Hello, welcome to our live blog of Newcastle United vs Manchester United, which will kick off this Monday night at 8pm. We will have the team news for you at 7pm I should think. The hosts begin in 19th place, on ten points, only goal difference keeping them above Norwich in last place. They’ve got money, but they’ve not got many points, and they face a real fight to stay in the Premier League this season. Whether they can buy in some talent in January to help is anybody’s guess, but for the time being, they have to try and find a way to win.
Manchester United are in seventh place. Their last two Premier League games were cancelled, so they haven’t played League football since December 11th, when they beat the aforementioned Norwich. They’ve won their last three in the PL; Newcastle have lost three straight.
Isaac Hayden is suspended, while Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett and Jamal Lewis are both out.
As for Man United, Paul Pogba isn’t available but they have plenty of options otherwise.
It is former Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear’s birthday.
Anthony Martial has asked to leave Manchester United but there have been no offers for the French forward and the club may need to hold onto him if the squad is hit by injuries or more COVID-19 issues, interim manager Ralf Rangnick said.
The 26-year-old has started only two league games this season and his representative said this month he wanted to secure a move away in January to get more game time.
“We spoke on Wednesday, we spoke at length. He explained to me he’s been at United for seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.
“In a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club. We have COVID times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions.
“I told him as long as there’s no club showing interest in him, and it shouldn’t only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club. So far… there’s been no offer … and as long as this is the case he’ll stay.”
Rangnick also said French midfielder Paul Pogba would require another two weeks to regain fitness following his return from Dubai, where he was nursing a thigh injury.