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The international break couldn’t have come at a better time for Man Utd after they were humiliated by Spurs at Old Trafford, their joint-heaviest defeat in the Premier League era.
That result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shorten drastically to be the next manager to be given his marching orders, but the problems for us seem to be further up the hierarchy and their shortcomings may well continue a little while longer.
Newcastle have had a more promising start to the season with two wins from their four outings, as their sole stalemate came at Spurs, while they lost out to Brighton.
However, they did beat Burnley at St James’ Park last time out 3-1 and with them into the quarters of the League Cup having beaten Morecambe 7-0 and scraped past Newport County on penalties, they’ll no doubt pose a threat to the Red Devils this weekend.
Newcastle Double Chance
The Magpies hold an advantageous W2-D1-L1 from their four head-to-heads with their visitors at this stadium since the start of the 2015/16 season too, as they’ve been somewhat of a bogey team for Man Utd.
Each of the last three meetings saw a maximum of just two goals, while both of Newcastle’s victories finished 1-0, though we’d be surprised to see a repeat of that low scoring nature.
Only West Brom have conceded more than the visitors 11 goals this season, while that hasn’t exactly led to more goals the other end of the pitch for them, as 12 teams have already scored more than them, one of which being Newcastle.
In fact, two of Man Utd’s five strikes have come from the penalty spot, while another was thanks to Lewis Dunk’s own goal and scoring goals has been a struggle for them this season and we hardly expect the arrival of Edison Cavani to change that too much.
It should be noted though, that they remain unbeaten from their last 16 trips to opposition across all competitions dating back to late January, including each of their three this campaign.
They certainly don’t look like a team capable of holding that unbeaten away record at the minute though, with their three such victories this term coming against Luton and Brighton (twice), as they were fortunate not to be overturned by the Seagulls at the AMEX in the only league encounter and confidence has hit an all-time low.
By contrast, Newcastle have a respectable W2-D1-L1 from their last four meetings with ‘Big Six’ opposition when excluding runaway leaders Liverpool, and they will fancy their chances of overturning the Red Devils yet again.
Callum Wilson To Score Anytime
Callum Wilson has been the man the hosts have turned too for inspiration in the scoring department this campaign, and along with winger Allan Saint-Maximin they make a deadly duo.
The English striker has had a hand in five of their six goals this campaign and considering the rate at which Solskjaer’s men are leaking goals, we wouldn’t be surprised if he added to that tally.
He’s now netted three goals from his last two outings, with a brace at this stadium in the last of them and he looks well priced to continue his strong run of form.