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Carabao Cup: United vs. Newcastle Preview
- Updated: October 31, 2023
Manchester United is gearing up to face Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup fourth round as they aim to recover from their recent derby defeat. The match is a repeat of last season’s final, which Manchester United won 2-0 with goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford at Wembley.
However, there are concerns regarding the fitness of Casemiro, who has been dealing with injuries and suspensions, causing him to miss the last three games. While he has resumed training after returning from international duty, he wasn’t included in the squad to face City. Manager Erik ten Hag has described his condition as “a race against the clock.”
On the positive side, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is making progress in his return from a six-week injury layoff and has resumed training. Kobbie Mainoo, who was an unused substitute in the previous game, is also on the road to recovery and could potentially feature in the upcoming match. Ten Hag spoke positively about Mainoo’s readiness and the contributions he can make to the team, emphasizing his physicality and ball-handling abilities.
Raphael Varane, Sergio Reguilon, and Mason Mount could be considered as options for the match, as they were introduced during the second half of the previous game. Unfortunately, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, and Amad are still sidelined due to various reasons, although Amad has returned to training at Carrington.
For Newcastle, the situation is challenging as they are dealing with multiple first-team player absences. Sandro Tonali is serving a 10-month suspension due to betting-related breaches. Alexander Isak and Jacob Murphy are nursing injuries, and young winger Elliot Anderson has a stress fracture in the lower back. Sven Botman has been sidelined with a knee injury, but club captain Jamaal Lascelles has made a return. Additionally, summer signing Harvey Barnes is expected to be out until December with a toe problem.
Both teams have key players missing as they prepare for this Carabao Cup clash. Manchester United will be hoping to navigate these challenges and continue their defense of the trophy, while Newcastle will aim to overcome their absences and compete against strong opposition.
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By- Sahiba Suri