Newcastle v Manchester United: English Premier League Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 01-12-2023 9:13 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 1-12-2023 09:13 PM (2 months ago)

Date: Saturday 2nd December, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium  St James' Park
Referee   Robert Jones (England)
Goal Scorer:

It is well documented that Newcastle United are going through an injury crisis and are effectively down to the bare bones in terms of matchday squad selection, with a bench packed full of inexperienced teenagers, three goalkeepers, and an infirmary overflowing with top-class talent.

The long-term injuries remain the same, as Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Joe Willock (Achilles), Matt Targett (thigh), Javier Manquillo (groin), Harvey Barnes (foot), Sven Botman (knee), Elliot Anderson (back), Dan Burn (back), and Callum Wilson (thigh) are ruled out ahead of Manchester United’s visit to St. James’ Park.

Sean Longstaff faces a race against time to be fit and available for this match, with the English midfielder missing the last two matches. Sandro Tonali is still facing his ban for breaching betting rules during his time in Italy, so he won’t feature.

Nick Pope proved his worth on the big occasion in Paris with a string of brilliant saves and was ultimately unlucky to not come away with the clean sheet that his superb goalkeeping performance deserved. Fabian Schar will start alongside skipper Jamaal Lascelles at the heart of the backline, flanked by Kieran Trippier and Valentino Livramento at right-back and left-back, respectively.

In front of a raucous St. James’ Park, the midfield battle between these two sides is likely to be intense, and Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton are sure to be in the thick of the action. 17-year-old Lewis Miley has been thrown into the mix due to the fitness crisis and could feature in the starting XI again, having largely impressed in Paris and against Chelsea last weekend.

Howe would love to rotate his front-three, comprising Miguel Almiron, Alexander Isak, and Anthony Gordon, especially after the physical effort the trio put in the last two games. But with next to no options for change to play around with, Howe will likely call upon the same attacking stars from the Parc des Princes again to produce the goods here.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Livramento; Miley, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Gordon

Manchester United
While their injury problems are not as extensive as Newcastle’s, Manchester United still have some important players sidelined for the trip to St. James’ Park.

Lisandro Martinez (foot), Casemiro (thigh), Mason Mount (calf), Jonny Evans (thigh), Christian Eriksen (knee), Amad Diallo (knee), and Tyrell Malacia (knee) will all not be involved on Saturday night, while Jadon Sancho remains exiled from first-team training.

The Red Devils, though, have welcomed the return of influential defender Luke Shaw, who had been out for an extended period of time. His return has stabilised the left-back position after much of a crisis in the position, as both the Englishman and Tyrell Malacia have been out for long periods.

Ten Hag will also have Marcus Rashford back from a suspension in Europe. So Antony, who has just recovered from a knock, will make a return to the substitute bench.

It was yet another disappointing performance from Andre Onana in midweek, as he keeps costing his side big wins. But his composure on the ball could prove handy against Newcastle’s intent pressing. Harry Maguire is still keeping Raphael Varane on the bench and will slot alongside Victor Lindelof in central defence here.

Kobbie Mainoo was impressive last time out and is expected to be paired up with Scott McTominay in the middle of the park to provide more composure in possession at Sofyan Amrabat’s expense.

Rasmus Hojlund played just under an hour of the 3-3 draw with Galatasaray on his return to the starting XI, meaning he should be fully fit to lead the line at St. James’ Park this weekend. The Dane could be a menace to any team if he hits top form.

Alejandro Garnacho etched his name in Manchester United folklore with an overhead bicycle kick against Everton that was arguably better than Wayne Rooney’s against Manchester City, and the Argentine winger could be handed a third successive start on Saturday.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Onana; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Mainoo; Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund
Prediction: Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester United

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