Manchester United will be confident of getting a fourth straight win under interim head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday evening.
The Red Devils head to St James’ Park to face a Newcastle side who have the second-worst home record in the league, picking up just seven points from ten matches played.
United’s away record has been pretty scratchy this season as well, but the 5-1 away win at Cardiff in Solskjaer’s first game in charge should hold them in good stead.
They are without Chris Smalling who is still recovering from a foot injury while Marcos Rojo remains unavailable after picking up a knock.
Marcus Rashford will face a late fitness test on a hamstring problem, but Alexis Sanchez will play a part against the Magpies after a month on the sidelines.
Scott McTominay is still not ready to return and Eric Bailly is suspended after being red carded in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Newcastle have some issues at centre-back. Federico Fernandez picked up a hip injury against Watford and is unlikely to feature. Ciaran Clark is still suffering from an ankle problem but could be forced back early to strengthen Rafa Benitez’s defensive options.
Florian Lejeune is building up his fitness following a long-term knee injury but he won’t be ready to face United. Goalkeeper Karl Darlow is unavailable due to an elbow injury, while Ki Sung-Yueng is away on international duty with South Korea.
The bookmakers have United as favourites with BetVictor having them at 13/20 odds-on to get the victory. A draw is 16/5 with William Hill while a home win for Newcastle is 5/1 with Betfair.
Manchester United’s Predicted XI To Face Newcastle:
De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Herrera, Pogba, Matic, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial
Newcastle’s Predicted XI:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Hayden, Perez, Rondon, Kenedy
Predicted Score – 3-1 to United