So, 2018 is here... will it be a happy New Year for us? Let's hope so. Three successive draws over the Christmas period, the most recent of which was a home stalemate against Southampton on Saturday, made for a frustrating end to 2017. Now Manchester United are looking to get 2018 off to a positive start against Everton, whose unbeaten run under new manager Sam Allardyce came to an end with a late 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth in the final round of fixtures of the year.
How can I watch it? The game will kick off at 17:30 GMT and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK. Subscribers to MUTV on Sky or Virgin Media, the club’s MUTV app or online at MUTV.com will be able to watch build-up from 15:30 GMT on Match Day and listen to radio commentary of the game, before watching it in full at midnight. You can also keep up to date with all the action as it happens via ManUtd.com’s live rolling blog and on our official Twitter account @ManUtd.
What's the team news? Ashley Young has been banned for three games by the FA after accepting a charge of violent conduct. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be out for a month with a knee problem and Romelu Lukaku will be assessed after being forced off in the first half against the Saints with a head injury. Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out again, while Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian are doubts after missing the last two games and Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee. Wayne Rooney is poised to face his old club for the second time since he returned to Goodison Park and Everton could also field ex-Reds Michael Keane and Morgan Schneiderlin. But Allardyce will be without Leighton Baines, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman.
What happened last time against Everton?The Reds will have fond memories of the last time we faced the Toffees as we ran out 4-0 winners at the Theatre of Dreams in September, thanks to strikes from Valencia - a thunderbolt which was voted United's Goal of the Year, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lukaku and a late penalty from Anthony Martial.
And what's our overall record like against them?United have a solid record against the Toffees, winning 34 of the previous 51 meetings in the Premier League era, scoring 96 goals in the process.
Who is the referee? Just as it was for our win over the Toffees earlier in the season, Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle. His only other United match this season was our 3-1 win at Arsenal at the start of December, in which the West Midlands whistler sent off Paul Pogba. He will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Richard West, with Paul Tierney on fourth-official duties.
Rivals watch: It's a packed programme to welcome in the New Year, stretched over four days, with Liverpool travelling to Burnley before United take to the field on Monday. Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur play the following day, Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday and Spurs are back in action in another capital derby against West Ham United on Thursday night. Here's the full fixture list...
Monday 1 January
Brighton v Bournemouth (12:30 GMT)
Burnley v Liverpool (15:00 GMT)
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town (15:00 GMT)
Stoke City v Newcastle United (15:00 GMT) Everton v Manchester United (17:30 GMT)
Tuesday 2 JanuarySouthampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur (19:45 GMT)
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion (19:45 GMT)
Manchester City v Watford (20:00 GMT)
Wednesday 3 JanuaryArsenal v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)
Thursday 4 JanuaryTottenham Hotspur v West Ham United (20:00 GMT)