The Newcastle team v Manchester United has just been confirmed.

The Newcastle boss making two enforced changes.

With Lascelles and Atsu ruled out, Ciaran Clark and Jacob Murphy have replaced them.

A big call for Rafa on Murphy, as he has looked far from confident so far.

Rolando Aarons is promoted to a rare chance on the bench.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu

and the Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Diame, Aarons, Mitrovic, Perez

Manchester United starting 11:

De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Matic, Fellaini, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial

Subs

Romero, Rojo, Fellaini, Shaw, Lingard, Herrera, Ibrahimovic

Compare Rafa’s side to the predicted one HERE and the one chosen by fans HERE.

Manchester United v Newcastle United Match Betting:

Man Utd win 2/7Draw 19/4Newcastle win 11/1

Both teams to score 15/4NUFC to win 1-0 28/1Gayle to score first goal 12/1

All Manchester United v Newcastle United betting HERE

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  • steve

    Joselu is the worst striker I’ve seen at the club, what does he need to do to get dropped.

    • Marveauxless

      Our worst striker starting his 10th consecutive game

      • Natturner26

        And he’s flattered by those two in nine. A tap-in and a fluke goal.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          yes they were

        • Jezza

          More like an own goal by a West Ham defender and a fluke.

    • Wor Lass

      He`s pretty poor at the main job of a striker – sticking the ball in the net – but we`ve had worse footballers and bigger egos.

    • Mike Adam

      When will Rafa wake up when it comes to this Spanish donkey??? What did he contribute in the first half???

    • Mike Adam

      He almost scored, for ManU!!! lol!!!! DONKEY!!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Can`t believe he keeps picking Hoss

  • Damon Horner

    Joselu hat trick.

    Howay the lads!

    • Mike Adam

      You are muy loco !!!

  • Marveauxless

    Manquillo and Murphy on the right are going to be torn apart. Aarons and M’Bemba/Gamez would be much stronger

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Antonio Valencia will go past them like a Japanese Bullitt Train

  • Kneebotherm8

    It’s just a matter of how many they score and how many Lukaku gets,apparently………………
    Come on lads give them a game,keep it tight,frustrate them,nick a goal,you’ve got nowt to lose.

    • Damon Horner

      We make better pundits than fans at times.

      • Kneebotherm8

        We live in hope,the pundits don’t give us a hope in hell.

  • Alreet

    That is my choice besides joselu. Id really have started mitro but we will see. Hopefully a second half burst.

    Come on the lads. Keep it tight then nick one on the break. We all know jose loves parking the bus.

  • 5floorshigh

    we all know Hoss is Toss……but the worry for me is Murphy, he looks a million miles from being ready. If I were the chosen one then its a case of close down and surround Shelvey and attack down our left……best we can hope is 0-0

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Time to crack open a bottte, i`m going to need it

    • Wor Lass

      Been down to Lidl for some proper Champers or are you on the MC Tesco BOGOF Spanish stuff?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        No this stuff cost me a tenner a bottle

        • Wor Lass

          The lidl stuff`s 13 Euros.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            there`s not one near me

  • Wor Lass

    Howay the lads!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      unbelievable

      • Wor Lass

        Cheer up – you`re only down a tenner (plus whatever you`re drinking). Ha ha!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          the Muppets got the Toon to win 3-1

          • Wor Lass

            That one`s gone now.

  • Damon Horner

    1-0 Howay Gayle lad!

    • Jezza

      Nice to see Gayle get one even if we end up losing 5-1 today. Hopefully it’ll give the lad a bit of condfidence. I always thought he was capable of getting a few goals at this level so hopefully this will be the start of something for him.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        the lads are playing well

      • Damon Horner

        Trademark Gayle as well. The lads been swallowed up in myths and exaggerations but he is a capable goal scorer. I’m with you, really pleased for the lad

    • Mike Adam

      Yes, good for Gayle! But it is ashame that other clown Hoss is given a spot on the pitch! What a waste of space!!!

  • GToon

    It’s games like this that make u realise why Rafa wanted a keeper in the summer. Elliott is useless.

    • Mike Adam

      IMO, Darlow is better and should be starting. Much more mobile!!

  • Kev-82

    Now I realise Man Utd have far more quality than us but the defending on all 3 goals has been shocking. Never a game I expected anything from so I won’t lose any sleep over a defeat, I just hope this doesn’t end up an embarrassing score, as Man U look like scoring every time they come forward now.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Oh well,not as if this wasn’t unexpected.Learn,move on,bring on Watford next week.

    • Mike Adam

      Learn, when will Rafa learn that Hossy is like playing with ten men!!!

      • Peaky Magpie

        You’re right,I wonder how many points over the season Rafa’s stubbornness will ultimately cost us in points ?

        • Mike Adam

          Great question!!!!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    At the end of the day you can only keep out quality players for so long

    • Peaky Magpie

      Pogba different class.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Murphys playing well

        • Mike Adam

          Panic shots! Should have passed once or twice.

  • nufcslf

    All too predictable and the wheels have fallen. No guarantees against Watford neither. Need the sale of the club and a fresh outlook soon or it will be a relegation battle from Christmas on. Really not interested in another one of those.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Significant results right through PL today with the wheat and chaff starting to separate.We need to hang on in there but new owners and fresh faces are essential as I fear for this lot.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Zlatan on now

    • Peaky Magpie

      SloMo on to pull Zlatan’s ponytail.

      • Leicester Mag

        Playing Diane is pulling every fans plonker organisation will not keep us up.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well this will keep the BBC & SKY happy their beloved Man Ure have won,hope the blue half of Manc land stuff them when they play each other.

  • Cuh

    Murphy, who still doesnt know how to shoot a football started ahead of Aarons

    • Mike Adam

      Cuh, I totally agree with everything you said!!! I would like to see Mitro and Gayle up top or when Merino comes back, I think he should be the number 10 behind Mitro. Mbemba and Darlow should be starting and Aarons deserves playing time also! I would challenge anyone to tell me what Hossy contributed to that game? Also why he has been sent out for a 10th straight start? Why?

      • Cuh

        10th time! 10th!!

  • Cuh

    Elliot, still ahead of Darlow

  • Cuh

    Diame, still coming off the bench. I’d rather have Colback back honestly

  • Cuh

    And playing the 4-4-2 at last, but with Gayle and Joselu.

    How Joselu keeps getting games will soon be accredited as the 8th wonder of the world.

    Mitrovic + Perez has always been a potent combo, our most potent after Demba Ba left. Perez is not and will never be a 10, but did very good as a 9.

    Mitrovic + Gayle has provided positive results every final 5 minutes of a game where he reluctantly tried the pairing.

    Mitrovic just returned from the internationals all guns blazing, but is brought on at 4-1.

  • Cuh

    Rafa Benitez needs to wake up

  • MadMag83

    Man Utd were clinical, we had chances but didn’t take them. That’s the difference between quality players and what Rafa had to work with today. That said Lejeune needs dropping for Mbemba and Mitrovic for Mbemba.

    • nufcslf

      I see Mbemba was dropped as quickly as he was given the nod lol. This sticking to your guns…Rafa that is…and still losing matches is a worry. Give hungry players a chance and you just never know. We shall see.