Competition: Premier League – Manchester United Vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, August 22 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Manchester United 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Newcastle United 8/1
United came out on top the last time the two met at Old Trafford in a convincing 3-1 win on Boxing Day last year. Newcastle will come into this game looking to end a three-game losing streak against the Red Devils, who completed the double over the Magpies last season.
Manchester United come into this game unbeaten in their last 5 league games, having taken maximum points from their possible six so far this season. They have won both games 1-0 this term, keeping solid clean-sheets in each game and look a solid unit.Embed from Getty Images
United have only lost two of their last 19 home matches, proving just how difficult it will be for Newcastle to take all three points from them this weekend.
Newcastle United have picked up just one point from their opening two games and come into this off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Swansea. Newcastle will travel to Manchester hoping to improve on their poor away form which has seen them fail to win away from home in their last eight games. Newcastle have only won three of their last 23 games away from home so will be looking to improve this poor record come Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle have only won once at Old Trafford in Premier League history – a 1-0 win in December 2013, though Manchester United have won six of the last seven meetings in all competitions other than that shock home loss and are favourites for this one.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to miss the game this weekend due to illness which should mean Daley Blind will continue to partner Chris Smalling at centre-back. Sam Johnstone should keep his place on the bench to back up Argentinian shot-stopper Sergio Romero as David De Gea’s future is still unresolved. Fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo is lacking match fitness but could be named on the bench for Saturday, while Marouane Fellaini is ruled out through suspension and will not return to action until August 30.
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt due to a groin injury but should recover in time to start. Emmanuel Riviere remains out due to a knee injury, while Siem De Jong is expected to recover from his calf injury but not in time to feature this weekend. Paul Dummett remains sidelined through injury too, while Daryl Janmaat is suspended for the game due to his sending off at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea last time out. Florian Thauvin signed from Marseille on Wednesday and could feature, with Remy Cabella returning to France on a season-long loan deal.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester United’s form: W/W
Newcastle United’s form: D/L
Key Stat: There have been 17 goals in the last 5 league meetings between the two sides – an average of 3.4 per game.
Key Player: Memphis Depay – The Dutchman’s move from PSV has brought lots of expectation and in the opening weeks of the season we have seen the sheer pace that he possesses. His stunning midweek performance against Club Brugge showed just how clinical he can be in front of goal and he will be delighted with his two goals. He is highly creative and can be expected to cause Newcastle’s reshuffled defence a lot of problems this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United – We can see this game being controlled from the off by Manchester United through their domination of possession. We feel that they have too much in attack for the Newcastle backline, which has had to be altered due to injuries and suspensions and that should see the hosts capitalise with a one-sided victory. Man United’s solid home form and Newcastle’s poor away form suggests this game can only go one way and that is a Manchester United win.