Preview - Manchester United vs Newcastle United 07 October18

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Match Day 8
Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United:   
Last five matches form:  L W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.71
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (4)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.57
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Joselu (2)

Two of the most beleaguered sides in the Premier League lock horns this weekend as Newcastle United travel to Manchester to take on José Mourinho's Red Devil's outfit.

For Newcastle United it hasn't been a happy time on or off the pitch so far this season. Seven games have yielded no wins, with goalless draws away at Cardiff City and Crystal Palace being the sum total of their efforts to date. Solid but devoid of attacking intent, scraping a draw looks the limit of Newcastle's ambition these days as the fans continue to protest against the lack of investment in the club.

Things haven't exactly been going smoothly for Manchester United either. Ten points from their opening seven fixtures is a good deal better than that achieved by Newcastle to date, but still some way short of the standards expected by the Old Trafford faithful. Without a win in four games in all competitions now, they will be expected to get back on track here.

Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard all miss out for the home side. Florian Lejuene is the only confirmed absentee for Newcastle.

Manchester United ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in this game last year. Newcastle did gain some semblance of revenge though when winning 1-0 at St James' Park.

Not the easiest game to predict this one between two struggling sides. Newcastle simply don't look to have enough goals in the side to pose a major threat though and it seems likely that Manchester United will find a way to win.

Prediction: Manchester United 2 - 0 Newcastle United


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  15 - 11
Shots on target: 11 - 8
Corner Kicks: 10 - 6
Possession: 66% - 34%

Two bookings for each side in this one. Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba being shown yellow for Manchester United, with referee Anthony Taylor also taking the names of Matt Ritchie and Mohamed Diame of Newcastle.

The ultimate game of two halves at Old Trafford. Manchester United weren't far off abysmal in the opening 45 minutes, and weren't far off irresistible in the second half as they completed the most dramatic of comebacks to possibly keep Jose Mourinho in a job.

The home side simply couldn't keep the ball in the first half and fell behind after just seven minutes. Ayoze Perez receiving the ball from a throw and playing in Kenedy in the right channel. The Brazilian then cutting inside onto his left just inside the box and firing a lovely effort into the bottom right corner.

Three minutes later the visitors were in dreamland. Yoshinori Muto receiving the ball around the penalty spot and being allowed to take four touches without being challenged, turning on goal and smashing past De Gea.

Newcastle really could have been further ahead going into half time, Muto hitting De Gea with a header from point blank range - although Rashford missed an easier one for Manchester United too - and referee Taylor missing a handball in the area by Ashley Young. In the end that refereeing error would prove costly for the visitors.

The Red Devils were simply a different side after the break and really cranked up the pressure. They got their first goal back in the 70th minute. Juan Mata stepping up to take a free kick on the edge of the area on the right hand side and curling his effort over the wall to beat the keeper to the right.

Six minutes later it was all square. Nice interplay down the left from Mourinho's men. Pogba backheeling the ball into the path of Anthony Martial in the area and the Frenchman firing into the bottom left.

And then late late heartbreak for the Magpies. Ashley Young's ninetieth minute cross from the right being met with a powerful header from substitute Alexis Sanchez, the ball going in to the left hand side of the goal.

Newcastle still in dire straits with six defeats and two draws from their opening eight games. Manchester United move up to eighth.

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