Erik ten Hag previews Newcastle clash
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Manchester United take on an in-form Newcastle on Sunday as the Red Devils look to continue their impressive form under Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman’s side have won each of their last three games since the 6-3 defeat to rivals Manchester City, and had won four Premier League games in a row before the loss to Pep Guardiola’s side. They host an Eddie Howe team that have their sights set on gatecrashing the top six, and have scored nine goals in their last two wins over Fulham and Brentford. United will be missing Omonia game-winner Scott McTominay this weekend through suspension due to the yellow card that the midfielder picked up in the win over Everton last time out, while Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Harry Maguire are all still injured, while Mason Greenwood remains suspended by the club. Express Sport predicts the team that Ten Hag will name to face Newcastle.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
Ten Hag has kept the faith with David de Gea, and even continued to play the Spaniard in the Europa League for the 1-0 win over Omonia on Thursday. There have been questions over whether De Gea is the goalkeeper that the United boss wants long-term, as he may opt for a different option who is more adept with his feet than the man who has spent ten years at Old Trafford.
His contract is up at the end of the season and he has made his feelings clear that he would like to stay at the club beyond this campaign, but although a new deal does not appear likely to be penned in the near future, De Gea is likely to start against Newcastle.
Defence – Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw
Only Diogo Dalot and Lisandro Martinez kept their place against the Cypriot side as Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia came into the team. However the partnership between Martinez and Raphael Varane appears to be favoured by Ten Hag and the two defenders balance each other out well.
Dalot, like De Gea, only has a contract at the club until the end of the season but has cemented himself as first choice. Luke Shaw has impressed in recent weeks as he has gotten back into the team and while Malacia started on Thursday, he did not do enough to oust the England international and was substituted off for Shaw after an hour and the latter will likely come back into the team.
Midfield – Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes
McTominay will have staked a claim to get back in the starting lineup after he got a late winner at Old Trafford on Thursday, but the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory away to Everton and will miss the clash with Newcastle through suspension.
Bruno Fernandes was one of the standout performers against Omonia, and Fred did not do enough in a role that allowed him to impact the attack in a more meaningful way. Christian Eriksen came on in the Europa League as United went in search of a winner, and the Dane will likely come back into the team on Sunday.
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Attack – Antony, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford
Jadon Sancho came on against Omonia and was a bright spark, but Ten Hag may prefer the balance of a left-footer on the right in Antony and the Brazilian has scored three goals in his three Premier League appearances this season.
Marcus Rashford was one of the few United players that will have been positive about his performance against Omonia, despite not getting a goal even though he had a host of chances the England man did get into encouraging positions. Ten Hag revealed that Anthony Martial could be fit to face Newcastle, but after he was forced off when he was given the start against Everton, he may not want to risk the Frenchman and start Cristiano Ronaldo instead.
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