Three Newcastle players that have 11 matches left to save their Magpies careers

Newcastle United boosted their chances of avoiding an instant return to the Championship following their hugely important and impressive 1-0 win against Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday.

The Magpies came into the clash against the Red Devils in the relegation zone and with the worst home record in the Premier League this season, but Matt Ritchie’s goal proved to be the difference between the two teams as the Tyneside outfit moved two points clear of the bottom three.

Rafa Benitez’s men are by no means safe after the result, but the performance and scoreline will certainly lift the club as a whole ahead of some crucial matches both on their own turf and on the road over the course of the next three months, as they look to remain in the top flight.

While the club has plenty left to play for in the coming weeks as they look to reach the magic 40-point mark that should guarantee their survival, there are a number of their players that will be fighting hard to prove they have a future with the Toon – especially if they do stay up – with that looking to be in severe doubt for some right now.

Here are three Newcastle players that have 11 matches left to save their Magpies careers…