Manchester United will be hoping to continue their sparkling start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they face Newcastle tonight.
Since taking over the club, the Norwegian manager has guided the team to three successive wins. Under his leadership, United have claimed comfortable wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield, and Bournemouth. During that time, the Red Devils have scored twelve goals and conceded only three.
The ‘baby-faced assassin’ will be hoping to grab the fourth consecutive win as his side faces Newcastle on Wednesday night. With the Magpies failing to win in their last three games, it will be a wonderful opportunity for Ole to decorate his Manchester United managerial career with another win.
How to watch Newcastle vs Manchester United?
Kick-off: Wednesday 2, January. 20:00 GMT
Venue: St. James Park
Live Stream: Sky Sports Main Event
Referee: Andre Marriner
Manchester United Team News
The Red Devils will be without defender Eric Bailly. The Ivorian defender received a straight red card against Bournemouth last Sunday and as a result, he will be out for the next three games. Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo still remain doubtful for the midweek clash. With a crisis among the defensive line, Ole might be forced to give Phil Jones another start to play alongside Swedish Victor Lindelof as the center back pairing.
United have also received an injury boost after the boss has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available for selection against the Magpies. Romelu Lukaku may also be included in the starting XI after Marcus Rashford is doubtful after picking up a groin injury against Bournemouth.
Newcastle Team News
Newcastle themselves have a number of injuries to deal with. Federico Fernandez will be the main concern for boss Rafa Benitez. The former Swansea defender picked up a back injury in the draw against Watford and it still remains unclear whether he will be fit for the midweek clash or not. Ciaran Clark is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time to replace the Argentine. Meanwhile, Florian Lejeune is expected to make his return in the FA Cup game at the weekend.
In a piece of more positive news for the Magpies, Jonjo Shelvey will be available for selection against United. The midfielder made his return from injury and featured in the second half during the weekend game.
Predicted Manchester United Line-up
Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw;
Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial;
Head to Head Record
The Newcastle/Manchester United rivalry is rather a bit old and the clubs have competed against one another 166 times. Manchester United have the clear superiority, winning 85 of those games.
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last eight league games against Newcastle.
- If Newcastle manages to win, it will be their first back-to-back home league win against United since 1987.
- Newcastle has lost only one of their last four league games.
- Manchester United have won all of their games (3) under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.