It’s been a joyous ride for Manchester United so far this campaign who are pretty much in the race to conquer all four titles. They have not only closed the gap with Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings but also knocked Barcelona out to progress further in the Europa League. But the focus now shifts to Wembley where they would lock horns with Newcastle United in the English League Cup final.
The Magpies are also on the rise under Eddie Howe, but their recent results in the league must be alarming for the English boss. Although they are keeping pace in the ‘top four’ race, the fans would be more delighted if the Toon Army clinch their first major silverware in decades. However, it’s going to be a colossal job for them given the Red Devils’ blistering form across competitions.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Manchester United Lineup To Face Newcastle United
David de Gea might not be the best sweeper-keeper of the game, but his excellence between the sticks offers stability in the last line of defence. The Spaniard, who has revived his form under Erik ten Hag, is likely to step up once again on Sunday evening.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot are complementing each other down the right. But the latter should get the nod for this high-profile tie. Lisandro Martinez, a revelation in the heart of the backline, is expected to retain his place alongside Raphael Varane. Experienced Luke Shaw must operate as the left fullback ahead of Tyrell Malacia.
Manchester United have been spot-on with their transfer business over the past two windows. The addition of Casemiro has restored supremacy in the centre of the pitch. The Brazilian has completed his three-game domestic suspension, and therefore, should reunite with his compatriot Fred to form a ‘double pivot’ deep down the midfield. Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are sidelined with long-term injuries, but the Red Devils also have Marcel Sabitzer and Scott McTominay as the understudy to the Selecao pair.
The winner against Barcelona must have cemented Antony’s place down the right after a mixed run due to form and fitness reasons. Skipper Bruno Fernandes should cause menace in the Magpies’ defence with his relentless pressing and exquisite final balls, also it remains to be seen how Kieran Trippier deals with his fellow countryman Marcus Rashford who is arguably the most in-form attacker so far this season. Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho are also there among the other wide attacking options, but the injury of Rashford must be concerning for the gaffer. Nevertheless, the Englishman is tipped to shake off the knock picked up on Thursday night.
With Anthony Martial still recovering from a groin injury, the Dutch chief might once again rely on Wout Weghorst as the targetman. He has been far from impressive since his winter move from Burnley, via Besiktas.