Warren Joyce's side have five league games left to play, the first of which is away to Newcastle United this evening. It will be the Reds' first domestic match at this level for three weeks - the last outing resulted in a comprehensive 4-1 win at Everton. Since then, the squad has played in the Dallas Cup in the US, finishing runners-up to Coritiba of Brazil.
Head-to-head form favours the Reds who hit Newcastle for six when the sides last met, at Altrincham in January. Will and Michael Keane both scored, as did Davide Petrucci (2) and Alberto Massacci while Magpies keeper Ole Soderberg contributed an embarrassing own goal. Last season's meeting in the North East also resulted in a win for Warren's men, with Gabriel Obertan grabbing a brace against his future club.
Newcastle lie sixth in the current table, 16 points behind the Reds having played two more games. Their coach, former Manchester City full-back Willie Donachie, will be hoping two players back from long-term injury - midfielder Bradden Inman and defender Stephen Folan - can help them finish the season in better shape. Kick-off at Whitley Park, Longbenton is at 19:00 with live coverage on MUTV from 18:30.
United squad: Sam Johnstone, Joe Coll; Ritchie De Laet, Tom Thorpe, Michael Keane, Ezekiel Fryer, Marnick Vermijl, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba, Davide Petrucci, Jesse Lingard, Larnell Cole, Will Keane, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Tyler Blackett.