Antonio Valencia could face tough task on Sunday
Manchester United travel to Newcastle United on Sunday looking to maintain their healthy lead over Liverpool and Chelsea in the battle for second place.
The Magpies have won just two of their last 17 Premier League games and start the weekend narrowly above the relegation zone.
Rafa Benítez’s side were hammered 4-1 at Old Trafford back in November despite Dwight Gayle giving Newcastle the lead on the road.
Since then Benítez has brought in three loan signings during the January transfer window. Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka joined from Sparta Prague, winger Kenedy from Chelsea and striker Islam Slimani from Leicester City.
Brazilian Kenedy made an immediate impact on his debut in a 1-1 draw against Burnley less than two weeks ago when he set up Jamaal Lascelles opener in a man of the match performance
Since his arrival from fellow Premier League side Chelsea, Kenedy has started both of Newcastle’s matches and can be expected to start once again when the North east club face Manchester United on Sunday.
Assuming the 22-year-old starts on the left wing as he has done in his previous two games then he’ll come up against Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia, according to the Sports Daily.
The Ecuadorian has been one of the best right-back’s in the Premier League both this season and over the past couple of years. However, the 32-year-old can be expected to face a tough task up against the Brazilian who is both quick and skillful and loves to run at the opposition.
How much of the ball Newcastle will see in Manchester United’s half remain to be seen but if Kenedy can find himself one-on-one with Antonio Valencia down the wing then it will be one of the most exciting matchups at St James’ Park this weekend, certainly from the hosts’ perspective.
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