After clinching the lucky result against Sheffield United at Old Trafford in the third tie of FA Cup, Manchester United will now travel to St. James Park to face Newcastle United on Tuesday. The game will kick off at 19:45 GMT. Registering their second win of 2016 after the result against the Blades, the Reds can gather more momentum against the Magpies and climb up the Barclays Premier League table, with top-four rivals Liverpool meeting Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur facing Leicester City on Wednesday evening. United have only registered two wins in the last 10 games across all competitions and disappointingly dropped 13 league points in December. Newcastle are also struggling for form and have lost their last four games 1-0. Steve McClaren’s side may draw some encouragement from their last outing against United, the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in August.
Manchester United– Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss the game following his knee injury which occurred during the Sheffield game. Phil Jones missed Saturday’s game being injured and will possibly miss this fixture, too. Adnan Januzaj will no longer play for the Under-21s on Monday night after the Reds reconsidered his situation, while Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia are still long-term absentees.
Newcastle United- Newcastle are without Jack Colback, Vernon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Curtis Good.
Expected Line ups
Manchester United- De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney
Newcastle United- Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummet, Sissoko, Tiote, Gouffran, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic
Rooney vs Mbemba
Wayne Rooney scored the winner against Sheffield United and also netted a goal against Swansea. Wazza will be in action against the Magpies and will aim to net for the third time in a row. As for Mbemba, his ball interceptions and tackling will cause troubles for the United captain. Mbemba possesses a pass success rate of 78.2% this season and will look to stop the England international from registering his name on the score sheet.
Mitrovic vs Smalling
Smalling stands as the best defender on the field in United’s squad as the centre back single handedly bosses the defensive area. Being purely consistent this season, Smalling is the heart of United’s defense and plays a major role in defending goals. Mitrovic is one of the most powerful men in Newcastle’s squad and the Serbian has netted 3 goals this season. As tough as it may get, it will be a treat to the eyes to witness these two battle it out.
Manchester United- 4/5
Newcastle United- 4/1
Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United