NEWCASTLE — Manchester United will travel to St James’ Park for an English Premier League battle with Newcastle United, as the Red Devils caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks his fourth successive win.
Solskjaer has enjoyed a productive start since replacing Jose Mourinho last month, winning three from three games with his team scoring 12 goals and conceding three.
Another win for Manchester United at Newcastle would see Solskjaer becoming only the second manager in the club’s history to win their first four league games in charge.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be hoping to use its home advantage to end the fine start by a rejuvenated Manchester United side, given that the travelers have not won on Tyneside since August 2015.
In team news, Solskjaer enters this game a little cover short at the back. Center-back Eric Bailly, who is suspended after his red card against Bournemouth, while Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo remain out due to injuries.
Phil Jones will likely to pair up with Victor Lindelof in the heart of the defence, with Matteo Darmian providing the cover.
“We’ve got Darmian, who can definitely play center-back,” Solskjaer said when asked about who will back up his starters. “I don’t think Rojo will make it so it will probably be Darmian as back-up center-back.”
Forward Alexis Sanchez has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out for a month and could feature for the first time under the interim boss.
Newcastle, in the meantime, could be without defender Federico Fernandez after he suffered a hip injury at Watford and needs to be assessed.
Ciaran Clark, though remains doubtful with an ankle problem.
Rafa Benitez will be without Ki Sung-yeung, who is away at the Asian Cup, but Jonjo Shelvey could return to the starting XI, following his return from a thigh injury as a substitute at the weekend.