Newcastle take on Manchester United on Sunday, with the visitors suffering yet more injury worries ahead of a game neither manager can afford to lose.

Steve Bruce will never get a better chance to beat the club he played for, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having not won a game away from home in any of their last 10.

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Already without the influential Paul Pogba for the game, Solskjaer saw Jess Lingard “tweak” his hamstring in the Europa League game with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, with the manager telling Sky Sports he hopes it is “not as serious as first feared”.

They are also set to be without Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly, which means a patched up Red Devils side, with a lot of youth and relative inexperience, could be there for the taking this weekend.

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Certainly Bruce will be hoping for a response following the horrible showing at Leicester last week, and although a game against a ‘big six’ side is not ideal, it could bizarrely work in his favour.

Newcastle actually have an opportunity to beat Manchester United this weekend

It is strange, because normally, Manchester United would be expected to win the game easily, given Newcastle’s woeful form.


But with the alleged crisis at Old Trafford, Newcastle are actually being tipped by some experts to grab a victory, which would be the perfect fillip for the beleaguered Bruce.

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Of course, it will need Bruce to devise a game-plan that will work, and surely the best chance they have will be to start enigmatic winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who must be champing at the bit to show the fans what he can do.

Certainly in the couple of cameo appearances he has made, he looks like the perfect weapon to maximise any counter-attacking chances we get, and quite why he was left out at Leicester in favour of Yoshinori Muto last week, is unfathomable.

So if Solskjaer is without both Pogba and Lingard on Sunday, the omens could be on Newcastle’s side, for a change.

Steve Bruce will certainly be praying they are, at least.

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