When Newcastle’s takeover went through, there was a worry the beleaguered Geordies could turn into one of the titans of English football. While that may happen in time, it is a long way off just yet.
Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1 earlier in the season, and the second fixture between the two teams is ideally timed, providing it goes ahead.
The match is currently scheduled for December 27 and United hope the Covid situation will have cleared up, which has forced the club’s last two league matches to be postponed.
Playing Newcastle now would be well timed, firstly because it will come before the newly-rich club get a chance to strengthen in the transfer window.
Newcastle are currently in the midst of a losing streak in which they are shipping goals. Leicester beat them 4-0, Liverpool 3-1, and Manchester City 4-0 yesterday.
While these three teams also caused us no end of problems during a similar run, it has killed off any momentum Newcastle looked to build after registering a win over Burnley in early December, their first under new boss Eddie Howe.
With 11 goals conceded in three games, this is a perfect time for a fresh Manchester United side to visit Newcastle.
United beat Newcastle 4-1 at St James’ Park last season and might fancy the chances of a similar result again.
United availability still unclear
At this early stage of the week it is unclear who might be or might not be available for Manchester United by next Sunday’s game.
Potentially, Edinson Cavani may be back from injury after the extended break. He was pictured training before the Brentford game was cancelled. So there is potential he could get to partner Cristiano Ronaldo up front for just the second time in a Red Devils shirt.
The last time Cavani and Ronaldo played alongside each other it was a 3-0 away with over Tottenham in which both players scored.
Newcastle’s leaky defence could be lambs to the slaughter against two outstanding forwards. Newcastle’s poor recent run and no doubt battered confidence should prompt Ralf Rangnick to send his side out to attack.
The game is set up for a morale boosting goal glut for Manchester United. We just need to hope it goes ahead now and there is no third successive postponement.
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