Newcastle take on Manchester United in a huge Saturday night clash at St James’ Park as Eddie Howe’s side look to build on their Premier League form.
Following midweek Champions League disappointment against PSG after VAR controversy, Howe will be looking to use that frustration against Erik ten Hag’s team.
However, after a disappointing draw themselves, Man United will also be looking to ignite their top-four push as they sit four points off the Champions League places.
League form has been better for ten Hag’s team, winning five of their last six games adding an interesting level of competition to this game considering the current injury crisis in the North East.
Newcastle though have players in form as well despite the lack of availability within the squad. Anthony Gordon has been involved in six goals in his last seven games, as well as Nick Pope who was in fine form against PSG.
Newcastle still have several first-team regulars on the sidelines. Callum Wilson, Sven Botman, Jacob Murphy, Dan Burn, Joe Willock, Harvey Barnes and Matt Targett are among the Magpies’ long-term absentees, while Sean Longstaff will be evaluated.
That could mean 17-year-old Lewis Miley continues in midfield after impressing in recent weeks, as well as starring in the Champions League.
The injuries did not impact their last league outing though, as they defeated Chelsea 4-1 at St James’ Park.
Newcastle beat Man United the last time the two sides met, winning 3-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup. They also won their last Premier League game against ten Hag’s side, winning 2-0 at St James’ Park in April following their League Cup final defeat earlier in the season.
A third straight win against Man United will be the first time Newcastle have recorded three consecutive victories against the Manchester side since 1922 highlighting the rarity and difficulty the task Eddie Howe faces on Saturday evening.