Manchester United will be without the services of Wayne Rooney for their trip to Everton as the forward has been suspended for the league tie after picking his fifth yellow card of the season in his side's 4-1 EFL Cup win over West Ham United.
The incident took place in the second half when the England international reacted angrily to being penalised for a foul on Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes. Referee Mike Jones was unhappy with the 31-year-old's behaviour and awarded him his fifth yellow card of the season for dissent.
Rooney, who moved to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004, will not be a part of the United squad that will travel to Goodison Park on 4 December. He has scored 248 goals and is one short of Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time United goal scoring record.
The Red Devils skipper has been denied an opportunity to achieve that feat against his former club. Jose Mourinho served a one-match touchline ban for kicking a bottle in United's 1-1 draw against West Ham United.
The United manager expressed his disappointment after Rooney picked up his fifth yellow card against Slaven Bilic's side on 30 November.
"He is suspended for a foul when he did not touch the opponent and he cannot play against Everton," Mourinho said of the incident, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"He cannot go back home for such a big match because of a situation where he didn't touch the opponent."
Rooney was left frustrated with referee Jones for not taking action against West Ham defender Winston Reid. The centre-back kicked the ex-Everton man on the face when he tried to clear the ball, which left the United star with a minor cut on his cheek.
In United's last league tie, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini also picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season. The midfielder duo were suspended for the EFL Cup quarter-final win over the London outfit and will be available for selection for the 20-time English champions' clash against Ronald Koeman's side.