BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for the weekend’s Premer League matches. He has Newcastle losing 2-1 to Manchester United at St James Park.
Here is Lawro’s preview of the match in which he devotes every sentence to the Red Devils:
Manchester United have not had any problems scoring goals. Unfortunately for them, they have not been able to keep them out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have only three points from three games, and they are lucky to have that many because they did not deserve to beat Brighton.
It clearly does not help that United captain Harry Maguire is having such a bad time at the moment, because he has been their most reliable centre-half.
I still think United will beat Newcastle, though, if only because I can’t believe they will be as bad again as they were when they lost 6-1 to Tottenham. If they are, Solskjaer is going to be in serious trouble.
Manchester United have just one win along with two defeats in their opening three matches. While they were destroyed by Spurs in their last fixture, they did defeat Brighton away in the two previous games – once in the league and then again in the Carabao Cup.
Newcastle were of course easily beaten at home by the Seagulls last month. But we’ve turned it around, at least results-wise, since then going unbeaten in the last four in all competitions.
That stretch was highlighted by the outstanding win over Burnley in our last match when our game-changer Allan Saint-Maximin returned from his ankle injury. With the Frenchman in the team, Newcastle are just a different side.
Bruce may have some decisions to make in his team selection with Miguel Almiron, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser, and Fabian Schar all featuring heavily over the international break. He also has the trio of Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Matty Longstaff to return.
Though we don’t expect Bruce to deviate too much from the team that handily beat Burnley. Though we hope captain Jamaal Lascelles will be recovered from his minor hamstring injury by Saturday.
It should be an interesting match with Manchester United needing to put in a better display than against Spurs. Hopefully, Newcastle’s lads upfront can take advantage of their struggling defense and pick up another positive result.