There hasn’t been a huge amount of cheer for either Newcastle or Manchester United, but whatever happens the Red Devils should be well ahead of the Magpies at the end of the season and they should be winning at St James’ Park today.
Both these two have five points from the last five games but United showed a lot more against Arsenal on Monday than Newcastle’s 5-0 destruction at Leicester, albeit playing an hour with ten men after Isaac Hayden had been sent off.
Of course, United didn’t have a single shot on target in their 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar in midweek, although there were a couple of changes that were made with Marcus Rashford starting on the bench and Paul Pogba left at home, and today we should see a full strength outfit.
Newcastle United v Man Utd
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle
JAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 3-3 Manchester United
AUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle
MAR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle
APR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-4 Manchester United
DEC 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle
The big worry for backers of United at a short price is their away record. They’ve not won on the road since their shock victory at the Parc des Princes in the Champions League, going winless in ten games, but those games have all come against sides that are superior to Newcastle (perhaps the exception of Huddersfield at the end of last season) and they should have the quality to be the better side here.
Marcus Rashford’s presence should add something to the attacking lineup from the beginning and Dan James has been one of the bright spots from the start of the season with the new winger being one of few consistent attacking treats for United. The Red Devils have scored just seven goals in their last nine matches but they have defended reasonably well with Harry Maguire making a solid start, and they face a Newcastle side that have conceded 13 goals this season.
The Magpies have kept things tight at home so far, managing to squeeze draws out of Watford and Brighton, but they’ve severely lacked quality and it will be a dire result if United can’t win here.
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