Manchester United return back to action in the Premier League after their hard-fought 2-0 win against Huddersfield last weekend.
This time, the Red Devils are up against Newcastle at the St James’ Park on Saturday. Manchester United are in the second position in the Premier League table while their opponent occupies the 16th position with just two points from relegation.
After completing a loan move for Leicester City and Chelsea forwards Islam Slimani and Kenedy in January, former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez might make some changes to his starting lineup so as to accommodate the two arrivals.
Rafa could also give goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who joined the club in the winter window, his full debut by bringing him in place of Karl Darlow who hasn’t been doing enough for the Magpies.
Having created an understanding within themselves, the back four might remain untouched for the game. This means that Dummet, Lascelles, Clark and Yedlin are all set to start.
Jonjo Shelvey could is set to start in the middle for Benitez’s team but he will need to be very careful and must be able to control his anger. He could be joined by Matt Ritchie and Kenedy in the middle but both players will operate from the flank.
At the attack, Islam Slimani might replace Dwight Gayle if he his fit for the match. The former Lisbon man is nursing a minor thigh problem but he could be fit ahead of the tie.
The Algerian could be joined by Jose Lucas and Ayoze Perez to complete a three-man Frontline.
The Magpies must avoid defeat against the former Champions so as to remain on course in their relegation battle.
Benitez’s predicted starting lineup in a 4-3-3 formation:
Martin Dubravka; Dummet, Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin; Shelvey, Ritchie, Kenedy; Slimani, Joselu, Ayoze Perez.