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Journalist reveals Steve Bruce is to make two very surprising selections v Manchester United

2 years ago

An interesting reveal from a journalist only hours ahead of Steve Bruce naming his team to play Manchester United.

Craig Hope of The Mail says he has been told that the NUFC Head Coach is going to make two surprise additions to the eleven who will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The game is massive for both managers.

A win for Newcastle would ensure they were out of the relegation zone heading into the international break but anything less than a victory for NUFC, would confirm them in the bottom three going into an away game against Chelsea on Saturday 19 October.

Whilst for Solskjaer, a victory could mean them being one of a number of teams in joint fifth in terms of points but anything less than a win, would confirm them as being in the bottom half when they play a massive game against Liverpool straight after the international break.

Team selections for both managers are complicated by injuries and fitness issues.

Craig Hope covers Newcastle for The Mail and he is one of the very few journalists who now get any information from inside the club that isn’t an official release from the NUFC PR department.

He says that his information is that Ciaran Clark is going to replace Paul Dummett.

Clark has been totally sidelined by Steve Bruce, not playing a minute in the Premier League this season and indeed struggling to make the bench at times. His only first team football being the 90 minutes against Leicester in the League Cup, when Steve Bruce made seven changes despite having promised to give the cups the same status as the league games.

The other change that Hope has been told will happen, is even more of a surprise.

Isaac Hayden’s suspension means a change had to be made as to who played alongside Sean Longstaff.

It looked a straight choice between Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yeung.

However, the man from The Mail says that Matty Longstaff if to be given his first ever Premier League chance as a starter against Man Utd.

I think that Clark getting a chance would be no real shock, the same as if Fernandez got a game. Both of them have been reliable performers for Newcastle and going into the weekend, only two PL teams had conceded more than Newcastle.

However, to chuck Matty Longstaff head first into this total mess is another thing.

He has only had 90 minutes in that Leicester cup game as his entire first team experience and indeed has only been on the bench once, an unused sub at Liverpool.

To suddenly put the 19 year old in the team in such a high pressure game would be pure Steve Bruce.

Yes I’m all for giving young players coming through the ranks their chance but surely it has to be done gradually and in the right matches.

If the info is correct and Matty Longstaff does start, this would smack very much of desperation beyond belief from Bruce.


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