Manchester United v Newcastle: match preview

Manchester United v Newcastle
Manchester United v Newcastle: probable starters in bold, contenders in light Illustration: Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo has already taken the shirt number off Edinson Cavani’s back and is likely to steal his starting spot for his first appearance for Manchester United since May 2009. Newcastle could be without their own, arguably slightly lower-wattage, star attacker as Callum Wilson is suffering with a thigh injury. Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Fraser are also absent but Paraguayan playmaker Miguel Almirón is available to play. In non-Ronaldo news, Mason Greenwood is in red-hot form and, after his curious England omission, should be perfectly rested to torment Newcastle. Alex Reid

Saturday 3pm

Venue Old Trafford

Last season Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1

Referee Anthony Taylor

This season G3 Y9 R1 3.33 cards/game

Odds H 1-4 A 16-1 D 7-1

MANCHESTER UNITED

Subs from Henderson, Grant, Heaton, Shoretire, Mata, Hannibal, Elanga, Diallo, Bailly, Dalot, Mengi, Pereira, Garner, Fred, Martial, Cavani, Lingard, Jones, Telles

Doubtful None

Injured Rashford (shoulder, Oct), McTominay (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y8 R0

Form WDW

Leading scorers Fernandes, Greenwood 3

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Woodman, Clark, Murphy, Schär, Krafth, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Gayle, Fraser, Wilson

Doubtful Darlow (match fitness), Wilson (thigh, unknown), Fraser (ankle, unknown)

Injured Dubravka (foot, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y8 R0

Form LLD

Leading scorer Wilson 2


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