The heat is back on Manchester United as the English Premier League returns following the international break, with a tricky trip to Newcastle on Saturday their next task.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have slipped to two defeats in their opening three EPL matches, including a horror show last time out at home to Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho returned to haunt and taunt his former club as Spurs came away from Old Trafford with a record-busting 6-1 win.
It leaves United trawling the depths of the Premier League table, although they do have a game in hand on most at this early stage.
The international break may have eased the pressure, so all eyes will be on the likes of David de Gea, Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba, all of whom have endured torrid spells so far.
Definitely out is striker Anthony Martial, who starts a three-match ban, while Edinson Cavani will have to wait for his EPL debut as he remains in self-isolation following his move to Manchester.
Newcastle are plugging away under boss Steve Bruce, with a 3-1 home victory over Burnley giving the Magpies a boost to go into their fortnight off.
They stride out again at St James’ Park with Karl Darlow likely to continue in goal, with Martin Dubravka on his way back from injury.
Matt Ritchie and Matty Longstaff are ruled out and summer signing Jamal Lewis is a major doubt for the home side.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Newcastle Starting XI: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Jamal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett, Jeff Hendrick, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Joelinton.
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.
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