Premier League: Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview

Two struggling teams led by two under-pressure managers meet on Saturday at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United host Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle United. Last season Newcastle defeated Manchester United 1-0 at St. James' Park, but the match at Old Trafford was won 4-1 by the Red Devils. Overall, Manchester United have won three of the last six direct meetings, while Newcastle have only grabbed one victory during that period. The last time the Magpies won at Old Trafford was in December 2013, when French midfielder Yoann Cabaye scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory.

Manchester United have now gone four matches without winning and clouds seem to be gathering thick and fast above Jose Mourinho's head at Old Trafford. Last weekend the Red Devils suffered a clear defeat, 3-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League, and they failed to recover from that in midweek as they got held to a goalless draw at home by Valencia in the Champions League. Man United are now tenth in the league table after their worst start to the season in the Premier League era. Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are injured for the home side, while Ashley Young is a doubt.

Newcastle's struggles have been even worse this season, they have not won any of their eight matches in all competitions this season and have lost six of them. Their only non-defeats this season were the goalless draws that they recorded at Cardiff and Crystal Palace, and if they keep going like that relegation will become a certainty very soon. Last weekend the Magpies lost 2-0 at home against Leicester, their fourth consecutive home defeat. Salomon Rondon was unavailable for that match due to an injury but he should be fit to start on Saturday, while Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez are injury doubts as well.

Probable line-ups:

Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw - Pogba, Fellaini, Matic - Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Newcastle: Dubravka - Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett - Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy - Perez - Joselu

My prediction: Manchester United to win 1-0, Newcastle will park the bus but they will probably make a few mistakes and allow the Red Devils to scrape past them.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Man United win - 1.44
Draw - 4.50
Newcastle win - 9.00

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Don't know even where to start about this one.

    Obviously Mourinho's head had been at stake in that one(probably still is) and even despite the United comeback second half (against a really struggling opponent this season) they still convinced nobody that Mourinho should stay.
    The realistic score from the first (when we look the goal scoring situations) half should of been 1-4 or 5 and then it wouldn't be any chance for a turnaround from United's point of view.

    They could hardly look worst even when they scores 3.

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