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Steve Bruce is a legend on the red side of Manchester, having played for United from 1987 to1996, winning three Premier League titles among other trophies, but he now takes his Newcastle United side to Old Trafford for the first time.After losing away to Burnley, the Magpies returned to form on Saturday with a 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace, extending their unbeaten league run at St James’ Park to eight matches.
Their away league form has been feast or famine, with three wins (at Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Sheffield United) and seven defeats, and they have not triumphed at Old Trafford since December 2013, but this could be their best chance of victory since then, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men going into the contest on the back of a 2-0 defeat by the bottom club Watford.
Manchester United’s Boxing Day match could not be bigger for the club unless the Red Devils were fighting for a Premier League title. Which they aren’t. Which is exactly why it is imperative that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer engineers a victory at Old Trafford over Newcastle United, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday, live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.
Solskjaer has led the team to just two wins over its last six Premier League games, and with a host of potential slippery matches leading up to a date with Liverpool on January 19, all eyes will be on the Norwegian boss who most certainly is running out of rope. He could have reinforcements available soon, with Paul Pogba likely to start after he came off the bench against Watford, while Diogo Dalot could also make his return from a two-month injury and Eric Bailly is still out but getting closer.
Manchester United’s last result is just plain ugly – a 2-0 loss to bottom-feeders Watford that set alarm bells off all over the club. With games against plucky Burnley and Arsenal under new management coming up in the following days, this game against Newcastle feels like a turning point one way or another.
On the other side of the coin, Newcastle comes into the match sitting ninth in the Premier League table, level with Manchester United on points. That position marks a huge jump from where many expected the Magpies to be, a massive feather in Steve Bruce‘s cap. He has led the Magpies to three wins in their last four despite a host of injuries to the squad, sticking with Miguel Almiron through his early Newcastle struggles until he provided the winner against Crystal Palace last time out.
Even so, this match marks the start of a brutal festive fixture run for Newcastle, who still must navigate games against Everton, Wolves, and Chelsea through mid-January. A result at Old Trafford and potentially doing the double over Manchester United would give Newcastle some breathing room ahead of more difficult matches