Newcastle United take on Manchester United as the Premier League returns this weekend.
The Magpies are still looking for their first win of the season.
Steve Bruce has overseen defeats to West Ham United and Aston Villa, and a draw against Southampton.
The club have also gone out of the Carabao Cup, losing to Burnley on penalties.
Concerningly, Newcastle have been leaking quite a lot of goals so far.
Eight in three league games means they have the joint-third worst defensive record so far.
The man to have conceded those eight goals has been Freddie Woodman, who is finally getting his chance to impress at St. James’ Park.
Woodman spent the last two seasons on loan at Swansea City, and had been set to join Bournemouth for this term on loan.
But Martin Dubravka undergoing surgery, and Karl Darlow having Covid-19 has allowed him an opportunity.
£25,000-a-week star Darlow (Spotrac) has really struggled with the virus, but has actually now resumed training according to the Chronicle.
It remains to be seen whether Bruce will drop Woodman and replace him with Darlow.
Newcastle fans react
Toon fans have been discussing who should take position between the sticks at Old Trafford.
It seems fans are quite split. Some Woodman has not really done anything to warrant getting the axe. While others are keen to see Darlow return.
With the Chronicle asking for people’s thoughts, here were some responses:
I think woodmans done enough to keep his place…think defensively we’ve been poor which makes hit goals conceded seem poor…personally biggest change I’d make would be bringing in Longstaff Willock and Hayden as 3 CMS and bring in Jamal Lewis at LB/LWB
— Blaine Murphy (@BlaineMurphy18) September 9, 2021
No think woodman is future number 1. If we drop him now he will gone and come back to haunt us. Don’t think there is much in it between these 2
— Tom86 (@Tom8611) September 9, 2021
No, Woodman has done nothing wrong and is probably the better keeper.
— Wolfbane (@Mr_Wolfbane) September 9, 2021
— MickB🇬🇧 (@MicknDenise1978) September 9, 2021
Yep WOODMAN not ready yet
— damo (@damoingram77) September 9, 2021
— Dan Evz 🏴 (@DannyEvz) September 9, 2021
Last year we kept Darlow in despite the vastly superior Dubravka being fit because he hadn’t made mistakes…
Surely then this applies to Woodman also?
— HVH (@HoltzvonHoltzer) September 9, 2021