Manchester United will be looking to cement their position in second place with another win when they take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
United take on Sevilla in the last 16 – with the first leg on February 21 in Spain before coming back to Old Trafford on March 13.
Despite the transfer window having just shut, the rumours never stop, and Gazzetta dello Sport are guilty of depicting Manchester United and Manchester City as being in a battle for an Italian winger.
Manchester United blamed US President Donald Trump’s corporate tax reforms as the reason the Premier League giants posted a £29 million ($40.4 million) second quarter loss to the end of December 2017 despite a boom in broadcast income.
At the back, Daley Blind (muscle injury) and Eric Bailly (ankle) are the only absentees, although the latter is expected to return by the end of the month. The man of parts displayed an impressive performance in his last game against Huddersfield Town and scored a goal.
While Manchester City’s midfield is becoming well known for the technical brilliance, Newcastle’s central midfielder is incubating a far more sinister infamy.
“That’s the way I felt in my previous Champions Leagues”.
Man Utd (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Lingard, Matic, Pogba; Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial.
With just one point separating Newcastle and the bottom three, Slimani will be well aware that he must hit the ground running if he is to save his and his new club’s season. It’s hard to say what we learned (from the way Newcastle played against Manchester United) because we did well at the beginning, scored a goal and were organised.
However, Manchester United are in quite different situation right now. While other rivals strengthened for the upcoming relegation bloodbath, Newcastle’s board limited Benitez to just a few loan signings – notably Islam Slimani and Kenedy.
Joselu could also return after missing the draw against Crystal Palace last time out due to a virus, per Lee Ryder at the Chronicle. “We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence”.
Manchester United’s playing-11 could possibly appear with few changes as they have Sevilla to play against in the Champions League later this month.
“With the team I have now, you have to prepare every single detail, but they can still make the difference with one thing you’re not expecting”.