We take a look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all return to the United squad after their injury problems. Rojo and Ibrahimovic had been sidelined since April with cruciate ligament problems, whilst Pogba hasn’t played since September due to hamstring trouble. It’s not all good news for Jose Mourinho though, with Phil Jones likely to miss the game after aggravating a pre-existing problem on International duty with England.
Rafa Benitez will have to do without two key men as he looks to spring an upset, with skipper Jamaal Lascelles and winger Christian Atsu sidelined with ankle and thigh problems respectively. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is available for selection once again after sitting out Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark on Tuesday due to a family bereavement. Defender Paul Dummett is back in full training after his hamstring trouble, whilst midfielder Mikel Merino is also due to return from a back strain imminently.
Did you know?
Manchester United have lost just one of their last 32 league games against Newcastle at Old Trafford (W22, D9).
Newcastle have lost 84 times in this fixture in all competitions, more than against any other side.
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mate, Lukaku, Rashford.
Elliot, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Diame, Perez, Joselu.