Newcastle host Manchester United this evening at St James’ Park, live exclusively on talkSPORT.
The Magpies go into this match after a controversial 1-1 draw against Paires Saint-Germain in the Champions League which left them feeling mistreated.
However, as a standalone result, a draw against Kylian Mbappe and co is largely a positive and that follows a win against Chelsea, leaving Eddie Howe’s side in good form.
Erik ten Hag’s men are also in good form, but only in the Premier League, as the 3-3 draw against Galatasaray on Wednesday dampened morale by putting their European future in jeopardy.
Newcastle vs Manchester United: managers of the month?
Howe and Ten Hag were nominated for the Manager of the Month award for November.
The Newcastle boss is one of the nominees after the Magpies won two of their three matches last month.
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One of those wins was a comprehensive 4-1 win over Chelsea, which followed a 1-0 win over Arsenal to end their unbeaten run this season.
Man United have had a difficult campaign to say the least, but their league form has gone unnoticed.
Ten Hag’s side won all three of their games last month, beating Fulham, Luton and Everton without conceding a goal.
So even though the Red Devils boss is under pressure, he could win the Coach of the Month trophy after a flawless November.
Newcastle vs Manchester United: team news
Newcastle are down to the bare essentials of their squad after naming a bench comprising two goalkeepers and four teenagers at PSG.
Sven Botman, Callum Wilson, Dan Burn, Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy and Matt Targett are all injured.
Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff are also suffering knocks, meaning 17-year-old Lewis Miley has started the last three games in midfield.
As for United, Marcus Rashford will be back involved after missing the draw against Galatasaray in midweek due to suspension.
Rasmus Hojlund returned from injury in this match and is expected to start up front.
The Red Devils’ list of absentees remains long, however, with Casemiro, Mason Mount, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia, Jonny Evans and Lisandro Martinez all missing.
With so many midfielders struggling, Kobbie Mainoo could be handed another Premier League start after impressing last weekend against Everton.
Newcastle vs Manchester United: What was said?
Andre Onana has been criticized again after his errors against Galatasaray prevented Man United from advancing to the Champions League group stage.
In an exclusive column for talkSPORT.com, Mark Goldbridge has questioned the possibility of letting David de Gea leave for Onana this summer.
He wrote: “My position on this is that I’m starting to worry about him technically as a goalkeeper. I don’t really think he’s up to it. It’s still early but I have big concerns about Onana.
“As far as Onana is concerned, I was very firm that we would not have made that change this summer. De Gea is a goalkeeper who has his limitations, but in ten years he has proven himself to be a Manchester United goalkeeper, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room.
“I know for a fact that there was some bewilderment in the dressing room that De Gea was allowed to leave in the circumstances he found himself in and let’s not forget that Manchester United let De Gea leave for free and spent £50 million on its replacement.
“Simple maths: Is Onana worth £50m more than De Gea?”. It just wasn’t an issue to solve this summer and Onana was brought in because of his ability to play on the ball, but we don’t play out from the back. We should have stayed with De Gea, it was a very bad decision.
“Onana just doesn’t play the game technically as well as an Alisson or a De Gea. He is quite unorthodox in the way he saves shots, which leads to the mistakes he makes.
“In the end it cost Manchester United Champions League football. I hope he can turn things around, but it doesn’t look good for him.
Newcastle vs Manchester United: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday December 2.
Kick-off at St. James’ Park is scheduled for 8 p.m.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Comments will come from Joe Shennan and former Newcastle defender Stuart Pearce.
Newcastle vs Manchester United: Bet
Newcastle – 9/10
Draw – 13/5
Manchester United – 14/5
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