Newcastle United host Manchester United at St James' Park in the Premier League with both teams hard-pressed for a win.
Steve Bruce was never a fan favourite to replace the outgoing Rafael Benitez, who delivered more than satisfactory finishes in the last two seasons despite working on a very tight budget. And the return of just one win has left Newcastle faithful bemused and with a more sense of displeasure. Nobody seems to have the idea where the club is heading, but that's a reality as well that the Toons are very much in for a long and arduous journey this season. Relegation lies within a palpable realism.
While the money has never been a problem for Manchester United. But the vast pockets doesn't imply for good judgement and that's where United have been out mastered by their rivals.
Poor recruitment is the main reason why the Red Devils are playing the catchup game with both Manchester City and Liverpool. But there's no denying either that the current squad is good enough for the top-four.
Certainly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure.
The Premier League match will be played between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The ground has a capacity of 52,405.
The game will start at 09:00 PM (IST), on Sunday, October 06.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Newcastle United – W L D L D L
Manchester United – W W L W W D
Newcastle United Team News:
Isaac Hayden begins his three-game ban with this game. The 24-year-old English midfielder was sent off during Newcastle's 5-0 thumping at Leicester City.
The hosts continue to be without Matt Richie (ankle) and Florian Lejeune (knee.
Dwight Gayle could be in contention to play for the first time in 18 months after recovering from a calf injury.
While Allan Saint-Maximin should be ready to start following the full recovery from a knock.
In addition, Steve Bruce may welcome wing-back Jetro Willems (knee) and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) to the matchday roster.
Newcastle United Probable XI:
Dubravka (GK), Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Yedlin, Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron, Atsu, Muto, Joelinton
Manchester United FC Team News:
Jesse Lingard joins Manchester United's growing injury list after the England international injured his hamstring in 0-0 draw away at AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.
Paul Pogba is also out due to an ankle injury, as is the fellow teammate Anthony Martial who is yet to recover fully from a thigh injury.
Ole will also have to make do without summer arrival Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness), Eric Bailly (hamstring), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee), Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Phil Jones (match fitness) for this match.
Manchester United Probable XI:
De Gea (GK), Rojo, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot, Matic, McTominay, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Pereira, Rashford
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Joelinton: Newcastle United's record summer signing is due a goal or two.
Miguel Almiron: One of the most creative players in this team. The 25-year-old Paraguayan is good enough to fill the void left by Ayoze Perez.
Marcus Rashford: His form has taken a dip, but against a team lacking strength in both the direction, the 21-year-old can end his four-game barren run in front of goal.
Daniel James: The 21-year-old Welshman has been the find of the season so far. Big future awaits him.
MUN vs NEW Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester United should at least get a draw here.