Newcastle United are preparing for a massive game on Sunday, April 2 as the Magpies take on Manchester United at St. James’ Park. Can the Toon gain a modicum of revenge after losing to United in the 2023 League Cup final?
Newcastle will miss out on key player Miguel Almiron for the game against – he is expected to be out of action until the end of April. Ryan Fraser and Emil Krafth have also been ruled out for the game at the weekend.
On top of this, Anthony Gordon, Allan Saint-Maximin, Nick Pope and Sven Botman are all doubts. There is some good news – Joelinton will be able to play after his two-game suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards expired in Newcastle’s last game.
Both Newcastle and Manchester United fans will remember their last encounter very clearly – it took place just over a month ago, as United defeated the Toon in the 2023 League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Newcastle seemed to be somewhat intimidated by the occasion, as the Red Devils won 2-0 – denying the Magpies their first piece of major silverware since 1955.
Newcastle are currently 5th in the Premier League table – they have defied expectations so far and look to be in a good position to finish in the top six. They’re not enjoying their best run of form this season, though – if they are to make a challenge for the Champions League spots, they will need to up their game but registering a win before the international break will have the team in good spirits.
Meanwhile, Manchester United sit in third place, just three points ahead of Newcastle. As we enter the business end of the season, can Newcastle leapfrog their bitter rivals with a win?