Man United vs. Newcastle: Team News & Injuries

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As Man United gears up for the showdown against Newcastle United, the team receives a boost with the return of Marcus Rashford, who missed the last match due to a one-match UEFA suspension. The England international will be aiming to make an impact at St James’ Park, particularly after his recent penalty success against Everton.

In Rashford’s absence, Antony stepped in at RAMS Park, playing the full 90 minutes and contributing to goals for Alejandro Garnacho and Scott McTominay. The Brazilian’s performance showcased the depth of talent within the squad, providing manager Erik ten Hag with valuable options.

Rasmus Hojlund’s return to the attack was notable, although he was substituted for Anthony Martial in the second half, a move that could be attributed to Ten Hag’s cautious approach in managing the Dane’s minutes as he works towards full fitness.

While the attacking concerns seem to be easing for Man United, defensive and midfield areas continue to face challenges. Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez are not expected to return before Christmas, and Christian Eriksen’s comeback is still ‘some weeks’ away, according to Ten Hag. Mason Mount, who joined the injury list before the Everton match, adds to the midfield woes, while Jonny Evans remains unavailable since the defeat in Copenhagen on 8 November.

The youth brigade, including Dan Gore, Joe Hugill, and Kobbie Mainoo, has been making appearances in recent matchday squads. Mainoo, in particular, impressed in both Merseyside and Turkey, showcasing the emerging talent within the United ranks. However, long-term injuries continue to sideline Amad and Tyrell Malacia.

Turning the focus to Newcastle’s team news, the Magpies find themselves grappling with a string of injuries that have impacted their recent performances. In the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, Eddie Howe refrained from making substitutions, highlighting the limited options at his disposal.

The injury-ridden Newcastle side saw Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth returning to the squad, having not been registered for the Champions League. However, the absence of key players like Sven Botman, Dan Burn, Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy, and Matt Targett poses a significant challenge for Eddie Howe. The Magpies, despite the setbacks, came agonizingly close to securing a surprise victory against PSG, only for Kylian Mbappe’s controversial stoppage-time penalty to level the scores.

As the two teams prepare to face off, both dealing with their respective injury woes, the stage is set for an intriguing battle at St James’ Park. Will Man United’s attacking prowess prevail, or can Newcastle overcome their injury setbacks to spring a surprise? The answers will unfold in what promises to be a captivating encounter.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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