Manchester United will be eager to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured a two-week international break since United last played and were humiliated 6-1 at home by Tottenham Hotspur.
United have lost two of their three Premier League games so far this season. They’ve not lost as many as three of their opening four league games in a campaign since 1986-87.
In terms of early team news captain Harry Maguire is a doubt following injury while Anthony Martial is suspended and deadline day signing Edinson Cavani is still in self-isolation. Maguire did travel to Tyneside with the rest of the squad on Friday night.
Here, our United writers pick their teams to face Newcastle:
Heads need to roll after the Tottenham game and Solskjaer needs to start making United’s future their present. Dean Henderson has to come in and Alex Telles has the benefit of travelling to a ground devoid of fans. Harry Maguire’s form does not merit a start and neither does Victor Lindelof, so it is Axel Tuanzebe’s turn. Aaron Wan-Bissaka starts by default, as United’s best attacking right-back is in Milan.
There is no reasonable argument to retain the underperforming wantaway Paul Pogba and a Donny van de Beek start is overdue. United are going to dominate possession and Fred can pick a pass.
Juan Mata is the logical inclusion in an attack deprived of Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
United’s two-week break is not what the players will have wanted but it means Solskjaer should have no doubts over his line-up for the encounter at St James’ Park.
Telles should be up to speed and ready to feature on Saturday night with Shaw better suited to the Paris Saint-Germain game, while Maguire also needs a rest regardless of his injury situation. Bailly and Lindelof are the best of the rest with Tuanzebe still not fully match fit.
Pogba deserves to be dropped irrespective of his transfer comments last week with a diamond formation probably the best option given the paucity of options in the attacking line.
Greenwood and Rashford should start in a two-pronged attack with James a good option to have on the bench in a system which arguably suits him the best.
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Going to three at the back against a team that can be as defensive as Newcastle might seem like a risk but United have been far too open this season and they need to find some security from somewhere. This could provide it and Solskjaer would surely take a 1-0 win right now.
With Maguire doubtful Bailly, Lindelof and Shaw can play in the back three, with Wan-Bissaka and Telles providing attacking impetus from wing-back.
It’s clearly time for a change in midfield and Van de Beek and Fred can come in for Pogba and Matic, who were both poor against Tottenham.
This formation would mean Rashford and Greenwood playing together up front and while leaving Mata out might be harsh given his EFL Cup form, United need more protection at the back right now.