Newcastle will have a very tough game at Old Trafford on Saturday, and we will have at least two players not available who started the game at Swansea, when we were very poor after a decent start at home to Southampton.
We don’t expect Moussa Sissoko to be risked with his groin strain, and Paul Dummett is still not ready to be on the bench, but we do expect Siem de Jong to be part of the match day 18, even though his shin is still a little sore.
Rolando Aarons – could get a start on Saturday
Daryl Janmaat will miss the game through suspension and it shows our lack of full backs that we don’t really have cover for him and don’t have a full back on the bench.
We initially didn’t have Thauvin in the 18, but he will probably be on the bench.
This is the best team we can come up with for tomorrow:
Mbemba Taylor Coloccini (c) Haidara
Obertan Wijnaldum Aarons
Subs: Darlow Williamson Tiote de Jong Perez Thauvin Mitrovic
Steve McClaren could put Anita at right back, and he could play Cheick Tiote in one of the holding roles – or else go with the back-line as above where Steven Taylor gets a chance and Mbemba moves over – it’s the back four that played in the second half at Swansea.
McClaren could even play Mitrovic on the wing tomorrow, but it’s a good chance to give Rolando Aarons a start on the left wing, with Gabby Obertan shifting over to the right wing – his preferred position.
Mitrovic could come in at striker in place of Cisse, but we think Aleksandar will get a start against Northampton Town in the League Cup on Tuesday night – kick-off 7:45pm at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle must put in a much better display than we showed against Swansea, when we were comprehensively beaten by a much better side on the day.
What would your team be for Saturday?