Newcastle lie in 19th place in the Premier League and are about to enter the second international break of the season. They failed to send the fans into the first break with a good result as they were held to a 1-1 draw with last-place Watford.
It’s even bleaker this time as Newcastle are coming off back to back abysmal displays. They were dominated in their last game at St James Park by Brighton, who had 72% possession. On Sunday, the team waived the white flag at the slightest hint of adversity.
Now they face a struggling Manchester United side who haven’t won in their last ten away games. The Red Devils are also just 10th in the table after spending almost £150m on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Daniel James.
Newcastle’s new signings have yet to set the league alight, but there are reasons for that. Joelinton has been far too isolated upfront but has shown some hints that he can replace Rondon in his hold-up play. Allan Saint-Maximin has been out with a hamstring injury for most of the year playing just 57 minutes so far. Emil Krafth and Jetro Willems have both gotten a few starts but have been somewhat inconsistent. Finally, Andy Carroll is just coming back from his ankle injury.
After the performance at Leicester City, we would expect some returning and fringe players to be considered for a starting place on Sunday. Allan Saint-Maximin, DeAndre Yedlin, Federico Fernandez, and Matty Longstaff have barely featured this season for various reasons. We think they all could be in with a shot at starting on Sunday.
Especially DeAndre Yedlin and Matty Longstaff. With Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo failing to put in performances of late, DeAndre Yedlin could be drafted in at right wing-back. Also, Isaac Hayden will be out through suspension, and Jonjo Shelvey is struggling with his hamstring. So this is the perfect opportunity to get Matty Longstaff into the midfield alongside brother Sean. It might even give the crowd something to cheer about.
We also expect Bruce to revert to a back five since Jetro Willems seems to be fine after missing the Leicester debacle with a knee injury. Jetro was spotted in full training on Wednesday. Having him and DeAndre Yedlin as wing-backs would add a lot of pace to the side. We usually just hope for a good performance from the lads in a fixture like this. This time we want more. After last week, the fans deserve all three points.
What Will Be The Result Against Manchester United On Sunday?
- Loss (59%, 1,040 )
- Win (25%, 437 )
- Draw (16%, 272 )
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