BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his weekly predictions for the Premier League fixtures this weekend. Mark has Manchester United coming to St James Park and securing a 1-1 draw.
This is his prediction in full:
They completely capitulated in the second half and I am sure Magpies manager Steve Bruce will have made it clear to his players this week just how unacceptable that was.
I would expect to see a reaction from them, and I also think some of the Newcastle fans who stayed away from their draw with Brighton will be back for this game.
Manchester United huffed and puffed their way through their draw with Arsenal on Monday and never really looked like they were good enough to take full control of the game.
I understand why United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is saying it is going to take time for his side to turn things around but, as well as having a long-term plan, they need to get back to winning ways soon.
Newcastle must find the visceral fortitude to put in a performance on Sunday. They simply cannot put in a third straight dud heading into the second international break.
Newcastle will be without Isaac Hayden for the first time since December 22nd of last year. The midfielder had started the previous 28 games. He will miss this one through suspension. Jonjo Shelvey will likely be out with a hamstring injury.
That leaves either Ki or 19-year-old Matty Longstaff to partner Sean Longstaff in the midfield. Florian Lejeune and Dwight Gayle will also likely be unavailable.
Manchester United will likely be missing a few key players on Sunday as well. Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw are still nursing hamstring injuries that have kept them out of the last 7 games in all competitions.
In today’s Europa League match against AZ Alkmaar, both Paul Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were left out of the squad. Pogba has an ankle problem, and Wan-Bissaka missed through illness. During the match, Jesse Lingard limped off with an apparent hamstring issue.
Now certainly appears to be the time to face Manchester United, who have not won in their last ten away games. We need to see something that will give us some hope that Steve Bruce can halt this slide.
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