The difficult run of fixtures continues for Eddie Howe, as Newcastle United welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park.
It’s less daunting than the clashes with Liverpool and Manchester City, but it will still be an incredibly tough game for the Magpies.
The last time Newcastle beat Man United was in October 2019, when Matty Longstaff scored a dramatic winner.
Howe is likely to make multiple changes to the team that lost to Man City, but who will be in his starting XI?
Fabian Schar recalled to Newcastle lineup
Fabian Schar was rested against Manchester City, and his presence was hugely missed.
Ciaran Clark took his place, and he was at fault for the opening goal of the game. It was a criminal error – the second in as many appearances for the 32-year-old.
Schar has to take his place, and Newcastle’s lack of fit centre-backs mean he’ll start next to Jamaal Lascelles.
Javi Manquillo will hopefully return at right-back, while Matt Ritchie will be on the opposite side due to Jamal Lewis’ injury.
Howe makes three changes in midfield against Man United
Howe used a midfield five in the previous two games, but that should change against Ralf Rangnick’s side. We expect Newcastle to go back to 4-4-2.
Jonjo Shelvey will hopefully return after missing the Man City game completely. He seems likely to start next to Joe Willock, with Isaac Hayden suspended and Sean Longstaff out of favour.
The other return in midfield should be Allan Saint-Maximin. The £16.5million Frenchman was rightly rested against City, but will be pivotal if we’re to get anything against the Red Devils. He should start in place of Miguel Almiron.
The change in system should mean Joelinton and Callum Wilson play up front together. Can one of them grab a winner and hand Newcastle an unlikely three points? Here’s hoping…
Predicted XI vs Man United: Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Ritchie; Fraser, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton, Wilson.