Manchester United travel down south to Newcastle United on Monday as the Red Devils return to action following two-match postponements due to Covid-19. With Ralf Rangnick confirming the availability of every squad member, with the exception of Paul Pogba, for the game against the Magpies, the German manager will be keen on securing three points in the team’s pursuit for top-four over the remainder of the campaign.
An uninspiring, yet indispensable, three points at the Carrow Road Stadium saw the Red Devils display a questionable performance against Norwich City. The Red Devils currently stand five points off a Champions League spot with two games in hand and will be hoping to capitalize on their favourable run of fixtures over the coming weeks. With several players in need of first-team minutes and gaining consistency, Rangnick will be hoping to grant adequate opportunities to each player.
Manchester United Predicted Lineup Against Newcastle United (Formation 4-2-2-2)
With players having received a much-needed rest owing to postponements, Rangnick is likely to make minor changes to the starting line-up on Monday. While the German is expected to inspire a relatively improved performance from their previous outing, he will also be hoping to establish his best starting line-up over the coming weeks.
Facing a relegation battling Newcastle United side, Manchester United head in as overwhelming favourites for a victory on Monday. With the battle for a top-four spot set to grow overwhelmingly intriguing over the coming weeks, the Red Devils will be keen on finding their rhythm and delivering convincing performances.
David De Gea (GK) – Expected to remain amongst the foremost names on the team sheet, De Gea is most likely to start between the sticks on Monday. The Spaniard has been United’s most impressive performer this season and will be keen on maintaining his form over the coming weeks.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – Having displayed promising performances in recent weeks, Dalot is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up on Monday. Nevertheless, the Portuguese international will be keen on finding consistency and cementing his place at full-back over the upcoming games.
Raphael Varane (RCB) – A crucial part of the backline, Varane is expected to regain his place at centre-back after recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in early November. The Frenchman’s experience will certainly aid in solidifying the defence as the gaffer looks towards making a positive change on the attacking side of the pitch over the coming months.
Harry Maguire (LCB) – While question marks persist over Maguire’s performances, the centre-back is likely to remain a first-team regular moving forward. With the games coming thick and fast, the Englishman man will be hoping to improve his displays ahead of a crucial set of fixtures.
Alex Telles (LB) – With Luke Shaw likely to challenge for the left-back place over the remainder of the campaign, Telles will be keen on delivering consistent performances over the coming weeks. The Brazilian remains United’s first-choice option for the role but will be wary of any slip-ups heading into a demanding set of fixtures.
Scott McTominay (RCM) – Having displayed a relatively improved performance against Norwich, McTominay is likely to retain his spot against Newcastle. While concerns remain over his consistency and overall ability in aiding across both sides of the pitch, McTominay remains amongst the players eager to impress the manager over the coming months.
Fred (LCM) – Fred has been the team’s most impressive performer. He is expected to remain a vital part of Rangnick’s starting line-up. Moreover, with the lack of suitable challengers for his position, the Brazilian international will be keen on staying fit and making a significant contribution to the result moving forward.
Jadon Sancho (RAM) – Likely to improve his performance moving forward, Sancho will be keen on cementing his place in the line-up amidst strong competition for the attacking places. With the system in need of proactive creators, the youngster emerges as a player vital to Rangnick’s plans moving forward.
Bruno Fernandes (LAM) – With questions being raised over his suitability to the new system, Fernandes will be keen on silencing his doubters over the coming weeks. The midfielder remains an essential part of the first-team line-up but will be hoping to improve his overall performance.
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Cristiano Ronaldo (RF) – Vital to United’s results this season, Ronaldo will be keen on improving his goal tally over the coming months. With Manchester United in dire need of finding consistent results, the Portuguese striker will remain a crucial part of the starting line-up against Newcastle United.
Mason Greenwood (LF) – With Marcus Rashford enduring a difficult run of form since returning from injury, Greenwood has proven deserving of an opportunity against the Toons. Provided the youngster is granted a place in the starting line-up, he will be keen on delivering a promising performance on Monday.
Predicted Score: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester United
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