Premier League Matchday 25 Preview: Manchester United v Newcastle United
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
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.