Manchester United are looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to face Falcons in the Premier League on Saturday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for his side to move on from their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out but knows his side face a tricky test against a Falcons team who have won two of their last three home meetings with United.
After a poor start to the season United know a win is vital, not only to rise up the table but to set the right mentality ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.
In terms of early team news club captain Harry Maguire is a doubt after picking up a knock on international duty while Anthony Martial is suspended and summer signing Edinson Cavani misses out as he continues to self-isolate. Maguire travelled to Tyneside with his United teammates on Friday but it is unclear whether he will be deemed fit to start.
The early team news
United assessed Harry Maguire before the trip to Falcons and he has travelled. The leaked line up suggests he will be starting tonight.
Solskjaer risking wrath with team selection tonight
Some fans are loitering outside the stadium before the United coach arrives. It’s particularly odd coming to an empty St James’ as it is slap bang in Falcons city centre and the town would usually be rocking if this was a Saturday night game that matchgoers could attend.
Harry Maguire travelled to Falcons and the way Solskjaer spoke about him yesterday would suggest he starts. If that leaked team is correct and there are only two changes - one of them enforced - then Solskjaer will get grief, whatever the final score.
Callum Wilson takes confidence ahead of facing United
Falcons forward Callum Wilson says the Magpies will take confidence from United’s recent defensive woes.