Manchester United return to action in the Premier League on Sunday looking to use momentum from Thursday’s convincing Europa League win.

The 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad has given United a vital confidence boost after the draw at West Brom a week ago.

There are a number of selection issues and injuries for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to work through.

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Back to normality in defence?

We know how this works by now. David de Gea will return as goalkeeper, before Dean Henderson plays in the second leg of the Europa League next week.

There will be a familiar back four too. Eric Bailly was terrific against Sociedad, but will Solskjaer really select him for two games in a row?

We would expect Victor Lindelof to come back in, although this could be a tactical error if Newcastle throw Andy Carroll up against him.

Alex Telles also played well in Italy. Despite this, Luke Shaw will almost certainly replace him for this fixture.

Limited midfield options

Injuries are hampering United’s choices in midfield. Scott McTominay had to be substituted against Sociedad after 59 minutes.


Paul Pogba is still out, while Donny van de Beek is recuperating from a muscle injury which kept him out of the Sociedad game. He is more likely to start the second leg than this fixture.

This leaves Nemanja Matic and Fred in midfield to face Newcastle along with Bruno Fernandes.

Who starts in attack?

With Edinson Cavani also fighting for fitness, expect Anthony Martial to lead the line. He came off the bench against Sociedad after winning his own injury battle and should be ready to start this one.

Then it is a case of two from three. Dan James has put himself into the mix after his strong performance against Sociedad.

Solskjaer must choose between James, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, with one sitting out.

It will most likely be Greenwood on the bench, with a front three of Rashford, Martial and James.

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In: De Gea, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Martial

Out: Henderson, Bailly, Telles, McTominay, Greenwood

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