Manchester United will be looking to record their fourth straight Premier League victory when they travel to St James' Park on Wednesday evening following a remarkable upturn in form under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils have been on an impressive winning streak since they fell to a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool in early December and can continue to put pressure on the top four when they travel to Tyneside for their clash against the Magpies – sitting three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and a further eight adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Rafael Benitez's Newcastle side, however, will be looking to put an end to United's feel-good run after they held Watford to a draw in their last league outing.
Man Utd Injuries
Marcus Rashford is a doubt for Man Utd after he was forced off the pitch with a groin problem during the impressive win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Chile international Alexis Sanchez will be hopeful to impress Solskjaer following a return from a hamstring injury after an underwhelming opening campaign at Old Trafford, where he previously fell out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho.
Chris Smalling is unavailable after being ruled out with a foot injury.
Man Utd Suspensions
The Red Devils will be without Eric Bailly who is suspended after he was shown a straight red card against Bournemouth.
Possible Man Utd Starting Line-Up
The previously maligned Paul Pogba has undergone something of a resurgence under Solskjaer following life as an outcast under Mourinho, and is expected to once again start for the Red Devils after scoring four times in his last two games and registering three assists.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to be drafted in for the injured Rashford, while Sanchez is also an option on the right wing – though, if Solskjaer chooses to rotate, the likes of Juan Mata, Fred and Diogo Dalot are also midfield options over Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.
Solsjkaer may be tempted to keep the same XI as in previous matches injuries withstanding, however, considering his team's impressive recent run of form.
Newcastle Team News
The Magpies could be without the services of Federico Fernandez after he limped off at Saturday's 1-1 draw with Watford following a hip injury.
Ciaran Clark (ankle) is also likely to be unavailable, while Jonjo Shelvey returned from a thigh issue at Vicarage Road and could make his first start since early November. Ki Sung-yueng is out of the squad due to his international commitments with South Korea for the AFC Asian Games, which are set to take place later this month.
TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time
The game kicks off at 8pm GMT (3pm ET), and will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK and livestreamed on NBC Sports Gold in the US, as well as various other channels around the world.
Best Opta Match Facts
- Newcastle beat Manchester United 1-0 at St. James’ Park in the Premier League last season; they haven’t won back-to-back home league games against the Red Devils since 1987.
- Manchester United have only lost one of their last eight league games against Newcastle United (W5 D2), although that was their last visit to St. James’ Park in February 2018 (0-1).
- Manchester United have only lost their first Premier League match in a calendar year in two of the last 22 years (W14 D6 L2), but one of those defeats came at St. James’ Park against Newcastle (0-3 in 2012).
- Manchester United have won 67 of their 99 Premier League games in January – 15 more than any other team has won in the month.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to become only the second manager in Man Utd's history to win his first four league games in charge, after Matt Busby in 1946.
- Since being directly involved in nine goals in his first five Premier League starts against Newcastle (five goals, four assists), Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku has only had a hand in one goal in his last five starts against the Magpies (one goal).
- Paul Pogba is looking to become only the second Man Utd player to score two or more goals in three consecutive Premier League appearances after Cristiano Ronaldo in December 2006.