Manchester United travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Saturday in their first Premier League game since the humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red Devils have had two weeks to think about the embarrassing result, which has left them just two places above the relegation zone with only one win from their first three league games of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on his top transfer target Jadon Sancho this summer but Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri and former Paris Saint-Germain Edinson Cavani all arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day.
However, none of them are expected to start against Steve Bruce’s side.
Here at Football FanCast, we have worked on a predicted XI which sees Solskjaer make four changes to the side that slumped to the disappointing defeat to Spurs before the international break…
The club legend may decide to ring several changes for the trip to Tyneside later tonight.
It’s safe to say that David de Gea has endured a difficult start to the season, which has been compounded by another disappointing display in a 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League. Therefore, it’s likely that Dean Henderson will get the nod between the sticks, whilst Lee Grant will be on the bench.
Harry Maguire may be given a rest after his poor run of form for club and country so far. The club captain received a red card in the 1-0 defeat by Denmark in the Nations League earlier this week. However, he may be forced to start as Solskjaer might not have much choice, as Eric Bailly hardly did himself any favours at all against Spurs.
And this means that Victor Lindelof should slot into place alongside the club captain, with Bailly dropping to the bench. They will most likely be flanked by Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, which means that there is no place for Alex Telles tonight.
Elsewhere, Nemanja Matic makes way for Scott McTominay, whilst Paul Pogba will resume his partnership with Bruno Fernandes.
The Red Devils have been toying with the idea of starting Mason Greenwood as the lone striker up front. And what better way for him to stake his claim as the club’s first-choice centre-forward with Anthony Martial currently suspended?
Much has been made of United’s failure to sign a new right winger. So, Daniel James will get a rare chance to show what he can do on the right wing.