Newcastle will attempt to win their first home game since October as the Red Devils descend on Tyneside. The Magpies have failed to beat Manchester United at St. James since 2012 when a Phil Jones own goal capped off a 3-0 victory.
However, the days of Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye are long gone. With Rafa Benitez left with weak squad, he will hope to give a debut to new striker Islam Slimani. Slimani, who arrived on deadline day, will need to hit the ground running with Newcastle short of goals.
A flurry of 1-1 draws throughout January to teams which the Magpies simply needed to beat has hindered their survival bid, the team has been plagued by a poor strike rate. Something which the Red Devils certainly do not have a problem with Alexis Sanchez arriving in January to join the likes of Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford.
Furthermore, the 20-time Premier League winners have an excellent record this year with only Tottenham beating them. Newcastle have only one win so far in the league since the new year.
However, Jose Mourinho is still yet to win a Premier League game at St James’ Park in six attempts as Chelsea boss. In his two stints, Mourinho drew three times and lost three times in one of the most bizarre statistics in the football world.
It could well be the case that record may end on Sunday afternoon. Newcastle are way off the pace of the Red Devils perhaps the biggest in the entire Premier League era. Newcastle are incredibly weak due to the neglect of a certain owner.
Where Manchester United have been spending hundreds of thousands a week on one player. The Magpies, have scrambled together the cash to try and bring Leicester’s backup striker to Tyneside.
This may show itself on Sunday however we must hop