Manchester United and Newcastle United are ready to be back in action Sunday evening, with the two teams will face off in a crucial match. The race for the top four is going on. Arsenal and Man City have already strengthened their position in first and second place. The battle for third and fourth place, however, will be quite intriguing as Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Tottenham Hotspur compete for these two slots. Manchester United are in 3rd with 50 points, while Newcastle United are standing in 5th with just three points behind the Red Devils. If the Magpies can beat Man United, they will climb up the third place in the league table.
Stats & Facts
Newcastle United have been doing great this season. But their records against Manchester United are not good enough. They haven’t won a single match in their last six meetings against the Red Devils. Moreover, Manchester have good stats at St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United. Man United have won more away games against Newcastle than any other side in EPL.
Miguel Almiron, one of Newcastle United’s key players, will miss the game due to a thigh injury. The Magpies will also miss the service of Emil Krafth. However, Joelinton is back again after a two-game suspension.
As for Manchester United, they will miss the service of Casemiro, who has been suspended for four games. Christian Eriksen and Donny Van de Beek are the long absentees, but Marcel Sabitzer may not be available against the Magpies as he got a knock during the international break. Moreover, Marcus Rashford is in doubt. He was forced to withdraw from England’s squad. But the manager is hoping to get him on Sunday. In the pre-match press conference, Man United’s manager Erik Ten Hag said, “I have good hope. He trained but he had to do some treatment, he had to do some individual training and, today, he joined in the group. I think we have one more day so I have good hope he’s available. I think so.”
The manager added, “For me, it’s positive that he took that time to turn off from football [to go to New York]. I’ve seen him back this week and he showed a lot of energy, a lot of motivation, so this training, as the whole team, was a really good session with a lot of spirit, but especially also with Marcus.”
Man United: 3.00