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Newcastle United v Manchester United

1st January 2019, 19:07 by Tom McGarry

Manchester United's revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be put to the test when they visit Newcastle on Wednesday.

The Red Devils have won all three of their matches since the Norwegian succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager before Christmas and he is looking to become the first United boss since Sir Matt Busby to win his first four games in charge.

Solskjaer's arrival has also coincided with a return to form for players such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, while Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to score during Sunday’s 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth.

That could make Alexis Sanchez's route back into the team more difficult although the Chilean is in line to make his first appearance since November 24 after recovering from a hamstring issue.

United's options in defence are less flush as Eric Bailly is suspended, while Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo remain injured.

Newcastle have only won one of their last seven games in the Premier League but remain three points above the relegation zone.

The Magpies have also only won one of their last eight meetings with United although that victory was in this fixture last season, with Matt Ritchie grabbing the only goal of the game.

Rafael Benitez's side also led 2-0 when the two teams met at Old Trafford earlier this term before a second-half comeback saw United win 3-2.

Defender Federico Fernandez is a doubt with a hip problem picked up during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Watford, while fellow centre-back Ciaran Clark could miss out with an ankle issue.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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