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.

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Freddie Woodman (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

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.

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Karl Darlow (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

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.

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Karl Darlow (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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:

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