Steve Bruce’s Newcastle welcome Manchester United at St James’s park on the back of a decent run of form. The Magpies have won two out of their opening four games, including a 3-1 win over Burnley last Premier League weekend. They currently sit at ninth position with seven points to their name.
For Manchester United, they are suffering from one of the worst starts to a Premier League season. After three games, the Red Devils have only registered a win and faced two embarrassing defeats at Old Trafford. They are currently placed on 16th on the points chart with only three points accumulated.
Newcastle United played some fine football in their win over fragile Burnley. Bruce will be hoping that his boys produce something similar against a top-four opposition. The team is full of confidence with the knick of drawing out important results on the road. Things can go sweeter if they multiply trouble inside Manchester United dressing room with a win.
It is a do or die fixture for Manchester United. At least for their manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. They were thrashed by Tottenham Hotspurs by 6-1 at Old Trafford in their latest outing raising further questions. Shoddy defending and mismanagement is costing the club. Players are under fierce criticism from fans. Nothing but all three points will steady the falling ship.
When and Where
Manchester United travel to Saint James’s Park to face Newcastle in an all-important fixture for them. The game kicks off at 00:30 (IST).
Team News and Expected Lineup
Bruce will be happy that star man Allan Saint-Maximin is now fit to play with an assist and a goal contribution in the previous game. Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Yedlin, Dummett, and Ciaran Clark are all back in training.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is still out with an injury. Newcastle are also missing Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, and Matty Longstaff service. So many first-team players sidelined is a major concern for Bruce ahead of this clash.
Karl Darlow; Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendricks, Jonjo Shelvey, Issac Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Joelinton
Deadline day signing, Edinson Cavani won’t be involved in this fixture because of self-isolation Covid-19 protocol after his transfer. That means Odion Ighalo will start instead of suspended Anthony Martial upfront. Another signing, Alex Telles will start from the bench.
Bruno Fernandes is eligible to play despite his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo testing positive while on International duties with Portugal. However, Donny van de Beek won’t be in the starting eleven still. There are no injury concerns for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men other than fitness issues to Tuanzabe and Phil Jones.
David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo
Head to Head and Match Facts
Manchester United have won 29 of their previous 50 clashes in this fixture with Newcastle winning only seven. Last season at this venue, Matty Longstaff’s incredible strike in the 72nd minute made the difference between the two sides.
The Red Devils have never lost three games in the opening four games since 1986/87 season. Although, they have won five consecutive away games while scoring first in the Premier League.
Players to watch out
Callum Wilson has started his Newcastle United career with a bang. The English striker has scored four goals in five games for his team in an impressive fashion. The former Bournemouth player will be a headache for the visitors. Wilson is also aiming to be the first striker since Loic Remy to score in the first five Premier League games for the Magpies.
There is no other name that can uphold Manchester United in this tough period. Be his creativity or his spot-kicks, Bruno Fernandes once again has the responsibility to draw an important result in their away trip to Newcastle. The Portuguese playmaker will be desperate to be on the winning side this time out. He has contributed to three goals in as many games for the team.
Twelfth Man Prediction
Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester United