Old Trafford - Premier League
Manchester United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, in a contest between two sides who are struggling to live up to expectations. There’s a major crisis brewing with the Red Devils after making their worst ever start to a Premier League season, and the visitors will look to take advantage of that this weekend.
Newcastle beat United 1-0 at St James’ Park last season, although that came after they lost 4-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign. The Magpies also beat United 1-0 away on their first trip to Manchester after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, but the Reds have won four of the seven meetings between the sides since.
Ashely Young and Ander Herrera could both miss this game after picking up knocks, while Jesse Lingard is expected to miss out with a groin problem. Back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero is suspended, while fellow Argentinian Marcos Rojo is injured.
Salomon Rondon is out of this game for the visitors, with Joselu set to lead the line for Rafa Benitez’s side. Florian Lejeune also misses out, but DeAndre Yedlin, Frederico Fernandez and Paul Dummett could all make their return from injury.
Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview and Predictions
Manchester United come into this game knowing that failing to win would pile even more pressure on their beleaguered boss. Whether that’s enough to inspire the players remains to be seen, with constants reports that Jose Mourinho is falling out with more and more of his key men. They couldn’t ask for a better opponent though, with Newcastle yet to win a game all season.
The latest stories emanating from Old Trafford are claiming that captain Antonio Valencia and highest earner Alexis Sanchez are unhappy, with the former criticised for failing to attend United’s League Cup tie with Derby last week. The latter, meanwhile, was dropped from the squad for Saturday’s defeat at West Ham, joining the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford who are said to be on the wrong side of the manager.
The hosts are still heavy favourites in the betting though, priced at 1/2 for the win. Newcastle are 7/1, as they go in search of their first victory of the new season. They’ve had a tough start with four of their seven matches against teams who finished in the top four last term though. Considering that, they’d probably be happy to return to the North East with a point, and that’s priced at 7/2.
United to win and both teams to score at 28/11
This bet would’ve paid out in last season’s corresponding fixture, and could be on the cards once again with neither side looking great at the back.
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 3/1
The Belgian international is always a threat against the lesser sides, and will fancy his chances of adding to the three goals he has so far this season.