Manchester United welcome Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday evening.Fresh from their 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will now be seeking to improve their position in the league after they saw Manchester City go ten points clear at the top of the league on Wednesday evening.
United will have a big job on their hands to try and overcome that deficit at this stage of the season, especially after they topped the league only a few weeks ago.
After United’s victory over Real Sociedad on Thursday evening, former Manchester United midfielder and BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves spoke about a conversation he had with Solskjaer in which the United manager supposedly stated that he was not happy with second place in the league as United should be winning trophies.
This suggests that what Solskjaer says to the media and what he says to friends and former colleagues is very much different.
If you think about it, if Solskjaer stated that he wanted United to win trophies to the media, they would create a seemingly negative storm to berate him endlessly as they know that so-called supporters of the club that want him sacked will create more additions to the story – negativity against United sells.
Bruno Fernandes put United ahead in the 86th minute with Aaron Wan-Bissaka doubling United’s lead in the 90th minute – both goals assisted by Marcus Rashford.
Rashford then scored six minutes into added time to seal the victory, assisted by Fernandes.
At Old Trafford last season, it was another 4-1 victory for United with goals scored by Matty Longstaff in the 17th minute, then Anthony Martial scored a brace with Mason Greenwood and Rashford also scoring.
Here is my predicted starting XI to face Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.