Marcus Rashford

Early team news: Newcastle v United

Thursday 30 November 2023 16:00

Manchester United have Marcus Rashford available again for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United.

The England international missed the wildly entertaining 3-3 draw with Galatasaray in Istanbul as he was serving a one-match UEFA suspension.

But Marcus is free to play at St James' Park and will be looking to net on the road for a second consecutive week, after burying his penalty at Everton last Sunday.

Antony returned to the side at RAMS Park in Marcus's stead and the Brazilian played the full 90 minutes, helping create goals for Alejandro Garnacho and Scott McTominay.

Newcastle v United: Reacting to European blows


Both sides suffered Champions League heartbreak in midweek, and must now respond.

Rasmus Hojlund was back in attack following a one-game absence but the Dane was withdrawn for Anthony Martial on 58 minutes, with Erik ten Hag presumably keeping an eye on the Dane's minutes as he works back to full fitness.

As our attacking concerns ease, there are still a number of absentees at the back and in midfield.

Ten Hag does not expect to have Casemiro or Lisandro Martinez back this side of Christmas, while Christian Eriksen was still 'some weeks' from returning when the Dutchman was quizzed on his squad during the international break.

Mason Mount was added to the injury list before the meeting with the Toffees, and Jonny Evans - who collected his MBE from Buckingham Palace this week - hasn't played since the 4-3 defeat in Copenhagen on 8 November.

Youngsters Dan Gore, Joe Hugill and Kobbie Mainoo have all been included in matchday squads recently, with the latter impressing on Merseyside and also being introduced for the closing half an hour in Turkey.

Amad and Tyrell Malacia are yet to feature this season, due to long-term injuries.


The Magpies have been ravaged by injuries in recent months and Eddie Howe didn't make a substitution during Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

His seven-man bench at the Parc des Princes included two goalkeepers and four teenagers, although Newcastle were moments away from securing a shock victory only for Kylian Mbappe to salvage a point for the French side with a controversial stoppage-time penalty.

Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth are available once more - they haven't been registered for the Champions League - while Lewis Miley, aged 17, has been impressing in central midfield in the absence of Sean Longstaff, Sandro Tonali and Joe Willock.

Regular starters Sven Botman, Dan Burn and Callum Wilson will miss out, while Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy and Matt Targett have also been on the sidelines recently.