Manchester United will travel to St. James’ Park to play against a relegation threatened Newcastle team, in a clash of the top and bottom halves.
The game sees Manchester United traveling away for the first time in 2016. They have notched up from two successive victories at home from their last two games, but are still struggling to find a flow to their game.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal also admitted to BBC Sport that he finds United’s football “boring” at times this season.
“There are matches that I have enjoyed. And there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganizing our opponent’s defence, but that is football,” the manager said.
Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be out after suffering a knee problem against Sheffield United. Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young did not play at the weekend so they all could come back.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, have been playing better football than the start of the season but results are not going their way. They have lost their last 4 games and lie 17th in the table, just 2 points above Sunderland, and two below Swansea.
Despite losing their last four games, pundits and fans have appreciated their increasingly positive game play. But at the second half of the season, it’s all about results, and the Magpies need an abundance of it to save their sorry season.
“At this stage, I can’t ask for more from the players. We have to get on with it, that’s the nature of football. The players have to be big enough, bold enough and show courage,” Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren told reporters ahead of the game. “It’s Manchester United next. We’ll have 50,000 people who have to get behind this side and support them.”
Midfielder Jack Colback is expected to return to the side for Newcastle after recovering from a hamstring problem, and the rest of the team look fit.
If history has to be considered, according to Goal.com, Newcastle have suffered 25 Premier League defeats against Manchester United; their joint-highest tally in the competition against an opponent (alongside Arsenal).
Newcastle United vs Manchester United
Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Time: 7:45 PM GMT, 2:45 PM EST
Venue: St. James Park
Live Stream: Stream2U