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Premier League preview: Manchester United v Newcastle

Manchester United will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they face Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday night.

The Reds go into the game on the back of an impressive 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad in the Europa League whilst the Magpies were defeated 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

David de Gea is widely expected to return in between the stick for United having sat out during the clubs midweek victory over Real Sociedad, whilst Luke Shaw is also likely to be recalled.

Having fallen ten points behind leaders Manchester City at the top of the table, dreams of a 21st league title now appear unlikely but despite the disappointment it must be remembered that its vital that the Reds finish in the top four this season in order to secure Champions League football. With games coming thick and fast over the coming weeks it’s essential United can put a good run of wins together in order to rubber stamp their place in next years competition and in facing Newcastle it provides the Reds a fantastic opportunity to do so.

Newcastle have endured a poor season thus far under head coach Steve Bruce and find themselves sitting just above the relegation zone in 17th place and this is a game which United be winning. It wont be a walk in the park but should the Reds turn up and play to their potential they should have too much for Newcastle and take all three points.

These are the type of games in which an early goal could make all the difference. It would force Newcastle out to attack and leave space at the back which Rashford, Fernandes and co would take full advantage of and if United can grab an early goal then it would go a long way to beating Newcastle.

Manchester United have already dropped silly points in games at home in the league this season and the Reds can not afford to do so again. Dreams of the title may be disappearing but the Reds are still in the hunt for not only a top four spot but are also in the running for the Europa League and FA Cup and if United can get some winning momentum together it would put the club in good shape for the final part of the season and if Solskjaer can end the season with a top four spot and win some silverware then it would still make this season as successful one.

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