THE rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez has been thoroughly amusing to watch over the years.
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Rafa Benitez raised eyebrows when he decided to take a coaching role at the Toon with offers from the likes of Inter Milan and the people at Go Compare on the table.
Rafa would love to frustrate Jose on Saturday evening but even a miracle worker would have trouble organising Newcastle to leave the Theatre Of Dreams with anything other than a mild spanking.
Man United have lost two of their last six games and only scored seven times in those matches. The loss to Chelsea was one thing but the defeat to Huddersfield was, simply, embarrassing for a club that has such an expensively assembled squad.
The question: ‘Is it really worth backing the Red Devils at short odds to see off a defensively-minded Newcastle?’
The Old Trafford outfit have struggled to cope with the loss of Paul Pogba but the signs suggest they are beginning to return to their early-season form.
Anthony Martial put in a sparkling display for France whilst Romelu Lukaku scored a couple of goals for Belgium to elevate him to their leading goalscorer, all at the tender age of just 24.
The likes of Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia enjoyed a rest and should be fresh to face a Newcastle team who don’t score many goals and should come to defend.
The Toon’s top scorer is Joselu with just two goals to his name. Having watched him play on a regular basis it’s amazing he has as many as that.
Three of Newcastle’s four victories have been by a single goal, while only one of their five defeats was by a margin of more than one. But If United strike in the first half, as expected, then I think this could be a heavy defeat for the Magpies, who will have to come out and play a more expansive game.
I can see Newcastle being hit with late goals, the hallmark of Man United’s early season efforts. United have more than enough pace and creation in the form Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku to smash through Newcastle’s defences and when they do – they’ll go for blood.
We will be buying goal minutes at 145 with Spreadex, our preferred spread betting firm.
This means aggregate minutes of the match are added up. So if goals are scored in the 45th, 73rd and 78th minutes the market settles at 156.