Manchester United will renew acquaintances against Eddie Howe when we travel to Newcastle United on Monday.
If the game goes ahead, Ralf Rangnick’s side will be playing their first game in 16 days, following the back-to-back postponements against Brentford and Brighton.
Things look to have taken a positive step in the right direction with reports circulating that United are due back at Carrington to resume first team training today.
Unlike the Reds, Newcastle haven’t had any of their matches called off, but they have conceded 11 goals in three games, following three consecutive defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.
United hoping to avoid repeat of 2015
Following Bournemouth’s meteoric rise to the Premier League, Howe was given the opportunity to pit his wits against some of the biggest clubs and managers in the world.
However, in United’s first-ever clash against the 44-year-old, the Cherries secured a historic 2-1 win against Louis van Gaal’s United at the Vitality Stadium, back in December 2015.
Bournemouth were in dreamland after only two minutes when Junior Stanislas scored direct from a corner, something no doubt that David de Gea will not look back on with fond memories.
Marouane Fellaini bundled home an equaliser for United, who had Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all starting in the back four.
But United were once again caught out via another corner and former Red Joshua King slotted home a winner.
Since that defeat, United beat Bournemouth in seven of the last nine meetings, but we did lose our last away trip to Howe.
Overall against Eddie Howe, United have won seven, drawn once and lost twice against the former Cherries manager.
St James’ Park is going to be a cauldron of noise when United travel to Tyneside for the first clash between the sides following Newcastle’s lucrative takeover.
The atmosphere is always electric between Newcastle and United, but this clash will carry extra meaning with the Magpies in a relegation dogfight.
Howe will be hoping that lightening strikes twice against United and he wins his first clash against us as Newcastle’s new manager.
Ralf Rangnick’s side should have the quality to punish the league’s leakiest defence, but it will be a battle and United will have to stand up to the challenge and no doubt overcome some testing periods in the match.
We cannot afford to fold and crumble like we did in our first meeting against Eddie Howe.
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