Manchester United travel to meet Newcastle United in the Premier League while both teams are in serious need of a confidence boost.
Competition: Premier League 2019/20 season
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2019
Time: 4.30 pm BST, 11:30 am ET
Venue: St. James’ Park
Last season: Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle
Referee: Mike Dean
The Reds played a goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night, failing to register a single shot on target.
It extended their run of games without an away win to 10 across all competitions since they shocked Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March.
The Magpies are still awaiting their first home win of the season, drawing two and losing one of their three games so far. Those two draws make up 40% of their total points this season.
Jonjo Shelvey and Jetro Willems are both expected to return for this game, with the former set to step in for the suspended Isaac Hayden, although Dwight Gayle is a major doubt.
Matt Ritchie, who scored the winning goal against United in February 2018, will not return until after the international break, while Florian Lejeune is not expected to recover from a knee problem until November.
Solskjaer confirmed on Friday that he would not risk Paul Pogba, who has a foot problem, until after the international break, adding that Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, and Phil Jones would also not come back until then.
Jesse Lingard is almost certainly out as well having picked up a hamstring injury during the 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka should come back into the starting XI. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are the two long-term absentees.
Head to Head Results:
Since the 1990s, when Newcastle and United did battle for the Premier League title, this fixture has been almost completely dominated by the Red Devils, who enjoyed an unbeaten run against the Geordies between 2001 and 2012.
The corresponding fixture last season coincided with United's excellent run of form immediately after Solskjaer's appointment, with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealing a 2-0 win and a fifth straight victory for the new boss.
Newcastle will take inspiration from the aforementioned 1-0 win during the 2017-18 campaign, which saw the hosts effectively sit behind the ball before snatching the lead through a set-piece - something they will no doubt look to do again on Sunday.
Moreover, an entertaining 3-2 win for United over Newcastle at Old Trafford in October of last year, with the visitors taking a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes, was an example of how the latter are capable of causing problems against a side whose confidence is especially fragile at this moment in time.
-Newcastle United have won three of their last 31 Premier League games against Manchester United (W3 D7 L21), losing both matches during the 2018-19 campaign.
-Manchester United have won 13 away Premier League games at Newcastle - they've only won more away at Aston Villa (15) and Everton (16).
-Only against Arsenal (29) have Newcastle lost more Premier League games than they have against Manchester United (28, level with Liverpool).
-Manchester United are winless in their last seven away league games (D3 L4) - they last had a longer run without a win on the road in the top-flight between February and September 1989 (11 games).
-Manchester United have failed to score more than once in any of their last seven Premier League away games (4 goals in total). In the four games in which they've scored, they've netted the first goal of the match but have failed to go on and win any of those (D3 L1).
-Newcastle United have failed to win any of their opening three Premier League home games. There have been just four occasions in top-flight league history where they've failed to be victorious in any of their first four games at St James' Park in a campaign, with two of those coming in the last five years (1898-99, 1905-06, 2015-16 and 2018-19).
-Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to take charge of his 400th game as manager in the Premier League (W111 D111 L177) - he has the lowest win percentage among managers with at least 300 games in the competition (27.8%).
-Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has managed more Premier League games against Man Utd without winning (21 - W0 D5 L16) than any manager has against an opponent in the competition's history.
Possible starting lineups:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Matic; Pereira, Mata, James; Rashford
Dubravka; Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Yedlin; Longstaff, Shelvey; Almiron, Atsu, Muto; Joelinton