Saturday’s Premier League action concludes at Old Trafford where Manchester United take on Newcastle United.
The Red Devils are winless run extended to four games following Tuesday evening’s Champions League draw with Valencia and they haven’t gone five games without a win since 1996.
They go into the weekend in tenth place in the league, with reports circulating that this could be Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge of the club.
However, victory could see them move to within two points of the top four should other results fall in their favour with defeat likely to see them drop into the bottom half.
Ashley Young is set to return after missing out through injury midweek with Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira also pushing for recalls though Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are all out.
Romelu Lukaku is favourite to open the scoring at 4.2 (16/5) with some firms ahead of 7.5 (13/2) chance Paul Pogba.
The home win is 1.41 (7/17) with Unibet with the visitors as highly priced as 10.0 (9/1) on offer from several bookmakers. The draw is widely available at 4.8 (19/5).
Rafa Benitez’s side are one of three yet to win in the Premier League this season having taken just two points from twenty-one available and they are only above Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City on goal difference.
They will climb out of the relegation zone with victory here, if only temporarily with both Fulham and Southampton now playing until Sunday.
Salomon Rondon will not return from a thigh problem until after the international break, with Jamie Sterry also sidelined while Paul Dummet and Federico Fernandez while be assessed ahead of kick-off.
Mourinho’s men came from a goal down to win last season’s corresponding fixture 4-1, though the Toon Army ran out 1-0 victors in the reverse fixture at St James’s Park.