Pogba returns, Sanchez as No.10 – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Manchester United XI to face Newcastle

Predicted Manchester United Lineup To Face Newcastle United In The Premier League

Jose Mourinho will be desperate for his Manchester United side to continue their winning rhythm as they face Newcastle on Sunday. The Red Devils bounced back from the Tottenham Hotspur defeat with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last weekend. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and new signing Alexis Sanchez ensured that United dealt with the Terriers easily.

Mourinho made some bold moves by dropping Paul Pogba, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial to the bench last weekend. However, the trio could all return against Newcastle, who are languishing 16th in the table. Rafael Benitez has a big job in hand to save the Magpies from relegation and although his side took a point from the intense 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last time out, they are a team low on confidence and desperately need a lift.

Team News

Eric Bailly (ankle) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee) could all return by the end of the month, while Daley Blind is set to miss the game against Newcastle due to an ankle injury. Marouane Fellaini faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a surgery last week to treat a knee problem.

Marcus Rashford suffered a muscle injury during the win over Huddersfield but there is hope the youngster will be passed fit for the game against Newcastle.

Probable Manchester United XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jose Mourinho

David de Gea (GK)

No changes will take place in this position, meaning De Gea is set to retain his place at St. James’ Park.

Antonio Valencia (RB)

A diligent and reliable worker at right-back, Valencia will again be tasked with leading the team out on Sunday.

Chris Smalling (CB)

Smalling looked a bit assured while playing alongside Marcos Rojo against Huddersfield. He also coped well with the bulky Laurent Depoitre and having helped in keeping a clean-sheet, the defender should start again.

Marcos Rojo (CB)

Rojo was given a chance at the expense of Phil Jones, who was guilty of scoring an own-goal against Spurs. The Argentine impressed with his defending and above all, his distribution. He is expected to start against the Magpies.

Luke Shaw (LB)

Shaw offered industry and defensive solidity against the Terriers. The full-back has impressed lately and there is no reason for Mourinho to drop him now.

Nemanja Matic (CM)

Matic has been underwhelming in the past couple of months but looked sharp last Saturday. He offers stability in the midfield and provides a solid platform for the attackers to keep doing their job.

Paul Pogba (CM)

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Pogba was dropped to the bench for the young McTominoy in the previous game. But the Frenchman showed his class after entering the fray in the second-half, by being involved in the build-up to United’s second goal. He should start against Newcastle.

Anthony Martial (LW)

Martial has been spectacular on the left-wing this season but the addition of Sanchez means the Frenchman has to take his game to the next level in order to be a regular starter in the team.

Alexis Sanchez (CAM)

Against Huddersfield, Sanchez gave a glimpse of why United were so desperate to sign him. The Chilean danced, skipped past the Huddersfield defenders and capped off his fine day with a goal. A sure-shot starter at Tyneside.

Juan Mata (RW)

Mata’s work-rate has suddenly increased since Mourinho’s arrival. The diminutive Spaniard will be tasked with cutting open the Newcastle defence with his trickery and guile.

Romelu Lukaku (ST)

Lukaku has hit form lately, scoring 4 times in his last 6 games. The big Belgian will lead the line and is expected to score again this weekend.

  • ALUN EDWARDS

    Jose will not learn is lessen will he, persisting with the stupid 4-2-3-1 shit does not help Pogba to play freely As he is not a defender. The formation should always be 4-3-3 With Carrick and Matic doing the defensive work and Pogba playing his game.