Febrero 24, 2018

Manchester United Confirmed lineup vs Newcastle: Pogba, Martial return to starting eleven

11 Febrero 2018, 08:29 | Gerardo Tarin

Pogba has followed Becks as the face of Predator boots- as well as into the United midfield

Pogba has followed Becks as the face of Predator boots- as well as into the United midfield

And while Ibrahimovic, continually linked with a potential summer move to Major League Soccer's (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy, joined in sessions with his teammates at Carrington on Wednesday [7 February], the trip to St James' Park will come too soon in his recovery.

United bounced back from their recent 2-0 defeat to Tottenham with a 2-0 victory of their own against Huddersfield. The Red Devils also have an impressive five-point lead over arch-rivals and third-placed Liverpool FC but could run the risk of the Reds making up some ground should United fail to gather all three points against the lowly Newcastle.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are just grasping for straws and a closely knit relegation battle means that their 16 position is as good as one in the danger zone.

Mourinho must have feared the worst early on. It shapes as another chance for January arrival Alexis Sánchez to shine for United after the Chilean was fouled seven times in a win over Huddersfield last time out.

Probe the nuances of Mourinho's various jobs at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again, and United, and it becomes clear however that despite such perceived patterns, the challenges Mourinho faces differ greatly.

Newcastle thrashed United 5-0 back in 1996 when Kevin Keegan was at the helm, which was an extra sweet result after the Magpies had fell short in the title race the season before. "(Rafa) Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be hard". The hosts registered 22% possession and had two shots on target, rarely contemplating venturing from the edge of their own area against the runaway league leaders.

After 33 minutes, Dubravka made a great stop to prevent the visitors from going ahead, thwarting Anthony Martial in a one-on-one after the striker had been played through by Nemanja Matic's superb pass. Newcastle's claim for a deserved penalty in the first half was not given by the referee Craig Pawson.

Benitez's furious reaction on the touchline mixed anger with disbelief. In a similar way, the Newcastle players fought for 90 minutes.

Lukaku, like the majority of his teammates, had been anonymous. After Chris Smalling conceded a free-kick for diving near the halfway line, Shelvey sent a simple long ball into the box, Gayle cushioned a loose ball into Ritchie path and he swept home completely unmarked from 12 yards out.

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