"We always have the possibility as a team to play with a two-one in the middle zone or with a one-two. But we always have a solution, even if the profile of player will be different to Andre."

United could welcome two key men back into the fold at Goodison Park, in Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic.

Sanchez has not played a Premier League game since suffering a knee injury in the 3-2 victory against Southampton at the beginning of last month.

But he did make a brief cameo appearance as a substitute in the Champions League exit against Barcelona on Tuesday night.

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