Pundit Predictions: Who starts v Newcastle?

Wednesday 15 May 2024 15:33

Manchester United will host Newcastle United at Old Trafford this evening, in the final home match of the Premier League season.

Erik ten Hag's Reds are looking to finish strongly against another one of our European-chasing rivals: the Magpies are currently two places ahead in the table with just two top-flight games left to play.

Ahead of 20:00 BST kick-off, two former Reds defenders and current MUTV pundits have shared their United Predictions.

Before you play the predictions game for yourself, take a look at what the lads have backed...


The former United defender sees Ten Hag making multiple changes to his starting XI, with Amad playing a starring role against the Magpies...

Line-up: Onana; Dalot, Kambwala, Evans, Wan-Bissaka; Casemiro, Mainoo; Amad, McTominay, Garnacho; Hojlund.

First scorer: Amad

Correct score: United 1 Newcastle 0

Man Of The Match: Amad


The Treble winner suspects club captain Bruno Fernandes will return to the fold, to have a positive influence on the result...

Line-up: Onana; Dalot, Evans, Casemiro, Wan-Bissaka; Eriksen, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes (C), Garnacho; Hojlund.

First scorer: Bruno Fernandes

Correct score: United 2 Newcastle 1

Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes

Extended Q&A: United v Newcastle Video

Extended Q&A: United v Newcastle

Q&A | Erik speaks about Martinez, Varane, Newcastle and treating every match as a final...


In his column for United Review, Ten Hag sets the scene for an important match against Newcastle: “Good evening and welcome back to Old Trafford. After our performance at Crystal Palace, I asked for a reaction against Arsenal and, while we were very disappointed to lose the game, I was pleased with the spirit shown by the players and some aspects of the performance. It was by no means perfect and there is no celebration in defeat, but our character was clear and it was important to see the players fighting for one another again.

“Not for the first time this season, one lapse was punished and it ended up costing us. But we kept pressing to the end and were unlucky not to get something. Had Arsenal not scored so early, the game would have been very different because they had to win and would have had to gamble much more than they did. Instead, they didn’t have to take any risks and, as their defensive record this season shows, once they get ahead then they rarely give away chances. Arsenal’s strength is the result of years of continuity and process. I think our supporters understand that we are still undergoing our own development and that there will be positive times to come if we all continue pulling in the same direction. 

“Once again on Sunday the backing we received from the stands was absolutely magnificent. Wherever we play, we hear our fans and, moving forward, we are all determined to repay that faith and give them what they deserve.”

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