An email: “Awful team selection tonight,” writes Neil Carter. “I’m struggling to comprehend what is going on inside Ole’s head with this. Henderson deserves a start, would not have started Maguire, Shaw, James and only one of Fred or McTominay is needed. Where is Greenwood? Donny, poor Donny, will someone please for the love of God think of Donny? What does he have to do to get a start? Poch will be sitting at home drinking a nice hot Bovril rubbing his hands.”
An interesting view from a Manchester United fan. To be clear, I have no idea where Greenwood is and I suspect Poch is more of a maté man.
Full-time: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
Premier League: Manchester City have beaten Arsenal at the Etihad, where Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game to takes all three points for his side. It was a tight affair but Arsenal still haven’t beaten any of their fellow Big Six sides away from home since 2015.
Those teams: Steve Bruce makes just one change to the team that saw off Burnley in style, bringing in Jamaal Lascelles for Fabian Schar.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, by contrast, makes four changes from the team that got its collective backside handed to it by Tottenham. Victor Lindelof replaces Eric Bailly in the heart of Manchester United’s defence, while Scott Mac Tominay, Juan Mata, Fred and Dan James also come into the side.
Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are dropped to the bench, while there’s no place for Mason Greenwood in the match-day squad. Donny Van de Beek’s wait for a first Premier League start continues. Harry Maguire starts, despite talk of a knock he picked up while on England duty against Denmark.
Newcastle United v Manchester United line-ups
Newcastle United: Darlow, Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson
Subs: Gillespie, Schar, Manquillo, Murphy, Almiron, Fraser, Carroll
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Mata, Fernandes, James, Rashford.
Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Telles, Matic, Pogba, Van de Beek, Ighalo
Early Newcastle team news
While Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff and Martin Dubravka are all sidelined with injury, Steve Bruce has a plethora of returnees from the treatment room to choose from in Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jamal Lascelles and Matty Longstaff. Despite doubts surrounding their participation after picking up knocks on international duty, Miguel Almiron and Jamal Lewis could also play a part in tonight’s game. The in-form Allan Saint Maximin will take to the field tonight with the ink barely dry on the new six-year contract he signed with Newcastle earlier this week.
Early Manchester United team news
Following his dismissal against Denmark while on England duty, Harry Maguire is a doubt having suffered some unspecified knock which may have accounted for his slow walk back to the dressing-room on 31 minutes. He has, however, been included in tonight’s squad.
Still in quarantine following his arrival during the transfer window, Edinson Cavani is unavailable, while his fellow new signing Alex Telles is in the travelling party despite speculation he might be rested following his midweek long haul flight back from South America, where he was on international duty for Brazil.
Anthony Martial will sit this one out on the Naughty Step as he serves the first game of his three-match ban in the wake of his sending-off against Tottenham Hotspur.
Premier League: Newcastle United v Manchester United
Sky Sports subscribers may have to shell out £14.95 on top of their regular monthly dues to watch this game, but Guardian readers can read all about Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle here. The pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjær following a fairly dismal start to the Premier League season.
An opening day defeat against Crystal Palace was followed by a somewhat fortuitous win against Brighton, before the Norwegian was forced to look on in horror as he side was thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford just before the international break.
Newcastle fans remain unconvinced by Steve Bruce despite a decent start to the season, but even the most curmudgeonly would be forced to concede his team’s performance in emphatic victory against Burnley was impressive. Wouldn’t they? Kick-off is at 8pm, but stay tuned in the meantime for build-up.