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MATCH PREVIEW – Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Howe’s side look to avoid fourth straight defeat

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Newcastle welcome Man Utd to St James’ Park on Monday evening and will be hoping to pull of an upset in their battle for survival.

Howe’s side have had a very difficult December period, losing their last three games, conceding eleven goals in that run. The game on Monday evening represents a chance for the home side to claim just their second win of the season and to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

The game against the Red Devils marks the end of an extremely tough couple of weeks where the Magpies have faced Liverpool and Man City in the last two games.

As the January transfer window fast approaches, the home side know that they need to pick up some unlikely points to help bolster their chances of retaining Premier League status come the end of the season.

Newcastle have the second-worst defensive record in the league having shipped 41 goals so far this campaign and will be looking to sign some major reinforcements at the back in the upcoming transfer window.

In the next five fixtures, after the clash with Man Utd, Newcastle face: Everton (A), Southampton (A), Watford (H), Leeds (A), Everton (H) and will need to pick up a substantial tally of points to claim out of the relegation zone.

Manager Eddie Howe has alluded to the days of the Entertainers led by Kevin Keegan and has promised to bring “attacking verve and swagger” to Tyneside in the years to come. However, for now the Geordie faithful have a relegation dogfight to look forward to once again.

Many of Newcastle’s rivals have a number of games in hand as the Magpies seem to sink further into relegation trouble each passing week – the transfer window can’t come quick enough.

There seems to have been somewhat of a Christmas miracle in the Manchester United camp as Rangnick is expected to have a full squad to chose from with the exception of Paul Pogba, despite suffering a Covid outbreak that has kept the side out of action since December 11th.

The visitors can move into fifth place with a win and put pressure on the teams above them in the fight for the European places.

Man Utd have experienced a new manager bounce and were in decent form before their Covid break. Despite playing fairly poorly they managed a 1-0 win last time out away at relegation candidates Norwich.

It’s now six games unbeaten in all competitions since Solskjaer’s exit, and having scored in all of their away league games so far this term, Newcastle’s second-rate defence could be in for another tough game at SJP.

The Red Devils have also won each of their last four encounters with Newcastle – scoring at least three goals on each occasion – although they are without a clean sheet against the Magpies since January 2019.

Rangnick’s side have played far from flowing football and often leave space for opposition wingers to attack so there are areas for the home side to expose if they can get the ball to their front three.

It could be a Premier League classic under the lights at St. James’ Park…

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  • Newcastle have won two of their last four Premier League home games against Manchester United (L2).
  • Manchester United have scored 112 Premier League goals against Newcastle – no side has scored more against a single opponent in the competition’s history (Arsenal also 112 vs Everton).
  • Newcastle have conceded 79 Premier League goals in 2021, the joint-most in a single calendar year in the competition (also Ipswich Town in 1994). The last top-flight team to concede more over the course of a year were West Bromwich Albion in 1985 (87).

TEAM NEWS

Emil Krafth and Javi Manquillo are expected to be back in the match-day squad following their respective recovers from illness (not covid) but are unlikely to feature from the start. Paul Dummet has been pictured in training this week but still has some time to go before he is back in contention.

Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez remain unavailable as Isaac Hayden misses the clash this evening due to suspension after picking up five yellows. There are no Covid cases at the club.

Jonjo Shelvey is expected to return after he missed the city clash due to a minor injury, as Ritchie and Murphy may maintain their places in the starting eleven.

Rangnick had 25 players in training this week and has a full squad to chose from with the exception of Paul Pogba who misses out due to injury.

The Red Devils haven’t played in 16 days and will be well-rested heading into the clash at St James Park. Ronaldo is expected to start up front and scored twice the last time the two sides met, in his eagerly awaited return to the Premier League as the team in Red came out 4-1 winners.

Dalot is expected to start in front of Wan-Bissaka once again, as Varane could return to the starting eleven and slot in next to Harry Maguire.

POTENTIAL LINE-UPs

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Pre-match thoughts? Score predictions?

Can NUFC get an unlikely result against the Red Devils? How would your starting eleven look? Who is excited to be at SJP under the lights once again?

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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