Manchester United face off against Newcastle United in St. James’ Park with both teams in dire need of some good goals and a win, while Louis van Gaal’s career at Old Trafford is balanced precariously on the edge.

After the excitement of the cup ties, the focus is now back on the Premier League as 5th placed Manchester United take on relegation battling Newcastle United with both sides desperate for a win. The Magpies want to bolster their chances of staying afloat in the league, while the Red Devils to appease fans who were horrified by their terrible performance against League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

Newcastle United

Probable Starting XI:- Elliot; Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Janmaat; Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, De Jong; Mitrovic

Manchester United

Probable Starting XI:- De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Depay, Herrera, Martial; Rooney

Key Facts:-

  • The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games versus Newcastle United.
  • Manchester United have won 12 Premier League away games at St James’ Park. it is in fact, a record only surpassed at Goodison Park and Villa Park, where they have won 15 each.
  • The Magpies have attempted only eight shots on target in their previous three Premier League home games against the Red Devils and failed to score even once.
  • The Red Devils have lost their last two Premier League away games (at Bournemouth and Stoke) – they have not lost three successive top-flight away matches since January 1996.
  • Newcastle United have made just 307 touches inside the opposition box, the lowest in the League this season.
  • The Magpies have lost 12 points from winning positions this season, more than any other Premier League side.

Prediction:-

Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United

The Red Devils will eke out a win in this one after their FA Cup debacle against Sheffield United. The Magpies have not had a good season this time out and with their Captain injured, have a less than stable defence. The statistics also suggest that Manchester United will emerge victors and they will want to show the fans some promising displays after that yawn fest in the FA Cup.

Odds:-

Newcastle – 4/1
Draw – 11/5
Manchester United – 5/6

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