Ahead of the game at Old Trafford tomorrow, it has emerged that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba are set to return for the hosts, with Marcos Rojo also in contention for a comeback. Meanwhile, the visitors will be without their captain Jamaal Lascelles, midfield ace Mikel Merino and winger Christian Atsu.
United will be delighted to welcome back the French midfield maestro who was so instrumental in their fantastic start to the season. Jose Mourinho’s side scored an impressive 16 goals in their first five league games.
Similarly, Ibrahimovic was a pivotal part of United’s attack last season scoring 17 goals in 26 appearances for the club. He has been out since last seasons Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht. He sustained Knee ligament damage in the same game as Marcos Rojo. Mourinho will be delighted to welcome them back to the side.
On the flip side, tomorrows visitors to Manchester will be without three key players for a very tough test against a side who are unbeaten at home. Newcastle are without their captain, Jamaal Lascelles who has been a very important cog in a relatively astute defensive machine. He has also been helping out the attackers too as he scored the winning goal against both Swansea and Stoke earlier in the season.
They will also be without their brand new midfield man Mikel Merino. The Spaniard arrived on loan from German giants Borrussia Dortmund in the Summer, but he made his move permanent last month when the Tyneside club activated their purchase option for a mere £7 million.
Merino has been a bit of a revelation since he arrived, making that defensive midfield spot his own in Rafa Benitez’s side. He is still struggling with a back injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Finally, Christian Atsu is also out for the game after picking up a knock.
What will all of this mean for the game? Logic would say it swings the balance even further in direction of Mourinho’s side. Like they always say, football isn’t played on paper, it’s played on the pitch.
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