Here is the team I am predicting Steve Bruce will name for Saturday’s match against Manchester United. It has three changes from the 2-2 draw against Southampton.
Unfortunately, Bruce is forced into a change at the top end of the pitch. The irreplaceable Callum Wilson is sidelined with a thigh strain and will not take part tomorrow. Hopefully, this injury isn’t one that lingers.
In his place comes Joelinton, who has played in all of Newcastle’s four matches this season. However, this would be his first league start. He is the likely choice to partner with Allan Saint-Maximin up top.
Bruce will probably keep with Willock and Almiron as his two number eights. Bruce has confirmed that Almiron will be available despite Paraguay’s ire at him not being released for international duty.
There is a very good chance Isaac Hayden returns after not being risked against Southampton. The midfielder is the best option in the holding role and has had two additional weeks to recover from a slight knee problem.
Likewise, Paul Dummett returns from injury to make his first appearance of the campaign. The 29-year-old was in with a shout against The Saints but was held back. He’s the clear choice to return to the left side of the back three, where he started the final 12 games of last season.
Finally, Freddie Woodman returns in goal despite Karl Darlow’s availability. It would be harsh to drop the 24-year-old after his four starts. He’s been offered little protection from the defense.
While I suspect Darlow will eventually get the nod, I get the feeling Woodman will get another opportunity tomorrow at Old Trafford.