In a blockbuster clash at Old Trafford, Manchester United will resume their Premier League campaign after the international break as they take on Newcastle United for the fourth-round fixture. They are currently stationed in the third position with two victories and a draw while the Magpies will be battling relegation as they are just a point adrift of the dark zone.
United earned a hard-fought victory in their last fixture at Molineux as Mason Greenwood hammered the solitary strike of the night to deliver the Devils home. Newcastle, on the contrary, conceded the lead twice in their last match and the latest one of the two came in the dying embers of them to deny them a victory.
Here is why this clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United be a remarkable one:
This clash between the Devils and the Magpies will stay witness to the unveiling of the Portuguese sensation, Cristiano Ronaldo as he returned to Old Trafford after some intense drama in the twilight of the transfer window.
Solskjaer has already clarified that CR7 will be a part of the game against Newcastle that is all set to kick off at 7:30 PM IST. Another important factor that will mark this game is the return of Steve Bruce to the Theatre of Dreams but this time as the opposition’s manager. One of the most remarkable Manchester United center-backs of the ’90s, Bruce will have his task cut out as United boasts of an excessively strong attacking line-up.
Numbers that matter:
In the last 36 home games in the Premier League that Manchester has played against Newcastle United, they have lost only one out of them that came in 2013 under the chaperonage of David Moyes. They have won 26 fixtures while drawing 9 of them.
Newcastle United has managed to draw first blood in six of the last eight Premier League meetings with the Devils but could only manage two victories from the same, losing four in the process.
After a woeful start to the 2021 Premier League campaign that saw Manchester United losing three out of their opening six fixtures, the last 35 matches from them have seen only three defeats, underlining the majestic brilliance that the Reds have been toting for a while.
The Magpies have shown an excellent run at home winning 10 points out of 15 available but on the road, they have been downright horrendous with just nine points being bagged from the 42 available with 9 losses on the chart.
Manchester United’s attacking front seemed pretty decent as they have managed to score at least once in each of their last 14 Premier League games but their defence has begged quite a lot of questions as it has leaked 19 goals in all. The addition of Varane will instill hopes in the Devils.
Going by the words of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, if Ronaldo does play tomorrow, then he will create the record of the longest gap between two appearances in the glittering antiquity of the Premier League (12 years 118 days). His last game in the PL came against the Gunners in 2009.
Another alarming piece of stat that will bother Steve Bruce and his wards a lot is the fact that Ronaldo’s first hat-trick came against Newcastle United in 2008.
Mason Greenwood can very well join an elite club if he scores tomorrow as he will be the fourth different teenager to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances. The other three were Robbie Fowler, Nicolas Anelka and Francis Jeffers.
The warning shot for Manchester United will be borne by Newcastle’s Matt Richie as he has managed to start more open play enterprises culminating in a shot than any other player in the ongoing Premier League.