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Manchester United vs Newcastle: Mourinho's men must stop the rot

Manchester United vs Newcastle Match Preview and Predictions

Newcastle could hammer the final nail in Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford coffin if they can claim their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Mourinho is the odds-on favourite in the next Premier League manager to leave odds after a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.

Newcastle haven't managed a win all season so both teams are desperate to stop the rot in the final round of Premier League fixtures before the international break.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 6th October

What time is kick-off? 17:30

Where is it being played? Old Trafford

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Who is the referee? Anthony Taylor

Manchester United vs Newcastle Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

United went out of the Carabao Cup at home to Championship side Derby and are in the midst of their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after last weekend's 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

They could only manage a goalless draw in the Champions League against Valencia on Tuesday and are now without a win in four successive home games - the first time that has happened to Mourinho in his managerial career.

After the international break they go to Chelsea in the Premier League and host Juventus in the Champions League so a win against Newcastle is vital.

United have failed to score more than two goals in a match this season and have struggled to create chances so we're not expecting a rout, while Newcastle are ranked 19th out of 20 for chances created.

The Magpies have already faced four of the 'big six' and lost 2-1 on each occasion so United to win and under 3.5 goals is the first of our Manchester United vs Newcastle betting tips at 11/10.

First goalscorer tips

Marcus Rashford was restored to the starting line-up for United against Valencia and looked their biggest threat, especially during the first half, before hitting the crossbar with a free-kick late on.

Assuming Mourinho keeps faith with the England international, we like the look of Rashford at 4/1 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Mourinho often looks to Marouane Fellaini when he needs a saviour and the Belgium midfielder looked to have rescued United with a last-gasp equaliser against Derby, only for the visitors to win the penalty shoot-out.

If Newcastle frustrate the Red Devils, the physical presence of Fellaini may be United's best chance of breaking them down so take 7/2 for him to score at anytime.

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Where the game will be won or lost

There will be plenty of tension at Old Trafford as both teams look for a much-needed boost but going all-out attack does not come naturally to either of these managers.

Another cagey affair looks likely and Newcastle's average xG of 0.78 suggests they will sit back and look to strike on the break.

Signing off with a win before the internationals is obviously on the minds of the players and Fellaini was encouraged by the performance against Valencia after admitting the defeat at West Ham was "a bad day".

"We put energy, effort, we run forward, we try to score the goal," he said on Tuesday. "OK, we didn't tonight but we have to keep going. We have to continue to work hard.

"We have the next game Saturday and we play every three days so it's another chance to do better. We have to work hard and try to win on Saturday.

"It is always good to win the game before the break for internationals. Yes, it's important. The spirit is there. You saw it today, but we have to win on Saturday."

Despite their recent results, United should have enough quality to win this one against a team that has scored less goals than Newcastle reject Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The BetStars odds boost of 9/4 for a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win is the next of our Manchester United vs Newcastle predictions.

We also like 13/2 for the first goal to be scored between 31 and 40 minutes. United will be keen to get in front before the break to avoid being jeered off again and three of their 10 goals in the Premier League this season have come during this time.

Team news

Ashley Young is back in contention for Manchester United after a minor unspecified injury meant the left-back missed Tuesday's Champions League draw with Valencia, which Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera also sat out through injury.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester United are in poor form as everybody knows but Newcastle look the perfect opposition to get back to winning ways. Both teams are struggling to create chances but United should be able to break the deadlock and hold on for a much-needed win.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football