Manchester United’s revival under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes on, with the Norwegian seeking to make it a perfect 12 points from 12 when the Red Devils face Newcastle on Wednesday.
Under Solskjaer, United have claimed easy wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, scoring 12 goals and conceding only three.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are in the midst of a mediocre campaign that is threatening to end in a relegation battle, with only 18 points and four victories from 20 league outings.
Anything other than defeat would surely be a welcome New Year bonus for Rafael Benitez’s side.
|Game||Newcastle vs Manchester United|
|Date||Wednesday, January 2|
|Time||8pm GMT / 3pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be stream on NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League and streamed on Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Defenders||Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Schar, Manquillo, Lejeune|
|Midfielders||Diame, Atsu, Perez, Kenedy, Hayden, Murphy, Longstaff, Shelvey|
|Forwards||Rondon, Muto, Joselu|
Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Diame, Atsu, Ritchie, Rondon, Perez
|Position||Manchester United players|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Grant, Romero|
|Defenders||Jones, Dalot, Shaw, Young, Valencia, Darmian|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Herrera, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Fellaini, Gomes, Hamilton|
|Forwards||Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Chong, Bohui|
Man Utd starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Martial
Betting & Match Odds
Cardiff are priced at odds of 19/4 to win, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 31/10. A win for the Red Devils is priced at 13/20.
Manchester United may not have been properly tested under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but as the old adage goes: you can only beat what’s in front of you.
United have been doing just that – and in some style, too.
Victories over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth have come in blistering style, with the resurgence of the team coinciding with a dramatic upswing in the form of World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba.
“I can definitely, definitely, see the Paul I used to know,” Jesse Lingard said . “He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.
“Ole has helped him 100%. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free, to play his game and do what we know he can.”
Meanwhile, Pogba told Sky Sports: “Everyone is enjoying themselves. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful.
“We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league.”
But there is an obligation at Old Trafford to play beautiful football as well as winning, according to Solskjaer.
“We have been at home two games now and the crowd, we have to entertain them,” he explained.
Newcastle, though, represent dangerous opponents, having beaten United 1-0 at St James’ Park last season.
Rafael Benitez’s side have lost only one of their last four Premier League matches, though that was a heavy 4-0 loss at Liverpool on Boxing Day.
With United in rampant form, they will be concerned about slipping to another such loss.