Preview: Manchester United vs Newcastle United – prediction, team news, lineups
Manchester United will look to record their third Premier League victory of the season when they host Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The match is expected to mark the second debut for Cristiano Ronaldo, who incredibly returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in the final stages of the summer transfer window.
Ronaldo is set to don the famous Man United jersey for the first time since 2009 this weekend, as the Portugal international prepares to make his second debut for the Red Devils. An early departure from international service has allowed the 36-year-old to train with his new teammates this week, and it seems likely that he will go straight into the starting eleven for Saturday’s clash with Newcastle, which will be some time.
The return of the former Sporting Lisbon youth is a great story, but Man United cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball in terms of getting a good result, as they have already lost two disappointing points to Southampton in the early openers. stages of the season.
That said, a seven-point return from three matches represents a solid start, beating Leeds United 5-1 in their opener before posting a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international break, courtesy of a late effort by Mason Greenwood, who has three goals in three outings this quarter.
The league standings are not too important at this stage, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is in third place, two points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur; In the meantime, it will be a busy end of the month for the club as they participate in both the Champions League and the EFL Cup.
Indeed, Man United will open their Champions League group stage campaign against Young Boys on September 14, while West Ham United will be their EFL Cup opponent on September 22, just three days after the two teams will meet in the Premier League. at the London Stadium.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have had a disappointing start to the 2021-22 Premier League season, scoring just one point from their three games, putting them 17th in the table.
The Magpies opened their season with back-to-back losses to West Ham United and Aston Villa before losing on penalties to Burnley in the second round of the EFL Cup.
However, Steve Bruce’s team managed to score a point at home to Southampton before the international break, with Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin on the scoreboard, and Newcastle will surely need to have their shooting boots this weekend to have a chance. . to collect a positive result.
The Magpies only have to worry about the Premier League until their FA Cup campaign starts, which means they only have three games before the end of the month, facing Man United, Leeds United, and Watford, and it will be fascinating to see where they play. feel. on the chart heading to October.
Newcastle have lost their last three Premier League matches against Man United, including a 3-1 defeat in the corresponding match at Old Trafford last season, while the club have not beaten the 20-time English champions away from home. in the league since December 2013. which is an indication of the size of his assignment on Saturday.
As mentioned, Ronaldo has trained alongside his new teammates this week, and the Portuguese is expected to move directly into the starting eleven on Saturday afternoon as a center forward.
Jadon Sancho has recovered from the problem that forced him to withdraw from the England squad, and the arrival of summer could join Ronaldo, Greenwood, and Bruno Fernandes as part of the four forwards.
Scott McTominay is back in training after groin surgery, but could miss this weekend, while Brazilian international Fred had a FIFA suspension lifted; However, Manchester United have been preparing for the match without the South American, so Donny van de Beek could be in line for a rare start in midfield alongside Paul Pogba.
Marcus Rashford is not yet available, with the forward recovering from shoulder surgery, but Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, and Phil Jones are back in full training for the club.
As for Newcastle, Callum Wilson suffered a thigh problem in the draw with Southampton before the international break and will miss it, meaning that Joelinton could appear alongside Saint-Maximin as part of the two forwards.
Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser, and Elliott Anderson will also not be available due to injury, but Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow, and Paul Dummett have the possibility to participate.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Van de Beek, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar; Murphy, Willock, Almiron, Hayden, Ritchie; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton