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Confirmed Starting XI: Pogba returns, Lindelof starts; Ibrahimovic on the bench

Manchester United will return to action in the Premier League this evening taking on Newcastle United at Old Trafford. It has been more than two years since both sides last played a game at the Theatre of Dreams and almost two years since the two sides last faced each other – both draws; 0-0 at Old Trafford and 3-3 at St James’ Park. Jose Mourinho will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League, losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the international break which saw Manchester City seal an eight-point cushion at the top of the league.

Mourinho confirmed during his press conference on Friday that Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would all return to the squad to face Newcastle at a time where United have been lacklustre in their approach with some players losing their form and needing some time out to regain their form and concentration. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial have both been dropped from today’s squad – presumably in view of travelling to Switzerland for Tuesday’s penultimate UEFA Champions League group stage match with Basel.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young;

Matic, Pogba;

Rashford, Mata, Martial;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

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

Manchester City are currently beating Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, which means United’s bitter rivals have opened up an eleven point lead at the top of the Premier League, which would add the importance of United doing the business today and earning the three points they need. In Saturday’s early kick off, Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0. Chelsea are also beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 which sees the West London club leapfrog Spurs and United to take the second place in the league two points ahead of United.

A victory for United this evening will see the Old Trafford outfit return to second-place in the league, one point ahead of Chelsea and three points ahead of Spurs. Not the cushion United may have been seeking, but certainly a cushion to keep and extend when there is a chance to do so.

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