[ENT] Man Utd expected line up for Newcastle clash amid Harry Maguire drop calls

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a whole host of selection dilemmas as Manchester United look to bounce back against Newcastle United on Saturday night.

The United boss has had two weeks to mull over the 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham last time out, with the pressure intensifying on players and manager alike.

The defeat to Spurs made it two losses in United’s opening three games and ahead of a pivotal looking week, they will need to regain their form quickly.

United travel to St James’s Park on Saturday night, before a Champions League encounter against Paris-Saint Germain and a Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure for his Man Utd side to return to form quickly

With four deadline day signings, injuries and suspensions to contend with, Solskjaer could make several changes for the game with the Magpies.

Despite his struggles for club and country, David de Gea will continue to hold off Dean Henderson, but another poor performance could open the door for him to stake his claim.

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The back-four is where Solskjaer will have his biggest selection headaches. Harry Maguire’s dismal England showing has led to claims that he should be taken out of the firing line.

After being part of a defence that conceded 11 goals in the opening three Premier League games, Maguire was sent off on international duty – picking up two first-half cautions.

Following his dismissal, United legend Rio Ferdinand urged Solskjaer to take him out of the line-up to regain confidence.

There have been calls for Maguire to come out of the starting line-up

He said: “In these situations – that I’ve been in as well – you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven,” he said.

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“Ole has a big job on his hands and I think quite an important role to play in this.

“Whether maybe it’s time to give him a little rest, let him gather himself and build that confidence back up.”

However,  Maguire has spoken about how he likes to prove his critics wrong on the pitch and will likely be given the chance to do that vs Newcastle.

Alongside Maguire, Solskjaer can recall Victor Lindelof to reunite the pairing that was so successful last season. Eric Bailly was brought back in for the demolition at Spurs and that, twinned with a a slight knock on international duty, means Lindelof should get the nod.

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At left-back, Alex Telles could make his debut after signing on deadline day, but with question marks around the  centre-back pairing, Solskjaer may go for the security of what he knows with Luke Shaw.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of selection headaches for the trip to Newcastle

In midfield, Donny van de Beek’s frustrating start to life in England could continue if Solskjaer opts for his usual midfield trio.

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Nemanja Matic has impressed at times this season, while Bruno Fernandes is still in a position where he is very unlikely to be dropped.

Meanwhile, United will look to reap the benefits of a rejuvenated Paul Pogba following his exploits with France.

Anthony Martial’s suspension and Edinson Cavani’s self-isolation period mean Solskjaer will need to shuffle his deck up top as well.

Juan Mata has thrived when given opportunities in the Carabao Cup and could be used on the right side of United’s attack. That would allow Mason Greenwood to play in his most natural position, whilst keeping Marcus Rashford in his favoured left-wing berth.

Man Utd predicted XI (4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes; Mata, Greenwood, Rashford.



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