Carlo Ancelotti says Everton ‘have an advantage’ ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United… with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having less than three days to recover from Istanbul Basaksehir humiliation
- Manchester United failed in their attempts to reschedule their game at Everton
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side landed on Thursday and face Everton on Saturday
- The 12.30pm kick-off means United have little time to recover and go again
- Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti feels his side do have a distinct physical advantage
Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton head into Saturday’s meeting with Manchester United with a distinct advantage over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s beleaguered side.
United, who were humiliated on Wednesday night in defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, had tried to get the game at Goodison Park pushed back.
The 12:30pm kick-off gives Solskjaer and his players little turnaround time from the defeat in Istanbul and for Ancelotti, his side unquestionably hold a physical advantage.
Manchester United have two days to recover from a shock defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his players can physically take advantage of United
‘The top teams have a really, really big schedule so it is really difficult for them,’ Ancelotti said on Thursday.
‘So we can take advantage of this on a physical aspect, above all.
‘I think we did better when we had games every three days. But from a physical point of view, we have an advantage for sure.’
Pressure is mounting on Solskjaer following the defeat by Basaksehir and he currently leads the Premier League sack race after odds shortened on his departure.
Donny van de Beek and Co looked leggy in the Champions League and face Everton next up
Pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) as he now leads the sack race odds
The Manchester Evening News went further to reveal that United have contacted Mauricio Pochettino’s representatives.
It has been reported previously that former Tottenham boss Pochettino is keen to manage United at some point and that stance is not believed to have changed.
United’s players looked at sea in Istanbul, torn about defensively and a number of the important stars, such as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, looked fatigued which is a concern ahead of facing a refreshed Everton.
Both sides are in desperate need of a victory after recent runs of defeat.
Everton are winless in their last three league games, losing the last two to Southampton and Newcastle, while United lost 1-0 to Arsenal prior to their midweek slump in Istanbul.
Everton are winless in three league games and will eye further punishment for United’s squad
United are sat 15th, four points above the relegation zone after six games, and know that, depending on results elsewhere, defeat could see them drop as low as 17th by the end of the weekend.
But when quizzed on his future amid links to Pochettino, Solskjaer refused to be drawn on Wednesday night.
‘Of course, it’s early on and opinions are out there all the time,’ he said.
‘You’ve got to stay strong. I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with my staff.’
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