Manchester United vs Newcastle: Team news
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Daniel James of Manchester United scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on February 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to introduce Cristiano Ronaldo back to United fans as he returns to the Red Devils. United are third in the league with Tottenham Hotspur sitting in 1st position with nine points out of their three games. A win could throw United back at the foot of the table.

Previously both United and Newcastle registered points as the Red Devils were 1-0 winners at Molineux, the Magpies registering a point at home to Southampton in a thrilling 2-2 draw. A goal a piece for both sides in stoppage time made for a phenomenal finish as Allan Saint Maximin goal in the 91st minute was crushed in the dying ends of the game by James Ward Prowse who equalised for the Saints from the spot making sure they took a point away from home.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has trained alongside his new teammates this week, and the Portuguese is expected to go straight into the Starting XI on Saturday afternoon at centre-forward. Jadon Sancho has recovered from the problem that forced him to pull out of the England squad, and the summer arrival could join Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes as part of a front four.

Scott McTominay is back in training following groin surgery but might just miss out this weekend, while Brazil international Fred, as it stands, is suspended due to a FIFA ban, so Donny Van De Beek could be in line for a rare start in midfield alongside Paul Pogba. Marcus Rashford is still unavailable with the forward recovering from a shoulder operation, but Dean Henderson, Alex Telles and Phil Jones are all back in full training for the club.  

Eric Bailly returned from his Ivory Coast commitments to work at Carrington on Wednesday but his international colleague Amad Diallo remains sidelined. Raphael Varane has still to appear in the red shirt at the Theatre of Dreams but he, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all seemed to come through with France unscathed so he could be in line to keep his place at the heart of the defence. Jesse Lingard impressed for England in the recent win over Andorra, scoring twice and will be another hoping for an opportunity.

As for Newcastle, Callum Wilson picked up a tight problem in the draw with Southampton before the international break and is set to miss out, meaning that Joe Linton could feature alongside Saint-Maximin as part of a front two. Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser and Elliot Anderson will also be unavailable through injury, but Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow and Paul Dummett have a chance of being involved. 

Miguel Almiron was thought to be suspended due to the same ruling that will force Fred to miss this match, but Bruce said in his press conference that the attacker was available for selection. Bruce is likely to keep faith with a 3-5-2 formation for the trip to Old Trafford, with Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy set to feature in the wing back areas for the visitors. 

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