Manchester United will hope to continue their recent form when they take on Newcastle later this evening.
The club ended an 8 game winless run with a 2-1 win over Swansea in their first league game of 2016 and they followed up that success with a nervy 1-0 win over lowly Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
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Newcastle however won’t be an easy three points. The club have shown in recent weeks that can be pose a threat to supposed bigger sides.
They were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates while they ran out 2-0 & 2-1 winners over Liverpool and Spurs in early December.
Since picking up those six points however the club have lost four and drawn one. Three of those defeats have come in the league, with Everton and WBA all prevailing at the expense of the Magpies.
In addition to that they also lost to Watford 1-0 in the world cup. The only reprieve during their recent poor run has been a point at home to Aston Villa.
Fabriccio Coloccini’s 38th minute goal against the Villains was the last time a Newcastle player scored and with Papiss Cisse set to miss the clash with United and beyond, the signing of a proven striker is a must for manager Steve McClaren this month.
Cisse is one of 8 players that will potentially miss the clash with United with Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Roland Aarons, Mike Williamson, Veron Anita, Maddasio Haidara and Emmanual Rivieria all currently recovering from various knocks.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez will be tasked with taking the game to United on Tuesday while Siem de Jong could also be involved.
Such in the injury crisis at the club, it is unlikely McClaren will make too many changes from the side that lost to the Hornets on Saturday.
Manchester Utd will be looking to remove their ‘boring’ tag very quickly as Van Gaal himself admits, telling The Guardian :
There are matches that I have enjoyed very much. Against Chelsea I enjoyed it but the result was 0-0 and we could have lost. There are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence but that is football. It’s not every match that every club is playing fantastically, football that attracts the people.
United meanwhile will be at almost full strength with Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia the only absentee’s. Wayne Rooney scored for the second successive game against the Blades in the FA cup and with the striker back in the groove United will hope they end a run of four goals in their last five away games.
United have lost two and drawn two of their last five on the road, with Stoke and Bournemouth both taking the battle to Louis Van Gaal’s side.
The Red Devils currently sit 5th in the table, three points off fourth place Spurs.