Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have endured a dismal start to the 2020/21 season, with a 6-1 home thumping by Tottenham making it two defeats from three games – both at home – and 11 goals conceded.
Only the Carabao Cup has managed to bring some brief respite with wins over Luton Town and Brighton, while fans seem unconvinced by their late transfer business with Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri all signed while no1 target Jadon Sancho remained at Borussia Dortmund.
Looking to heap more pressure on Solskjaer is a Newcastle team that have won two of their opening four matches this term – including a comfortable victory over Burnley last time out – and are also through to the last eight of the Carabao Cup.
Date, time and venue
Newcastle vs Manchester United is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
The match will be held behind closed doors at St James’ Park with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: Newcastle vs Manchester United is available to watch on Sky Sports Box Office at a cost of £14.95.
Man Utd XI: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford
Subs: Bailly, Pogba, Ighalo, Henderson, Alex Telles, Matic, van de Beek
Referee: Craig Pawson
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United were absolutely wretched against Tottenham, with their defensive shortcomings ruthlessly exposed time and time again.
All of their wins so far this season have come on the road, but this is likely to prove a tough test against a Newcastle side that now boast greater firepower and will no doubt relish the chance to deepen Solskjaer’s woes ahead of a brutal run of fixtures that includes meetings with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Arsenal and Everton.
A point apiece seems likely.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Manchester United have won 29 of the 50 previous Premier League meetings between these two sides, with just seven triumphs for Newcastle and 14 draws.
One of those Toon victories came last season, when Matty Longstaff netted a debut winner at St James’ Park in October.
The Red Devils avenged that loss on Boxing Day, however, with Martial netting twice in a comfortable 4-1 victory at Old Trafford.