Newcastle United vs. Manchester United - Football Match Preview

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

The Red Devils manager is under pressure to produce results immediately ahead of the next league game, a trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle United, this weekend or risk aggravating calls for his sack.

The 27-year-old - the world's most expensive defender - has struggled for Manchester United since his well-documented Greek court case in August.

Maguire has endured a hard start to the season following his off-field problems in Greece during the summer, culminating in his sending-off in England's 1-0 Nations League defeat by Denmark on Wednesday, which came just 10 days after he had played in United's 6-1 drubbing by Tottenham at Old Trafford.

"When Harry beats No.1 ranked Belgium it's a normal day and you get the headlines when you get a sending off, that's football, ups and downs, have to deal with it". "The closer we get to that, the more strength we'll have".

Solskjaer and his players were on the end of a 6-1 mauling at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match played just before the global break.

"Harry's got great resilience".

The United boss said at his pre-match press conference that Maguire "picked up a knock" against Denmark and would have a fitness test on Friday.

On the field, Newcastle come into the clash buoyed by recent form and with worldwide stars coming back in relatively good spirits, in particular Ryan Fraser who scored the victor for Scotland on Wednesday night.

"It's one of those things that you have to get over as soon as you can and move on", Solskjaer said.

"I think how we are connected, Bruno said really well the other day, we have to be together". We can't listen to everyone outside. We need to aim to get points, do our best so we don't have to play catch up further down the line.

Cavani's arrival will increase the competition for places in attack but Ighalo believes the former Paris Saint-Germain striker, as well as new full-back Alex Telles and young winger Facundo Pellistri, will boost the squad and improve everybody's output. "I'm looking forward to helping him develop and helping him settle".

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