Manchester United v Newcastle United Betting Tips & Predictions - Thursday 26th December 2019

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Seven games into this Premier League season and Newcastle find themselves just one spot from the foot of the table. There is no doubt it has been a tough old start for Steve Bruce at his boyhood club, but things can change pretty darn swiftly in football. If they are able to secure a win this weekend, the Magpies would leap out of the bottom three and suddenly their future would seem a whole lot brighter.

Mid-table is where the Toon Army want to be and it is exactly where their upcoming opponents stand following Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Failure to win at Old Trafford condemned Man United to their worst start to a season in over 30 years. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is feeling the heat as a result and much like Bruce, he is in desperate need of a positive showing here.

Top Tips

Draw @ 5/2

Under 2.5 goals @ 8/11

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Newcastle United News: Furious Bruce cancels training

Gates at Newcastle United's St James Park
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After seeing his side lose 5-0 to Leicester at the weekend, Bruce gave his players the full-on hairdryer treatment in the King Power dressing room. Emotions reached boiling point with the 58 year old manager tearing into his players and their ‘surrender’. He later told the media that it was the worst technical area experience of his coaching career. Needing some time for things to cool off, Bruce scrapped Monday’s planned training session while also announcing the need for some ‘clear-the-air’ talks later in the week.

Hayden to miss October schedule

He has started every league game for Newcastle this season but Isaac Hayden will take no part in the next three matches due to suspension. The holding midfielder lasted just 43 minutes against Leicester when he was shown a straight red card for his reckless studs-up challenge on Dennis Praet. Furious about the dismissal, Hayden reportedly booted the dressing room door before his teammates came in for their half-time pep talk. Potential replacement Jonjo Shelvey is struggling with a hamstring issue leaving Sung-Yeung Ki as the most likely man to fill the midfield vacancy.

Manchester United News: McTominay gives Solskjaer full backing

Stretford End at Manchester United's Old Trafford Football Stadium
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Although Scott McTominay spoke of his side’s disappointed mood following the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, he is a player who hasn’t wavered in his support for Solskjaer. Speaking just before the game, the Scottish midfielder stressed how important it was for the United owners to have patience in ther man they appointed manager. He believes continuity is a vital ingredient to success and that too many clubs these days are too quick to fire managers, ignoring the long-term impact the decisions may have.

Martial comeback a possibility

Initially, Solskjaer hoped to have Anthony Martial back straight after the international break but the Frenchman has not recovered as quickly as expected. A delayed return kept the forward out of the squad during Arsenal’s visit for Old Trafford and at the time, he was also ruled out of Thursday’s test with AZ Alkmaar. Asked if the former Monaco man would be fit for the Newcastle game, Solskjaer simply gave an uncertain and uncomittal ‘maybe’ while also expressing similar doubts over the availability of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Analysis: Bruce in need of a response

Steve Bruce was already an unpopular figure when first making the move over to Tyneside but his stock reached a new low following the recent drubbing to Leicester. Some fans are already calling for him to get the axe with the Magpies languishing in 19th place in the table. Three points would help relieve some of the pressure but more than that, the Newcastle faithful are in desperate need to see some fight and heart from their players.

Magpies to bounce back

We often see teams recover from a poor result the following week and there’s no reason why Newcastle can’t do the same. Little has gone right for Steve Bruce this season but players can often rally together during tough times. Added to this is the fact his men have twice performed well against top six sides, beating Spurs and offering more resistance than most away at Liverpool. They do look short on ideas at times but you can also say the same against their upcoming opponents. Man United have consistently looked flat this season and given they are also without a domestic away win since February, a draw (5/2) looks a strong shout here.

Goals not on the menu

Goals have been in short supply for Man United this season, even in the easier looking tests. Solskjaer’s men could only fire one past Rochdale and one past Astana despite being the overwhelming favourites for both clashes. You have the likes of Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard occupying attacking positions but the pair have managed just one league goal between them in 2019. Offensively speaking things are even worse for Newcastle who rarely provide an isolated Joelinton with much support. They post the lowest expected goals tally in the league, by quite a margin too, so everything is pointing to this game seeing under 2.5 goals (8/11).

Recent Matches

Newcastle have managed just one victory in their last nine meetings with the Red Devils but they did at least put up a decent fight on both occasions last season.

2nd January 2019: Newcastle United 0 – 2 Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impressive start in charge of Man United continued as he made it four wins from four. After offering much attacking verve in previous tests, the Red Devils found things harder against the disciplined tactics of Rafael Benitez. After an hour had passed, the scoreline was still goalless so Solskjaer bought on Romelu Lukaku in an effort to grab the lead. The Belgian striker needed just 38 seconds to score, pouncing on an error from Martin Dubravka. Marcus Rashford then grabbed another for the visitors following a slick passing move involving Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

6th October 2018: Manchester Utd 3 – 2 Newcastle Utd

Newcastle came close to securing back to back wins against the Red Devils for the first time since 1972 after taking a 2-0 lead in this match. Yoshinori Muto ought to have put his side three ahead but could only direct his close range header straight at David De Gea. Failure to put the game to bed ended up haunting the visitors who succumbed to three goals in the final 20 minutes of the match. Strikes from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and finally Alexis Sanchez were enough to complete the most unlikely looking of comebacks.

11th February 2018: Newcastle Utd 1 – 0 Manchester Utd

Newcastle’s sealed a rare win over Man United at St James’ Park last season. Despite riding their luck at times, the Magpies stole the three points thanks to a Matt Ritchie goal in the 65th minute.

18th November 2017: Manchester Utd 4 – 1 Newcastle Utd

In the match at Old Trafford last season, the Magpies took a shock lead on 14 minutes when Dwight Gayle put the visitors in front. However, the home team dominated after that, going on to secure a big 4-1 win through goals by Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

12th January 2016: Newcastle Utd 3 – 3 Manchester Utd

The fixture between Newcastle and Man United on Tyneside back in the 2015/16 season was a memorable one. The away team raced into a 2-0 lead when Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard scored. The Magpies then levelled things up through goals by Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic. Rooney put Man United back in front, but Paul Dummett rescued an unlikely point for Newcastle in injury time. The reverse match that season ended in an uneventful 0-0 draw, meanwhile.

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