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Newcastle v Manchester United: match preview

Newcastle v Manchester United: probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Arguably Steve Bruce’s best day at Newcastle came last autumn when Matty Longstaff’s debut goal secured a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United. Now he hopes Allan Saint-Maximin can undo them again. The 23-year-old Frenchman has signed an improved, six-year contract and Bruce says he can be the “new David Ginola”. Although Saint-Maximin is a different type of winger Bruce knows he possesses similar capacity to bewitch. “Can Allan be a David Ginola?” he mused. “He can be anything he wants to be. He’s got the ability. He does things which are just off the radar.” Louise Taylor

Saturday 8pm Sky Sports Box Office

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 1 Manchester United 0

Odds H 4-1 A 7-10 D 10-3

Referee Craig Pawson

This season G2 Y5 R0 2.5 cards/game


Subs from Gillespie, Schär, Manquillo, Carroll, Fraser, S Longstaff, Almirón, Yedlin, Murphy, Atsu

Doubtful None

Injured Clark (calf, 19 Oct), Dummett (knee, 19 Oct), M Longstaff (calf, 19 Oct), Dubravka (calf, Dec), Ritchie (shoulder, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y11 R0


Leading scorer Wilson 4


Subs from Grant, Henderson, Shaw, Matic, Fred, Lingard, Mengi, Mata,
Fosu-Mensah, Ighalo, Pogba, Telles, Maguire

Doubtful Tuanzebe, Telles, Pellistri (all match fitness), Maguire (knock)

Injured Cavani (isolation, 20 Oct), Jones (knee, Nov)

Suspended Martial (first of three)

Discipline Y6 R1

Form LWL

Leading scorer Fernandes 2

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