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Predicted MUFC XI vs Newcastle: Four changes but Eric Bailly keeps his place

It’s another must win game for Manchester United if we are going to put any pressure on Premier League leaders Man City this season. Our time at the top of the table was short-lived, but there’s still a lot to play for and Leicester City are not ready give up fighting for second place.

A win on Sunday is needed. We’ve gone back to our horrible inconsistent ways and it’s time to snap out of it.

Manchester United

Manchester United won 4-0 against Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday night. It places United very nicely to progress with the second leg at Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might use it as an opportunity to rest some of his more senior players who started in Turin.

We drew last time out at the Hawthorns against a relegation bound West Brom side. That tells you everything you need to know about my concerns with United’s inconsistency when I thought for a brief while we were over that with momentum for the season building after our Champions League knockout blow.

Predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, Van de Beek, Fernandes; Rashford, Greenwood, Cavani.

Scott McTominay picked up a knock midweek.

That’s four changes from the side that faced Real Sociedad.

Newcastle

The Magpies are sat 17th with only 6 points more than Fulham in the relegation zone. They can’t afford to keep losing games and lost 2-0 earlier in the week against Chelsea. As we seen against Sheffield United and the Baggies, United have a problem underestimating these teams and that shouldn’t happen so frequently.

Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez returned to training recently but won’t be ready in time to play tomorrow. Jeff Hendrick is back from suspension while Callum Wilson will be missing

Predicted XI: Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark; Willock, Hayden, Shelvey; Almiron, Gayle, Saint-Maximin.

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