How Newcastle United must line up when they host Manchester United on Sunday

Newcastle United will hope to ease their Premier League relegation fears when they host Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Magpies lie one point and two places above the bottom three going into the weekend’s fixtures, but they could easily find themselves below the line by the time they kick off given three of the four teams below them – Swansea City, Stoke City and Huddersfield Town – are all playing at home before them on Saturday and Sunday.

The Tyneside outfit picked up a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend and they are going to need to carry on getting points on the road considering they currently have the worst home record in the English top flight having taken just 13 points and scored 11 goals in 13 fixtures on their own turf.

It will certainly be no easy task to improve that record against Jose Mourinho’s second-place side, although the hosts will take some comfort from the fact that the Portuguese manager has never won a league game at St James’ Park in all of his six previous attempts.

Rafa Benitez will be well aware of how important every fixture is for his team now in the run-in, and he will be determined to pick the best XI he can to pick up some vital points against the Red Devils.

Here is how Newcastle must line up against Man United on Sunday, ahead of Karl Darlow in goal…