Strug­gling New­cas­tle can add to United woe

No bet­ter team to face as Bruce’s men aim to erase the mem­ory of 5-0 hu­mil­i­a­tion

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Where else can you start when look­ing at prices for the week­end foot­ball matches than Manch­ester United? Barely cling­ing on to a po­si­tion in the top half of the table, Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side are look­ing at a tough sea­son un­less six world-class play­ers can be bought in the next trans­fer win­dow, which is highly un­likely.

Last week in this col­umn, I wrote that I wanted to take on United when­ever they play and I am go­ing to be do­ing that again this week­end, even though they play a strug­gling New­cas­tle United.

Manch­ester United have won none of their past 10 away matches since beat­ing Paris St-ger­main in the knock­out stages of the Cham­pi­ons League last year, a re­sult that is be­gin­ning to look in­creas­ingly flukey.

Dur­ing that run, they have failed to beat rel­e­ga­tion-fod­der Hud­der­s­field Town, Ever­ton, Wolves (twice) and Southamp­ton, which sug­gests it is not just the top teams they are fail­ing to make an im­pact against away from home.

New­cas­tle will be fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion this sea­son but that is clearly no bar­rier to suc­cess against this United team.

It must be re­mem­bered that Manch­ester United were in ac­tion in the Eu­ropa League on Thurs­day, New­cas­tle to beat Manch­ester United Brighton to beat Tot­ten­ham

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