All you need to know about Manchester United VS Newcastle United
Manchester United still have not lost any game at home so far and are looking for same when Benitez’s Newcastle arrives at Old Trafford
Date: 18 November 2017
Kickoff: 11:00 pm (IST), 11:30 (ET), 17:30 (GMT)
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Venue: Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho will be wanting a complete reversal of the unsatisfactory results in 1-0 defeat to Chelsea before the International break by paying their home advantage against the Magpies, currently sitting 11th on the table. Points now will be of optimum necessity each and every game if United are to catch rivals City on top with glaring 31 points. The problem has arouse from their misfiring strategy in matches out from home which is stagnating the Red Devil’s approach for the title.
United critical condition in the away fixtures is pointing fingers to Jose’s system he is provoking in the squad. The loss to champions at Stamford bridge and the surprise loss to Huddersfield are examples of it. A team which have some attacking dilemma in their disposal is being restricted to move forward. Instead, Jose is rely on the back four, to avoid losing games which in certain has run out of fuel.
But there is no such stalemate in their home ground, the Theatre of dreams where they zoomed of earning maximum points and not even conceding a goal. This is because United are very free minded in Old Trafford and likes to score for fun. And to their joy United are able to bring back Maroune Fellani from injury with his decisive form as well. He was instructed to run for last 20 minutes or so in Stamford Bridge to kill down Chelsea’s ball engagement which he almost handsomely did by converting defense into act in closing stages. It was his shot that Courtouis scrambled to save to deny a late minute leveller. Adding to that the Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku has finally got some goals rolling in the net with his heroics for his nation, the 3-3 comeback completion against Mexico and becoming the top scorer in history for Belgium in 1-0 win over Japan, in two International friendlies. The summer purchase is currently in goal drought in the league with his last strike coming against Crystal Palace way back in September. Though Lukaku took it as an extra motivation to start his ferocious goal scoring attitude once again.
These are all dangerous indication for Newcastle still fighting with off field issues. But Benitez’s masterstroke is sublime for the magpies to put aside those problems and focus on football instead. Newcastle sits on top of the lower half of the chart but are committed to reenter in the top ten if they manage a surprise against powerful United at Old Trafford. A draw could essential for the team which lacked a leader on the pitch even so summer introduction like Joselu and Ayoze Perez produced some results on the course to curve away the misery to the start of the campaign. Some disappointed still remain including the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth even after holding them to the last minute of the game. One slip off this weekend will cost them.The fixtures contains an minor enmity between Mourinho and Benitez with the Portuguese winning seven out of sixteen games against Benitez on the touchline when they managed Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
The Magpies does not hold a record to smile about with the magpies never managing a win over the opponents they are to face this weekend in 29 meetings. United won 22 of them (D7) proving a one sided affair several times with the black and white. The only time the Toons came close to win a game against United in 2015 when they drew 2-2 at Old Trafford.
It is expected that United will carry their home dominance with an easy win over the latest guests. But Benitez will be urging his boys to change their poor record to provide one of the stunners of this premier league season.
Head to head
Manchester United at Old Trafford have destroyed Newcastle 84 times in all competition.
Despite coming off injured from the International friendly against Germany, Phil Jones is fit to regain his position in the back four for the weekend game. But the fixture come too early for Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Carrick and Ibrahimovic all out due to serious injuries. Fellani and Bailey make their return to the starting eleven.
Newcastle have uncertainty over Atsu and Mikel Moreno. Though doubtful, Lascellas will get a start as it seems. Rob Elliot still is disbanded with his family struggles as he didn’t feature with his nation, the Republic of Ireland game against Denmark in the midweek.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Baily, Jones, Young, Fellani, Herrera, Matic, Mkhitariyan, Rashford, Lukaku
.@Stormzy1 will perform at our United for Unicef Gala Dinner at Old Trafford on Wednesday 15 November.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 14, 2017
Newcastle United: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejuine, Lacellas, Manquillo, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu
📸 GALLERY: Take a look behind the scenes of Thursday’s training session as the lads prepare to travel to @ManUtd this Saturday (kick-off 5:30pm GMT).
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 16, 2017