Confirmed Lineups: Newcastle vs Man Utd
Newcastle United host Manchester United at St James’ Park this afternoon with both sides at the opposite end of the table.
José Mourinho’s side are looking to strengthen their chances of finishing second this season whilst the hosts would kick off in the relegation zone should Huddersfield Town beat Bournemouth in today’s first kickoff. The Terriers currently lead 2-1 early in the second half.
Manchester United were 4-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in November thanks to goals from Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, after Dwight Gayle had given Newcastle the lead.
The two teams for this afternoon’s game are confirmed as:
Martin Dúbravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diamé, Kenedy; Ayoze Pérez; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy, Joselu
Rafa Benítez hands a debut to Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka who joined on loan from Sparta Prague during the January transfer window. Neither Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow have been reliable between the sticks this season.
Florian Lejeune returns in central defence to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles. Exciting Brazilian Kenedy makes his third successive start down the left wing after joining on loan from Chelsea last month.
David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matić; Alexis Sánchez, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Victor Lindelöf, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata
It appears that Alexis Sánchez will be starting down the right wing for the first time under Mourinho in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Anthony Martial down the left and Jesse Lingard in the number 10 role as Juan Mata drops to the bench from the team that beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 last weekend.
Phil Jones has overcome an illness to partner Chris Smalling in the centre of defence whilst Ashley Young replaces Luke Shaw at left-back. Michael Carrick is among the substitutes whilst an injury has ruled out Marcus Rashford from making an appearance for the first time in any game in all competitions this season.