An injury-ravaged Newcastle United welcome Manchester United to St James' Park on Saturday evening for a highly-anticipated Premier League clash.
Newcastle’s squad depth is being tested to the limit and Eddie Howe didn’t make a single change in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, as his side were denied a famous victory by a controversial stoppage-time penalty.
A lot is being asked of the current crop of fit players for the Magpies, but they continue to deliver for the manager and another positive home result can be achieved on Saturday.
St James’ Park has become a fortress and last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea was the fifth in a row in the league for the Tyneside outfit, who have only lost to Liverpool in their own backyard in the top-flight this term.
Since the start of 2022, Newcastle have lost just four of their 35 league assignments at home, rubber-stamping how big a force they have been in front of their own fans.
Howe’s troops welcome a United side who are still reeling from the 3-3 draw at Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, a result which has severely hampered their chances of making the last 16.
Erik ten Hag’s side have looked shaky at the back and, although they are searching for a fifth straight away win in the league, it’s noticeable those four victories came against sides in the bottom half of the table.
However, the Red Devils have looked good in the final third and they have scored three times in each of their last three matches across all competitions, so they should have enough to breach a Newcastle defence that will be tired from their Paris excursion.
One of Newcastle’s star players this season has been Anthony Gordon, who has been rewarding the faith the club showed in him when forking out £40million for his services in January.
The 22-year-old has scored five times in the league and that has already surpassed his best scoring return for a single season.
Four of those strikes have come at St James’ Park, with three coming in the last three home assignments against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Gordon has only been on the losing side once in the five matches he has netted in this season and he can keep that fine record going by scoring in a Newcastle win.
Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Javier Manquillo and Sven Botman are all missing in defence, while Sandro Tonali (suspended), Elliot Anderson, Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock are unavailable in midfield.
The forward trio of Jacob Murphy, Callum Wilson, and Harvey Barnes are also absent.
United are without Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Mason Mount, Jonny Evans, Christian Eriksen, Amad Diallo and Tyrell Malacia due to injury. Jadon Sancho’s exile from the first team also continues.
Newcastle have won six of their seven home assignments in the league this season, with the only blemish a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
The Magpies have the joint second-best attack in the division, scoring 31 goals, while their record of 14 goals against is the fourth best.
Manchester United have won their last four away games in the top-flight, although those victories came against sides that are in the bottom half of the table.
The Red Devils are without a win from their last two trips to Tyneside, drawing 1-1 in December 2021 before losing 2-0 last season.
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