Saturday sees us travel the short distance to Manchester for the late kick off against United.

Despite the fixture list not being kind to us even Rafa would have expected to register a win by now.

The trip to Old Trafford will mean the magpies have played five of last seasons top six in the opening eight games of the season – Liverpool being the only remaining one.

Previously going to Old Trafford we would most likely be happy with a point but this time can we hope for more?

So far we haven’t exactly set the league slight scoring four goals in seven games – whilst conceding ten.

During those fixtures though there have been some good performances – away to Manchester City stands out – although we need to improve in front of goal.

Manchester United are not without their own problems however – Jose Mourinho seems to have lost the dressing room and the tension is mounting with each game.

United have failed to win in their last four games and there are are rumblings that Jose could be sacked if they fail to beat us on Saturday.

When a team gets a new manager in place they often up their effort levels and tend to turn losing streaks into winning ones so perhaps this weekend will be the best possible time to play the reds.

The magpies could be buoyed by the possible return of Federico Fernández and Paul Dummett.

In the same fixture last season Newcastle got off to a great start with Dwight Gayle putting us 1-0 up after 14 minutes.

However when Anthony Martial levelled before half time we lost our composure and allowed Chris Smalling to give United the lead at half time.

Then when we hosted United at St James Park Rafa Benitez got his tactics spot on and the players delivered a thrilling performance to seal a 1-0 victory.

Let’s hope for more of the same on Saturday.

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