Saturday, 17 October 2020
A Premier League that will be a highlight pits Manchester United against Newcastle United in a late night Saturday clash.
In what has been a tale of terrible defensive displays so far this season, Manchester will be hoping for something positive out of this match to save an otherwise horrid campaign.
Fresh from a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last time out, the club’s joint heaviest Premier League defeat, they face a Newcastle side sitting four points and seven places in the still embryonic league.
Despite having one of the best keepers in David De Gea and the world’s most expensive defender Harry Maguire, United have been appalling in defence in their match at Spurs.
They were picked apart by Son-Heung Min and Harry Kane in London conceding six as they matched their defeat record to rivals Man City in similar fashion
The two week international break should have given manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer enough reflecting time on his squad and its impotence. Should he fail to do this, he faces the exit with bookies already placing him odds on him to become the first to be show the door.
Maguire’s horror show for England midweek will further compound his confidence woes with all eyes on the captain to prove his mettle away at Tyneside amid the criticism of his performances.
The hosts on the other hand look steady and relatively consistent. With wins over West Ham and Burnley followed by s decent point away to Spurs, they can be said to be in a better position compared to the Red Devils.
The Magpies beat their visitors in this exact fixture last season by a solitary goal and will be hoping to continue in the same fashion.
Steve Bruce expects nothing less than a top half finish this season. This statement of intent was for all to see this week as he pegged down talented winger Alan Saint-Maximin to a six year contract that will see the talisman at the club till 2026.
Callum Wilson will lead the Newcastle attack as he looks to become the first player to score as many as five goals in his first five league goals for Newcastle since Loic Remy in 2013.
Solksjaer will be hoping his panic buys of Edison Cavani and Alex Telles will pay off on the future despite the Uruguayan not available for selection in this match as he self isolates as a precaution following his arrival from France.
He has since been handed a major boost with Paul Pogba set for a start since testing positive for the coronavirus. Marcus Rashford is expected to slot in the No. 9 position with Mason Greenwood likely to move to the right and Bruno Fernandes to shore up creativity in the final third.
Head to Head:
The Red Devils have won 3 of the last 5 encounters with their opponents despite losing in this exact fixture last season