Newcastle v Manchester United: match preview

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Manchester United’s Ralf Rangnick has experienced something like a Christmas miracle: from having 11 players in total available last week (including three goalkeepers), he now has an almost fully fit squad to select from, with the sole exception of Paul Pogba. That means 25 outfield players are ready to go, Rangnick said – bad news for Eddie Howe and Newcastle in their hunt for a second Premier League win. In his own pre-match press conference Howe harked back to the eras of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, urging his players to recreate that “attacking verve and swagger”. But those vibrant times seem a long way away, with a relegation dogfight to look forward to in the new year. Luke McLaughlin

Monday 8pm

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 1 Manchester United 4

Odds H 6-1 A 4-9 D 7-2

Referee Craig Pawson

This season G10 Y36 R1 3.80 cards/game

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Darlow, Gillespie, Langley, Woodman, Clark, Shelvey, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo, Fraser, Anderson, Gayle

Doubtful Krafth (illness), Manquillo (illness), Shelvey (knock)

Injured Lewis (hamstring, 15 Jan), Fernández (thigh, Feb), Dummett (calf, unknown)

Suspended Hayden (one match)

Form LDWLLL

Discipline Y43 R2

Leading scorer Wilson 6

MANCHESTER UNITED

Subs from Grant, Heaton, Henderson, Lindelöf, Bailly, Jones, Mata, Martial, Greenwood, Lingard, Diallo, Cavani, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Van de Beek, Elanga, Mengi, Mejbri, Shoretire

Doubtful None

Injured Pogba (thigh, unknown)

Suspended None

Form LLDWWW

Discipline Y36 R2

Leading scorer Ronaldo 7

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