This is the team we think Steve Bruce will name for tomorrow evening’s match against Manchester United. It has 3 changes from the win against Burnley two weeks ago.
With Ryan Fraser, Miguel Almiron, and Jeff Hendrick featuring heavily for their countries over the past two weeks, Bruce could field a squad consisting mainly of the players he’s worked with over the past few weeks.
That would mean Joelinton keeps his place after his good run of form over the past month. However, we have him starting on the left with Allan Saint-Maximin on the right. Jeff Hendrick would get a rest after three straight starts for the Republic of Ireland.
A surprise selection could be Sean Longstaff who hasn’t featured much in the league during this campaign. He played his best football as a number 10 last season so maybe he gets a rare league start on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles returns from his hamstring injury so Bruce’s preferred center back pairing with Federico Fernandez resumes once again. Javier Manquillo comes back into the team at right-back though we wouldn’t be surprised if Bruce stuck with Emil Krafth, who was excellent against Burnley.
Thankfully, Jamal Lewis is fine after missing out in Northern Ireland’s 1-0 loss at Norway. Bruce revealed during his press conference that it was pre-arranged so Lewis should get another start tomorrow.
Of course, Karl Darlow remains in goal after his superb start filling in for our reigning Player of the Season Martin Dubravka. Long may it last as Martin will now be out for another 5 to 6 weeks with his heel injury.