Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Manchester United
Venue: St. James’ Park – Tuesday, January 12 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)
Match Odds: Newcastle 7/2 – Draw 5/2 – Man United 5/6
Newcastle lost their fourth straight game by a 1-0 scoreline in their FA Cup defeat at Watford on Saturday and have now scored just seven in their past eleven league games.
Steve McClaren remains under pressure with the Magpies still stuck in the relegation zone. A win here would pull them out of the bottom three for 24 hours at least, but that looks unlikely given their recent run of defeats.Embed from Getty Images
United travel to St. James’ Park as favourites and despite winning back-to-back games, they remain under pressure as performances continue to disappoint.
Louis Van Gaal watched his side struggle to beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday, requiring a stoppage time Wayne Rooney penalty to advance, and the Dutch coach is under just as much pressure as McClaren.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at Old Trafford back in August and the same scoreline could well be played out in Newcastle on Tuesday, with both struggling to find the net.
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren could be without as many as 11 players for the visit of United here. Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita will hope to recover from knocks to give the Magpies some options in midfield, while Rolando Aarons and Fabricio Coloccini are both also doubtful. Papiss Cisse, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson all remain out.
Manchester United will hope Morgan Schneiderlin can return here. He is a doubt for this clash, as are Ashley Young and Phil Jones. But Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nick Powell, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all remain sidelined.
Newcastle’s last five: W/D/L/L/L
Manchester United’s last five: L/L/L/D/W
Key Stat: Manchester United have only lost two of their last 28 games against Newcastle in all competitions.
Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The United captain has scored in back-to-back games for the first time this season and will look to pile more misery on Newcastle here.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle 0-0 Manchester United – With both sides struggling to take chances and goals at a premium for both, this looks likely to end goalless, just as the reverse fixture did back in August.