Preview - Newcastle United vs Manchester United 03 January 19

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Match Day 21
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: L W D L D
Average goals per match: 0.75
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón (5)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.05
Average goals against per match:1.60
Top Scorer: Anthony Martial ( 8 )

The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United bandwagon has certainly got off to a flying start with a perfect three wins from three games, twelve goals for and only three against. The fixture list has largely been kind to Solskjaer though and continues to be so, as next up it's a trip to St. James Park to take on Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United.

Newcastle managed one of their biggest results of the season when winning this game 1-0 last year. Manchester United came out on top in the reverse of this game in the current campaign though when coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark and Ki Sung-yeung are out for the home-side in this one. Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay and the suspended Eric Bailly are on the side-lines for the Red Devils.

Newcastle's home form has been pretty desperate this season, with seven defeats in their ten games to date. Their only two wins have come against Watford and Bournemouth. It has been the scoring of goals which has proven to be the main issue, with the Magpies only managing to score more than one goal in one of their home games to date.

United have won four on the road this season at Burnley, Watford, Bournemouth and Cardiff. Against another lower ranking side, and seemingly playing with greater freedom at the minute, they will likely be confident of picking up another win in this one.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1 - 2 Manchester United


Half time:  0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  14 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 1 - 2
Possession: 40% - 60%

Jamaal Lascelles was the only player booked for the home side with Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw of Manchester United having their names taken by referee Andre MArriner.

Newcastle put up a decent showing here against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's revitalised Manchester United and were very close on the stats. As might be expected in a meeting between one side who have spent - and continue to spend - practically nothing, and another who have shelled out something like £400million on their squad, it was the moneybags United who showed the greater quality in the end to steel the points. There really wasn't much in it though.

Newcastle were having the better of it early, with Christian Atsu having the beating of the United defence on a number of occasions but consistently being unable to provide the final killer ball or finish. 0-0 at the break.

The opening goal came in the 64th minute. Marcus Rashford lining up a free-kick in a central area around 25 yards from goal and rifling straight down the middle. The otherwise excellent Martin Dubravka spilled the ball and Romelu Lukau - who had been on the pitch for less than a minute - reacting quickest to prod the ball home from close range.

A goal down, Newcastle were forced to throw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser, and paid the price in the 80th minute. Manchester United hitting swiftly on the break and Alexis Sanchez finding Marcus Rashford in the left-hand side of the area. Excellent composure from Rashford to take his time and slot into the bottom right. 0-2 final score.

Man Utd stay sixth, six points adrift of the top four. Newcastle United remain down in 15th and now a perilous two points clear of the relegation zone.

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