The international break is over and attention for Manchester United turns to getting back to winning ways in the Premier League. It was just over a month ago when the Reds were victorious against Newcastle United at Wembley in the League Cup final, this time the mission card reads St James’ Park in the Premier League.
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St James’ Park
Kick Off: 16:30 UK Time
TV Channel: Sky Sports
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While it seems an age ago, United’s previous outing was in the FA Cup where VAR controversy and little bit of luck saw United progress into the next round in a 3-1 victory that didn’t fairly reflect the tie. United were lethargic and the Reds were fortunate to be buoyed by Fulham being forced to play the last 15 minutes with nine men and no manager on the touchline.
However, sometimes you make your own luck and following the FA Cup win, the usually dreaded break was timely. The break provided some much-needed rest for United. Marcus Rashford pulled out of the England squad and Luke Shaw played minimal minutes due to being sent off in England’s first game.
Scott McTominay enjoyed a goal-scoring week with Scotland and eyes will be on the 26-year-old who has been linked with a move to Tyneside.
Erik ten Hag revealed that Anthony Martial has been training for two weeks and could be available for selection against Newcastle.
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Since losing in the Cup final to United, Newcastle have picked up two wins and a loss in the Premier League and have dropped to fifth in the table. A win for Newcastle would see Eddie Howe’s side leapfrog Manchester United in the league on goal difference.
One Newcastle player Manchester United will have to be wary of is Alexander Isak. The big-money summer signing has only played ten league games due to injury but he already has six goals in the competition. The Swedish striker is starting to keep Callum Wilson out of the line-up, with three goals in his last three games, and is likely to start against United on Sunday.
Before the international break Manchester United were grinding out results despite not playing as well as they have earlier in the season. This can largely be put down to fatigue and with the rest some important players have had over the break United should be better. Another factor in the poor performances of late is a lack of Casemiro due to suspensions. The Brazilian not being available again on Sunday will give Newcastle a boost especially given how important he was at Wembley in the Carabao cup final.
Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United