Newcastle are aiming to complete their first domestic double over Manchester United since the 1930/1931 season when they make the trip to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side can be backed to get back to winning ways nevertheless.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Thursday 26th, December
Kick-off: 18:30 UK time
Venue: Old Trafford
TV Channel: Amazon Prime
Manchester United saw their bubble bursted last weekend when lowly Watford ended their six-game unbeaten streak in some breathless fashion.
Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney struck second half goals in Hertfordshire to leave the Red Devils empty handed, their fifth league loss this term. Clearly, Solksjaer’s team seem not to have learnt how to beat the modest sides in the division, as four of their losses so far has come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table.
Coming into this one, Newcastle pulled to the same number of points (25) as their opponents after besting Crystal Palace 1-0, thanks to a late goal from Miguel Almiron at St James’ Park.
That was the third win the Magpies have recorded in their last four games, and speaks a lot about their determination after toying with relegation earlier this season. They beat their hosts 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October, but have not won at Old Trafford since 2013.
Paul Pogba made his long awaited comeback from injury in the clash with Watford and is itching for a start here.
Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are both nearing full fitness but this game should come too soon.
Paul Dummett suffered a groin injury against Crystal Palace and is a doubt to start here.
Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ciaran Clark are all ruled out for this one.
Head to head
This will be the 169th time the two teams have faced off in a competitive meeting since 1895. Manchester United have won 86 of those games, Newcastle have 43 and 39 matches have been drawn.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 home games versus Newcastle in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Newcastle’s last three away games in the Premier League.
Manchester United are running the risk of missing out of Champions League qualification by their league standing, as they are now seven points off Chelsea who occupy the last of the spots. Manchester United’s last five league games (DWWDL)
Newcastle can feel motivated coming into this one, and they can even leapfrog their opposition with another big result. Newcastle’s last five league games (DWWLW)
Both teams have failed to score in three of the last four games between these two teams, and I think a win to nil will very much suffice from this tight-looking encounter. A ‘NO’ for Both teams to score is priced 4/5, while you can also pick a home win for 4/11.
Marcus Rashford normally carries the biggest goal threat for the Red Devils and he can be backed to open the floodgates here for 12/5.