United and Newcastle must overcome European blows

Thursday 30 November 2023 12:16

Manchester United weren't the only English side who suffered disappointment during the latest round of Champions League fixtures.

The Reds were leading 2-0 and 3-1 at different points in our clash against Galatasaray on Wednesday, but the match ended level at 3-3.

Erik ten Hag expressed a need for his team to manage games better, despite being pleased with the attacking impetus United showed throughout.

It is a result that leaves the Reds' Champions League hopes in the balance, but now is not the time to dwell.

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On Saturday evening, just three days after venture to Istanbul, we must travel north to take on Newcastle United.

The Geordies were also held away in the Champions League, on Tuesday, when they came within seconds of achieving an historic away win at Paris Saint-Germain.

Howe's men led through Alexander Isak's first-half strike as the match approached the end of eight minutes of injury time.

Ousmane Dembele's cross rebounded off defender Tino Livramento and, after a VAR review, a penalty was awarded and Kylian Mbappe made no mistake from the spot.

Replays showed the Magpies were arguably hard done by, with the ball striking Livramento's chest before his arm, but three points were squandered nonetheless to leave the Magpies, like us, relying on results elsewhere to get to the knockout stages.

The same XI that started that match in Paris ended it, with Howe, like Ten Hag, limited in his options due to injuries.

The Reds are still without the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro, while Luke Shaw has only recently returned from his lay-off.

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Ten Hag: We should have got over the line

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Saturday's match, then, is a test of recovery and mentality for two sides who are separated by just one point in the Premier League - the Reds are on 24, Newcastle 23.

Both struck with injuries, and wounded emotionally in midweek, the Reds and the Magpies will both be hoping to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

The stage is set, therefore, for an intriguing 20:00 GMT kick-off at St James' Park, in what is sure to be another imposing atmosphere for the Reds to overcome, after our visits to Everton and Galatasaray within the last week.