Predicted Man Utd XI vs Newcastle as Marcus Rashford at risk of surprise snub

Ten Hag defends under-fire Onana ahead of Newcastle v Man Utd

Manchester United will have to be at their best to achieve a sixth win in seven Premier League games against Newcastle United tonight. Erik ten Hag’s side may be the top flight’s form side, but they are the underdogs at St James’ Park, where many teams have been blown away this season.

The Dutchman will likely make two changes against Eddie Howe’s injury-stricken outfit following Champions League disappointment in midweek.

Express Sport runs through how United could line up on Tyneside, where three points would move them within one of the top four.

Goalkeeper – Onana

All the talk has surrounded Andre Onana after his disastrous performance in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at Galatasaray.

But Ten Hag has strongly defended his £47million goalkeeper, suggesting he has no plans to drop him for Altay Bayindir against Newcastle.

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Defence – Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw

United were wide open in Istanbul, but it’s difficult to see Ten Hag making any changes to his defence as he searches for consistency.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Anthony Gordon promises to be Box Office viewing, while Luke Shaw has been a welcome returnee after injury.

Maguire is currently ahead of Raphael Varane in the right-sided centre-back pecking order and should start an 11th consecutive game against Newcastle.

With Jonny Evans still absent and Varane seemingly out of contention as a left-sided centre-half, Victor Lindelof’s place should also be safe.

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Midfield – Mainoo, McTominay, Fernandes

Ten Hag is keen to manage Kobbie Mainoo’s workload after he stole the show in his first Premier League start last weekend at Everton.

He introduced him as a substitute at Galatasaray but could be tempted to put him back in his starting lineup, dropping Sofyan Amrabat to the bench.

Scott McTominay scored his first Champions League goal in midweek and seems an undroppable fixture in Ten Hag’s plans as of late.

Bruno Fernandes also spectacularly found the net in Istanbul and will captain the side as usual against Newcastle.

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Attack – Rashford, Garnacho, Hojlund

Antony produced one of his best performances in a United shirt against Galatasaray, which has left Ten Hag with a big decision this weekend.

Will he stick with his £85million man or reintroduce Marcus Rashford, who was absent in Turkey through suspension?

The likely answer is he will reluctantly drop Antony back to the bench and start two of the front three that cruised past Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Alejandro Garnacho is a certain starter, having scored two great goals in his last two games, with Rasmus Hojlund replacing Anthony Martial as his search for a first Premier League goal continues.

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