Foot Predictions shows Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Manchester United will try to keep their Premier League title hopes alive when they receive Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Sunday night.
The Red Devils have drawn three of the last four league games and are now 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, while Newcastle are six points above the relegation zone.
Last week’s 1-1 draw with fighter West Bromwich Albion was certainly the final nail for United’s title aspirations, especially after City won the game in mid-week.
The 10-point gap Ole Gunnar SolskjaerThe men who have to recover from the leaders are quickly becoming impassable, but United are not yet ready to throw in the towel.
Solskjaer will certainly have hopes that Thursday’s 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad in the Europa League first leg in the League round of 16 could be a catalyst to move forward in the league.
Bruno fernandes maintained its incredible scoring rate with a double and Marcus Rashford also nailed it in Torino, before Daniel James rounded up the score later.
A place in the Europa League round of 16 now almost guaranteed, and the FA Cup quarter-finals with Leicester City next month, Solskjaer’s focus is now on the league.
United’s only victory in the last six league games was their record, matching Southampton 9-0 – a performance that contrasts with last week’s draw with West Brom.
Finding that consistency now is Solskjaer’s goal, and this weekend’s visit to Newcastle offers the chance to add three more points to the scoreboard.
Newcastle have won just one of their last 35 away games against Man United, losing 25 of them, including four from their last five visits to Old Trafford.
The Magpies have alternated between a win and a loss in the last five games, most recently after a 3-2 win against Southampton and a 2-0 loss to Chelsea last Monday.
Steve Bruce he was without Callum Wilson on that trip to Stamford Bridge and will have to manage without the striker for at least another six weeks.
This is worrying news for Newcastle, who lost all three Premier League games without scoring when Wilson was absent this season.
With Fulham winning another point in the middle of the week and the Cottagers facing last-placed Sheffield United in a row, Newcastle’s six-point gap between the last three could narrow further with another defeat on Sunday.
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Paul Pogba remains away from United while Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani will be assessed after being out of the Sociedad game with muscle problems.
Scott McTominay another one who should be left out after aggravating a midweek problem, but Solskjaer still has some options to choose from in the midfield position.
After making his debut on Thursday, Amad Diallo will fight for a first appearance in the Premier League, although Mason Greenwood and Rashford are more likely to get approval in the broad areas here.
Rashford is involved in six goals in his six Premier League games against Newcastle (three goals, three assists), scoring one and helping two in Man United’s 4-1 win in the reverse game.
As for Newcastle, Wilson’s absence will likely mean Dwight Gayle and Allan Saint-Maximin connecting in attack, with Miguel Almiron playing just off par.
Jamaal Lascelles returned from injury against Chelsea last week while Jeff Hendrick is back from suspension on Sunday, but this game will come too soon for Federico Fernandez.
Ryan Fraser, Sean Longstaff and Joelinton are among those who push for recalls on the side.
Possible initial lineup for Manchester United:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
Possible initial line-up for Newcastle United:
Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis; Willock, Hayden, Shelvey; Almiron, Gayle, Saint-Maximin
Probability: Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United
Man United may not be in top form in the Premier League, but they showed against Real Sociedad on Thursday exactly what they are capable of in their day.
Newcastle have won just two of the last 13 games and, given their poor record in this game – only against Liverpool (81) have lost more Premier League games than against Man Utd (80) – we can only see this game ending a form .
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