Manchester United vs Newcastle United recommended bets
Manchester United vs Newcastle United match preview
It’s a repeat of last season’s Carabao Cup Final, so which United will remain on track for another Wembley appearance come February?
248 days ago, it was Manchester United who prevailed under the Wembley Arch, courtesy of quick-fire first half goals from both Casemiro and then Marcus Rashford.
This though feels a world away, with the Red Devils in a permanent state of crisis right now.
On Sunday, Erik ten Hag’s team were swatted aside 3-0 by Manchester City in the derby, rarely laying a glove on their neighbours.
This defeat leaves Man United eighth in the Premier League table, having won five and lost five so far.
Amazingly, they’ve now suffered as many home league defeats (34) in the decade since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as they did during his entire 27-year reign.
Winning the League Cup last season, the club’s first silverware for six years, is the highlight of ten Hag’s tenure, so he will be desperate not to crash out here.
Newcastle United meantime have already dumped out eight-times EFL Cup winners this season, Alexander Isak’s goal downing Manchester City at St James’ in September, so can they now overcome the holders?
Eddie Howe’s team are currently two points above their hosts in the table, unbeaten in six Premier League games, following Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw with Wolves at Molineux.
This though is a crucial period of the season for the Toon Army who, between now and 13 December, face Man United twice, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Chelsea and A.C. Milan.
Ahead of this one, the Magpies have only won one of their last 41 visits to Old Trafford, a sequence dating back to 1972, with this sole victory coming in 2013; Yohan Cabaye’s goal downing David Moyes’ Man United.
Right now though, the Red Devils appear primed for a miserable night, so will it be Newcastle’s name appearing in the quarter-final draw?
Manchester United team news
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martínez and Casemiro remain injured while, bizarrely, both Raphaël Varane and Sergio Reguilón were left on the bench at the weekend for tactical reasons.
Thus, could we see another run-out of the Harry Maguire-Jonny Evans axis?
In goal, Altay Bayındır is still yet to make his debut, with André Onana donning the gloves in the third round win over Crystal Palace.
Antony was furious about only seeing four minutes of action on Sunday, so much so that he seemingly tried to get sent off intentionally, but will he, Mason Mount or Alejandro Garnacho come into this beleaguered team?
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Onana; Dalot, Varane, Lindelöf, Reguilón; Amrabat, McTominay, Eriksen; Fernandes, Rashford, Højlund.
Newcastle United team news
Newcastle too are enduring something of an injury crisis, with Sven Botman, Elliot Anderson, Jacob Murphy, Harvey Barnes and Alexander Isak all injured, while Sandro Tonali’s ten-month ban has also begun.
Callum Wilson’s fitness too isn’t very reliable, he rarely starts three games in a week, which is a concern ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, before a trip to Dortmund on Tuesday.
However, with no centre-forward alternative, he’ll lead the attack here.
Given Tonali’s suspension, Joe Willock’s return is timely, coming off the bench in their last two matches.
Defenders, Tino Livramento, Matt Targett, Lewis Hall and forgotten man Paul Dummett all started the round three victory over Manchester City, so a mix-and-mach back-line could be deployed again.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Livramento, Lascelles, Dummett, Targett; Willock, Joelinton, S Longstaff; Almirón, Hall, Wilson.