Manchester United will be looking to turn around their torrid away form when they travel to Newcastle United at the weekend.
The Red Devils played out an abject goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night, failing to register a single shot on target.
It extended their run of games without an away win to 10 across all competitions, since they shocked Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March.
But they may have the perfect remedy for that, as they travel to face a Newcastle side seriously struggling under Steve Bruce.
The Magpies are still awaiting their first home win of the season, drawing two and losing one of their three games so far. Those two draws make up 40% of their total points this season, and fans are not happy.
Newcastle appear to have regressed since Rafael Benitez left in the summer and, right now, things don’t look like changing.
Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news ahead of Newcastle vs Manchester United.
When is Newcastle v Manchester United and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Sunday, 6 October
Kick-off: 4:30 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
Last five meetings: Newcastle v Man Utd
02 January 2019: Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd (Premier League)
06 October 2018: Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
11 February 2018: Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd (Premier League)
18 November 2017: Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
12 January 2016: Newcastle 3-3 Man Utd (Premier League)
Aggregate score: Newcastle (LLWLD) 7-12 Man Utd (WWLWD)
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Ones to watch
Not many will give Newcastle a chance to getting anything out of Sunday’s match, but if they are to, the Magpies will need Joelinton on form.
The club’s record signing hasn’t been the best striker so far this season, scoring just one goal from 13 shots – three of which have hit the target – but he can cause problems to Man United’s defence.
Joelinton has proven himself to be a bit of a nuisance across the season, winning an impressive 30 aerial duels so far, while also winning possession in the final third five times – more than any other Newcastle player.
Key stat: Joelinton has won 46 duels in the Premier League this season, more than any other Newcastle player.
Man Utd: David de Gea
Manchester United have been fairly uninspiring in attack of late, managing just seven goals in their past nine games across all competitions since starting the new campaign with a 4-0 win over Chelsea.
But having struggled slightly over the past year, David de Gea seems to be finding some form. The Spaniard has recorded two Premier League clean sheets so far – just five off his tally of last season – and could be in for another one this weekend.
De Gea has also managed 21 saves so far, helping United to have the joint-third best defence in the Premier League. Only Leicester and Liverpool (both five) have conceded fewer goals than Man United’s seven.
Key stat: David de Gea has saved 75% of the shot he’s faced in the Premier League this season.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 6, 2019
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 6, 2019
Manchester United have been terrible on the road since that night in Paris but Newcastle have been just as bad, if not worse, overall in recent weeks. The Magpies are winless in their past five games across all competitions and were thumped 5-0 by Leicester last weekend. Man United aren’t in that kind of form, but they should still return to winning ways at St James’ Park.
Scoreline prediction: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester United