Two changes Benitez must make to his Newcaste XI when they host Man United

Newcastle United will look to improve upon their disappointing home record in the Premier League this season when they host second-place Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday, having picked up a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.

The point means that the Magpies lie just two places and one point above the relegation zone ahead of their clash against the Red Devils, and their results on Tyneside this season – combined with Jose Mourinho’s men’s form on the road – suggests they are in for a tough battle.

According to SoccerStats.com, the hosts have the worst record on their patch this term having only taken 13 points and scored 11 goals in their 13 top flight matches, while United have the joint-second best total in the division with 24 points from 13 games.

While the draw in south London could prove to be crucial at the end of the campaign, Toon manager Rafa Benitez will be well aware that his team need to improve at home if they are to avoid instant relegation back to the Championship.

The Spaniard may be tempted to stick with the same XI that picked up a result against the Eagles, but the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss will regret it if he fails to make a couple of alterations.

Here are two changes Benitez must make to his Newcastle team when they host Man United…