Manchester United v Newcastle: Things to look out for
Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka dives to make a save during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Manchester United host Newcastle United at home in the league with eyes on their first win in three, after drawing their last two. United were held against West Brom at the Hawthorns last week and conceded a late goal against Everton on home turf on the 6th of February. Their last convincing win in the Premier League coming against Southampton at Old Trafford on the 2nd of February, a 9-0 mauling by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

Their last competitive league game against Newcastle at Old Trafford resulted in a 4-1 win. Two goals from Anthony Martial, and a goal each from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, gave the Red Devils an easy win in December 2019.

In United's last outing in the league, they failed to break down a West Brom side fighting desperately for their lives, a team in the relegation zone, staring down the barrel of the Sky Bet Championship. The Baggies went ahead in the opening stages, Mbaye Diagne the successor, but United did hit back with a brilliant strike from Bruno Fernandes, their reliable man just before half time.

The Red Devils were unable to break the hosts down in the second, settling for just the point. Currently United sit in second spot, ten points the difference amongst themselves and Manchester City in first place.  

Below is all you need to know ahead of the Premier League contest at Old Trafford.

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  • What team is Solskjaer likely to name?

Paul Pogba and Phil Jones are definitely still out but there are others who need to be assessed at the Aon Training Complex. Phil Jones remains out with a knee injury which rules him out. Donny Van De Beek and Edinson Cavani did not travel to Turin but may be available for Sunday's game, whilst Scott McTominay seemed to be struggling with a problem, being replaced on the 60 minute mark against Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League.

After making his debut on Thursday, Amad Diallo will be pushing for a first Premier League appearance, though Greenwood and Rashford are more likely to get the nod in the wide areas. 

David De Gea, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw should all return after remaining unused substitutes in Rome, while Martial should start if fit enough, particularly if Cavani remains out of action. Nemanja Matic is on hand if either McTominay or Fred require a breather in midfield, while further forward Dan James will be pushing to retain his starting spot.

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  • Head-to-Head

18 Nov 2017, Manchester United v Newcastle United, (W) 4-1, Premier League.

06 Oct 2018, Manchester United v Newcastle United, (W) 3-2, Premier League. 

26 Dec 2019, Manchester United v Newcastle United , (W) 4-1, Premier League.

  • Possible Starting XI?

De Gea: Wan Bisakka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani.