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Newcastle v Manchester United – Match Preview

Newcastle host Manchester United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday with both clubs chasing down Champions League spots.

The pair are coming off the back of disappointments in the Champions League, as the Red Devils squandered a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 away to Galatasaray, while a controversial penalty denied the Magpies a famous win at PSG.

Here’s all you need to know about this Saturday’s clash.

Newcastle v Manchester United – Match Preview:

Form

Newcastle: WLLWD

St James’ Park has been a fortress for Eddie Howe’s men in the Premier League as they currently occupy seventh spot, five points off the top four.

No team has picked up more home points than the Magpies (18) and they defeated an improved Chelsea 4-1 on Tyneside in their last league outing.

An injury crisis all across the pitch has allowed 17-year-old Lewis Miley to break into the first team in central midfield. The academy graduate has started the last four matches and has faced the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and PSG in recent weeks.

The youngster picked up his first Premier League assist as he set up Alexander Isak’s opening strike against Chelsea and played the entire 90 minutes in Paris, as Eddie Howe failed to make a single substitute, in the 1-1 draw against the French champions.

Last season’s League Cup finalists are without 11 first-team regulars for the Manchester United clash, including new signings Harvey Barnes and Sandro Tonali, as well as Sven Botman, Dan Burn and Callum Wilson.

Jacob Murphy, Elliot Anderson, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock, Javier Manquillo and Matt Targett also miss out through injury.

Form

Manchester United: WLWWD

Despite disappointing on the European front, sat bottom of their Champions League group with one game to play, back on home soil Erik ten Hag’s men are the Premier League’s form side with five wins from their last six games.

Alejandro Garnacho scored a Goal of the Season contender with a stunning overhead kick against Everton in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park last time out.

The game also saw Marcus Rashford grab his first league goal since September and Anthony Martial net his first league strike of the campaign for Ten Hag’s men, who sit sixth.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana has picked up some unwanted attention for his below-par performances in the Champions League but in the Premier League, no shot-stopper has more clean sheets than his five, three of which have come in his last four games.

The Red Devils are in somewhat of an injury crisis themselves. Although left-back Luke Shaw returned to the squad last weekend, Lisandro Martinez, Jonny Evans and Tyrell Malacia are still missing from United’s back line.

A midfield trio of Casemiro, Mason Mount and Christian Eriksen are all out, while Jadon Sancho remains out of the first-team picture.

Last Meeting

Manchester United 0-3 Newcastle, November 11th 2023

We only have to go back as far as the start of November for the last meeting between the two as Newcastle dumped Manchester United out of the EFL Cup, with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

In a repeat of last year’s final, Miguel Almiron opened the scoring on 29 minutes, before Lewis Hall made it two with his first goal for the club since signing from Chelsea in the summer.

The Magpies’ onslaught continued in the second half as Joe Willock added a third, as Newcastle avenged their final defeat to Manchester United in the same competition back in April.

For the Red Devils, this was their second successive 3-0 defeat at home after they were humiliated by their local rivals Manchester City just three days before.

Eddie Howe’s men remain in the competition and travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-final, having already knocked out both Manchester clubs.

Predicted Lineups

Newcastle: Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Livramento; Miley, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Gordon.

Manchester United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Amrabat, Fernandes; Garnacho, Hojlund, Rashford.

Who is the referee?

Robert Jones.

Is Newcastle v Manchester United on TV?

UK and Ireland: TNT Sports.

USA: USA Network.

What time is kick off?

Saturday 2nd December, 20:00pm GMT.

Odds

Newcastle – 10/11

Draw – 11/4

Manchester United – 14/5

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