Like so many times before under Steve Bruce, Newcastle United are under pressure to respond after another poor performance.

The Magpies barely laid a glove on Chelsea, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat that arguably should have been more.

Things don’t get any easier for Bruce, who takes his side to Old Trafford, where Newcastle haven’t won since December 2013.

Dummett in, Lewis out

Newcastle were all over the shop defensively on Monday night, particularly at full back.

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Emil Krafth was given the run around by Timo Werner, while Jamal Lewis was caught napping for Chelsea’s second.

While we’ve got no other options at right-back, Bruce does have an alternative on the opposite side.

Paul Dummett was last season coming off the bench and performing heroically in a 3-2 win over Southampton.

He doesn’t thrive going forward, but defensively you can’t ask for much more.

Lewis has struggled a lot since his £15million arrival, and as the need for points increases, Bruce needs reliable players in defence. That’s exactly what Paul Dummett is.

No place for Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick missed the Chelsea defeat due to suspension.


He’s available once again for the game against Manchester United, but there’s no way he should return to the starting XI.

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Bruce will likely continue with the same midfield that struggled at Stamford Bridge.

Isaac Hayden will have a hard job in keeping Bruno Fernandes quiet, while Joe Willock needs to play like he did against Southampton rather than Chelsea.

As for Jonjo Shelvey, while he’s the least in form midfielder, his place in Bruce’s team doesn’t feel under threat.

Another chance for Gayle

Dwight Gayle got the nod on Monday night, starting up front in place of Callum Wilson.

However, the forward was fairly anonymous until he was subbed off in the second half.

But Bruce should endeavour with Gayle, as he looks to regain match sharpness after a lengthy spell out of the side.

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Newcastle need goals, and chopping and changing his striker is hardly going to fill anyone with confidence.

But the longer Gayle does struggle, the more likely it is that Joelinton or even Andy Carroll will get a chance to fill the void left by Wilson.

Predicted XI to face Man United: Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Willock, Shelvey, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Gayle.

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