MATCH PREVIEW – Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Howe’s side look to avoid fourth straight defeat
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).
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.
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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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary
Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.
The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.
Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.
Something I mentioned last night on @tfNUFC: Camera crews have been filming behind-the-scenes at Newcastle United for a four-part documentary to be shown on Amazon.
The series will chart the club & its owners as they attempt to win a trophy & qualify for The Champ League #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2023
Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.
🗓️ 26.02.23@ManUtd 🆚 @NUFC #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/V23zWPDoxP
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 1, 2023
The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.
The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed, Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.
The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.
Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.
It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.
What do you think Newcastle fans?
Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.
This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.
Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche.
But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.
This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.
Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.
Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.
Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.
In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.
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