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Manchester United's Newcastle preparations disrupted after late change of plan

Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera exchanges words with Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera exchanges words with Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho (Image: PA)

MANCHESTER United have been forced into a late change of plan ahead of tonight's game at Newcastle.

United were due to fly to the North East but are said to have had their flight, scheduled for 11am this morning, cancelled at short notice. They're now making the trip by coach.

Although it's only a three-hour journey, the late disruption will frustrate head coach Erik ten Hag, who had limited time to prepare for tonight's game with his side having played in Turkey on Wednesday night against Galatasary in the Champions League.

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United are expected to be without seven players for tonight's game - 8pm kick-off - with Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Jonny Evans and Amad Diallo all ruled out and Mason Mount a major doubt.

That's nothing compared to Newcastle's woes, though, with the Magpies again set to be without a host of first team stars for tonight's game and several goalkeepers and young players again likely to fill the bench.

Eddie Howe confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff are facing weeks rather than months on the sidelines, while Sven Botman is making good progress but not yet training with the team.