It is safe to say that every United game in theory is a must win. Against the top 6-8 a draw might be useful, however a result against a bottom half team must be a win.
Last weekend’s result to a relegation destined West Brom was extremely disappointing but United bounced back at the midweek against a strong Sociedad side 4-0.
Things are looking pretty nervy in Newcastle, they currently sit 17th in the table and have a Fulham side breathing down their necks. Fulham have now closed the gap on Newcastle to three points.
To compound the problems Newcastle will be without top scorer Callum Wilson for a few more weeks. Wilson has 10 of Newcastle’s 25 goals this season.
Replacing a player that has 40% of the team’s goals will not be easy. Newcastle brought in Joe Willock in the transfer window, he scored on his debut in a 3-2 win against Southampton on matchday 23.
Manchester United Team News
United have late fitness tests for Donny Van De Beek and Edison Cavani, they were both out for the midweek Europa League clash.
Scott McTominay is also doubtful and Amad Diallo made his debut for United against Sociedad, he might be poised for a Premier League debut.
Paul Pogba is still out.
Despite McTominay being doubtful United look unlikely to change shape.
(4-2-3-1) De Gea, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Bruno, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial.
Eric Bailly started at the midweek but had a couple of glaring errors and the forwards will look to swap and move around during the game. Greenwood had a good game centrally, he could be leading the line again on Sunday.
Newcastle have won two and lost three of their last five matches (2-3). They have surrendered two goals in each of those matches. Chelsea handled them in their last outing 2-0. Chelsea had 66% of possession and took care of the game in the first half.
Man United in the last five premier league games have won two, drew one, and lost two (2-1-2). Hopefully the disappointing results against relegation fighting clubs do not continue. United dropped points against Sheffield United and West Brom in the last five games.
Club Record v Newcastle
Man United hold a 88-39-43 advantage over opponent Newcastle all time. Newcastle’s last win against United at Old Trafford was a 0-1 courtesy of a Yohan Cabaye goal, on the 7th of December, 2013. Newcastle’s last three wins all were 1-0.