This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will name for today’s match against the Red Devils. It has three changes from the Burnley match.
Bruce may decide to rest the lads who featured heavily during the international break so that is our thinking behind this team. He’s not likely to deviate too much from the side that soundly defeated Burnley a few weeks ago but a few changes could be on the cards.
During his press conference yesterday, the injury update was a welcome one. Jamal Lewis is fine after having a scan on his Achilles. Jamaal Lascelles also looks to be available after missing the last match with a hamstring problem.
While today is too early for Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Matty Longstaff, they are progressing well after returning to training a few weeks ago.
Newcastle United Injuries
Dwight Gayle – knee, Matt Ritchie – shoulder, Martin Dubravka – heel, Paul Dummett – hamstring, Ciaran Clark – thigh, Matty Longstaff – thigh
Manchester United Injuries
Phil Jones – knee, Anthony Martial – red card suspension, Edinson Cavani- self-isolating, Axel Tuanzebe – foot (late fitness test), Harry Maguire – knock (late fitness test)
Newcastle come into this game on a four-match unbeaten streak so perhaps the international break came at the wrong time. Though the rest will have done much of the squad some good after playing two matches per week to start this campaign due to our success in the Carabao Cup.
The Red Devils have played one less league match and have only one win. Though that was against Brighton, who have become a bit of a bogey team for Newcastle. Man United will be looking to atone for their 6-1 thrashing at home to Tottenham in their last match
Our poll reflects the recent run of good results as over 70% expect a result with almost half thinking we can get three points today. That would be an extraordinary result for Newcastle and it’s certainly a possibility as long as Bruce gets the team selection and tactics right today.