Predicted Manchester United line-up v Newcastle

Manchester United visit Newcastle on Monday night to play their first game in 16 days.

United are looking to record a fourth Premier League win in a row return to action after a Covid outbreak caused the postponement of their games against Brentford and Brighton.

United won 4-1 over Newcastle in September, when Cristiano Ronaldo made his second debut and the Magpies were still managed by former Red Devils captain Steve Bruce.

How will United line up?

Rangnick told his pre-match press conference that he has everyone except for Paul Pogba back in full training.

That means the likes of Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane should be available for selection again but also that the team he picked against Norwich is fully available.

He has so far opted for a 4-2-2-2 system and although it did not work out that well against Norwich performance-wise, United still got the win.

Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are fit again but Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles have been two of the best performers under Rangnick.

They are also both better suited to providing the attacking width than their English counterparts and that is why we have got them both back in here.

Harry Maguire and David de Gea are shoo-ins to start, and we’ve got Victor Lindelof keeping his place because Rangnick has stated multiple times his desire to be careful with Varane.

In midfield, Donny van de Beek may come in but it would be a surprise if Scott McTominay and Fred did not start in those ‘number six’ roles.

Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images

Of course it is not known when United players caught Covid and whether any of the players are suffering any lingering effects.

That would influence the selection here, but we have got Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho keeping their places here.

Fernandes could not complain if he was dropped after his Norwich performance, but Rangnick may well keep faith with him because he is a match-winner.

The one change we have is Marcus Rashford dropping out in place of Mason Greenwood.

Rashford was poor against Norwich, too easily knocked off the ball and wayward with his touch, while Greenwood has scored one and set up another goal in the Rangnick era so far and deserves a start up front.

Thoughts? Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment
Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.