Manchester United return to Premier League action for the first time since their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur when they make the trip up to Newcastle United on Saturday.
(African Stand) — Manchester United visit St James’ Park for a Saturday night clash against Newcastle in their first fixture back following the international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have endured a dismal start to the 2020/21 Premier League season, with a 6-1 home thumping by Tottenham making it two defeats from three games – both at home – and 11 goals conceded.
Only the Carabao Cup has managed to bring some brief respite with wins over Luton Town and Brighton, while fans seem rather unconvinced by their late transfer business with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, and Facundo Pellistri all signed while no1 target Jadon Sancho remained at Borussia Dortmund.
Looking to heap more pressure on Solskjaer is a Newcastle United team that have won two of their opening four matches this term – including a comfortable victory over Burnley last time out – and are also through to the last eight of the Carabao Cup.
Date, time, and venue
Newcastle vs Manchester United is scheduled for an 8 pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
The match will be held behind closed doors at St James’ Park with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Newcastle are currently dealing with a glut of injury woes, though defenders Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis, DeAndre Yedlin, and Ciaran Clark have now returned to training along with Matty Longstaff and captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Allan Saint-Maximin – who this week signed a new six-year contract on Tyneside – is fit to feature after a knock, but Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, and Dwight Gayle all remain absent.
For the visitors, Edinson Cavani will miss out on a debut as he self-isolates in line with Government protocol, though fellow deadline day signings Telles and Pellistri are available.
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial is suspended after his red card for clashing with Tottenham’s Erik Lamela.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Manchester United have won 29 of the 50 previous Premier League meetings between these two sides, with just seven triumphs for Newcastle and 14 draws.
One of those Toon victories came last season when Matty Longstaff netted a debut winner at St James’ Park in October.
The Red Devils avenged that loss on Boxing Day, however, with Martial netting twice in a comfortable 4-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United were absolutely wretched against Tottenham, with their defensive shortcomings ruthlessly exposed time and time again.
All of their wins so far this season have come on the road, but this is likely to prove a tough test against a Newcastle side that now boast greater firepower and will no doubt relish the chance to deepen Solskjaer’s woes ahead of a brutal run of fixtures that includes meetings with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, and Everton.
A point apiece seems likely.