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Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Friday, February 5.

Injury update

Edinson Cavani is available for United‘s Premier League fixture with Everton but Eric Bailly is a doubt.

Cavani came off at half-time in the 9-0 thrashing of Southampton on Tuesday night with an ankle injury but was pictured in training on Thursday. Bailly was an unused substitute in midweek, having missed the recent visits of Liverpool and Sheffield United.

“Edinson should be available, yeah, definitely,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “He got a bad ankle knock. Eric is a doubt, apart from that everyone’s raring to go.”

All four of United’s league defeats this season have come at Old Trafford and Everton have won their last four away league games for the first time since December 1985.

United have only lost to Everton at home twice in the Premier League era – in 1992 and 2013 – but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are just four points off fourth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.

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Wan-Bissaka’s ultimate goal

Aaron Wan-Bissaka says winning the Premier League is the ultimate target during his time at United.

The 23-year-old defender has played a key role for United in their unlikely title bid this season, solidifying himself as one of the first names on the team sheet for Solskjaer.

Wan-Bissaka endured a difficult start to the campaign, but has turned his fortunes around with a steady run of performances at right-back.

One of his best displays came in midweek as he netted the opening goal in United’s 9-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford – a win which put United back on track in the Premier League.

United remain behind leaders Manchester City in the standings but Wan-Bissaka has been delighted by the response his side have given following a shock defeat to Sheffield United last week.

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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.

The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.

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Maguire hails duo

Harry Maguire believes the complete performances of Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have been a huge factor in United’s recent run of form.

Solskjaer’s side currently sit second in the Premier League, just three points behind leaders Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.

Having suffered a shock defeat to Sheffield United and drawn with Arsenal last week many feared the wheels could come off United’s unlikely title challenge, however they responded in style by thrashing Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday night.

United’s ruthless attacking play against Saints received huge praise however it is the back-to-back clean sheets which will probably delight Maguire the most.

The United captain hailed Shaw and Wan-Bissaka for their excellent attacking contributions in midweek, but is best pleased with the solidity they provide in defence.

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