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Ronaldo debut? Man Utd v Newcastle Match Preview

All eyes will be on this one with Manchester United fans across the world expectant to see Cristiano Ronaldo make his long-awaited return to the club against a struggling Newcastle.

Here is everything you need to know about this Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Form and Team News

Manchester United: WDW

Manchester United have got their season underway in decent fashion, starting the campaign with two wins and a draw from their opening three games despite not being at their best.

 

Expectations were raised following their 5-1 trouncing of Leeds on the opening day of the season, though they were somewhat underwhelming as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Marys.

They were once again not at their best as they managed to grind out a 1-0 win against Wolves to set a new unbeaten Premier League record on the road, with Mason Greenwood netting his third in three games, while Raphael Varane marked his first outing for the club with a clean sheet.

The headlines since then have, however, all been about one man by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo, the 36-year-old in line to make his second debut for the club against Newcastle this weekend following his £12m move from Juventus.

Whether he starts or not is yet to be seen after the Portuguese was forced into five days of quarantine following his return from Portugal, though he joined his new teammates on Tuesday ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are likely to be without midfielder Fred after Brazil triggered a FIFA ruling to see him banned for five days after the Premier League’s unanimous decision to prevent players from travelling to red list countries.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also be without summer signing Jadon Sancho following his withdrawal from England duty with a knock, while Marcus Rashford is still not yet ready to return following his shoulder surgery

Newcastle: LLLD

Newcastle aren’t exactly coming into this one in great shape, having endured an uninspiring summer transfer window and having started the season with three successive defeats.

The Magpies’ only signing of note in the summer was that of Joe Willock from Arsenal, a player they already had on their books last season following his loan spell. Meanwhile, a number of players also headed out of the exit door, leaving Steve Bruce arguably with a worse squad than what he had last season.

Their season got underway with them being on the wrong end of a six goal encounter at home to West Ham, before they were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa and knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Burnley on penalties after a goalless draw at St. James.

They then thought they had bagged a stoppage-time winner as Allan Saint-Maximin scored a 91st minute goal to put themselves 2-1 up against Southampton, only to concede a 96th minute penalty which was converted by James Ward-Prowse as the Newcastle faithful once again aired their frustrations towards their manager.

While Man Utd will be without midfielder Fred, the North East side are also set to be without playmaker Miguel Almiron after Paraguay also invoked FIFA sanctions over the Premier League club’s decision not to allow him to join up with the international side.

Meanwhile, Callum Wilson was substituted with a thigh complaint in the draw to Southampton, while Ryan Fraser has returned from international duty with Scotland with a ‘knock’ that required a protective boot.

Last Meeting

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle (February 21st, 2021)

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a superb solo goal, taking on Emile Krath down the Manchester United left, skipping past the Swede with ease, before cutting in onto his favoured right foot to drill low past Karl Darlow.

Newcastle dangerman Saint-Maximin had already stung the palms of David de Gea moments earlier, and he would draw his side level just six minutes after going behind, firing past the Spaniard as United failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Dan James restored the Red Devils lead 12 minutes into the second half as he cracked a low effort past Darlow at his near post, before Bruno Fernandes rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to play after Rashford had been brought down by Joe Willock.

Predicted Lineups

Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo.

Newcastle: Woodman; Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar; Murphy, Willock, Hendrick, Ritchie; Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

What TV channel is Man Utd v Newcastle on?

Sadly, this one is not available to stream or on TV in the UK, while for those in Ireland it is available on Premier Sports ROI 1.

Who is the referee?

Anthony Taylor

What time is kick off?

Saturday 11th September 2021, 15:00 BST

Odds

Man Utd – 17/100

Draw – 13/2

Newcastle 14/1

Read – Remembering just how good Cristiano Ronaldo was for Manchester United in 2007/08

See also – Iconic Duos: Del Piero and Trezeguet, Juventus’ potent partnership

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