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Manchester United vs Newcastle United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

Manchester United will be hosting Newcastle United tomorrow in  Premier League Matchday 25. Manchester United stands at 2nd position with 46 points. Brendon Rodgers’ Leicester City is just off their shoulders at the 3rd spot with the same number of points.

The visitors, Newcastle United, have failed to capitalize on a robust start to the season. They are struggling at the 17th spot, just a spot above the relegation zone. They have amasses 25 points in 24 games.

Newcastle United needs to carve out a few results in their favor if they want to stay in Premier League next season. Can a surprise victory or a draw at Old Trafford lay a solid foundation for their revival?

Analysis

Manchester United has lost its winning momentum which they gained during November-December. In the last four Premier League games, they have won only once and drew three others. They last featured on Thursday in Europa League as they demolished Real Sociedad by 4-0. 

Manchester United vs Newcastle United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

On the other hand, Newcastle United has won only two games in their last five PL games. Their last game in the league was at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea won the game by 2-0. A win for them can take them to as high as the 15th position. A defeat will bring the threat of the relegation zone more closer.

When and Where?

Manchester United will host Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the Premier League fixture on 22nd February (12:30 AM IST).

Team News and Expected Line-up

Manchester United

Donny Van De Beek and Edinson Cavani will be assessed before the game if they are fit enough to start. Paul Pogba and Phil Jones are still nursing their injuries. Scott McTominayy was replaced on the hour-mark on Thursday. He might not be able to fit to feature in this game.

Expected Line-up: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Donny Van De Beek, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial

Newcastle United

Federico Fernandez trained with the team but he is not fit enough to play in this game. Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson remain out of this fixture due to their injuries. Jeff Hendrick will return back to the squad after serving his suspension.

Expected Line-up: Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis; Willock, Hayden, Shelvey; Almiron, Gayle, Saint-Maximin

Head to Head stats: Manchester United vs Newcastle United

The Red Devils have won four of the five games against Newcastle United. Both of the previous two games have been won with a scoreline of 4-1. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford scored for Manchester United. It was only due to Luke Shaw’s own goal that David De Gea failed to record a clean sheet.

Differentials

Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United

The name is enough. 36 games this season, 21 goals and 12 assists. Newcastle United, be fearful.

Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United

The 23-year old is the most important player for the Magpies. He has scored only one goal but has assisted thrice. Can he lead the fight for Steve Bruce’s team?

The 12TH Man Prediction: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

It should be easy 3 points for Manchester United. But again, we have often seen them losing these easier fixtures. On paper, we cannot disregard the superior quality of Manchester United’s squad. We predict 4-1 to Manchester United.

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