Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: team news, injuries, latest odds and suspensions

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Manchester United welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo for the visit of Newcastle.

Ibrahimovic and Rojo make the squad for the first time since suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries in April and Pogba is back after two months on the sidelines with hamstring trouble.

On returning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho said: 

“He was as an injured player the same superb professional he is when he’s fit, fantastic. He’s a very important player for us.

“We were all saying in 2017 he would be back, but it is one thing on December 31, 2017 and another thing mid-November.

“Of course we welcome him back. He is an incredible personality, to fight such an important injury. You cannot expect him to play 90 mins or consecutive matches like he did all through his career, now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness.”

Pogba’s return is no less significant given his imposing form at the start of the season and United’s lack of a comparable understudy.

“I can say now because he’s back, I don’t like to speak while he’s injured, you can clearly see there is a Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury,” said Mourinho.

“There are qualities in our football, qualities that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. Simple as that.”

Manchester United v Newcastle United
Soccer Football – Manchester United Training – Manchester, Britain – September 11, 2017 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during training Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Rojo may carry less obvious X factor than his high-profile team-mates but, with Phil Jones unlikely to feature after aggravating a thigh injury during England’s friendly against Germany, his availability will also ease Mourinho’s mind somewhat.

While Pogba has a chance of starting, Ibrahimovic can expect to begin the game from the bench.

That means Romelu Lukaku leading the line again as he looks to end a seven-game goalless streak. The £75million man hit the net 11 times in his first 10 matches at United and was on target for Belgium this week, becoming the country’s record scorer at the age of 24.

Mourinho theoretically has two alpha strikers competing for the same shirt but the Portuguese laughed off the idea that would become problematic.

“Is easy, easy,” he said. “Good players can play together. Is easy to play together. The problem is when the players are not good.”

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Manchester United

Subs from J Pereira, Romero, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Martial, McTominay, Mitchell, Darmian, Blind, Shaw, Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Herrera, Lingard, Jones

Doubtful Jones (match fitness)

Injured Carrick (calf, Dec)

Suspended None

Form WWDLWL

Discipline Y17 R0

Leading scorer Lukaku 7

Newcastle United

Subs from Darlow, Mbemba, Gámez, Haïdara, Aarons, Dummett, Saivet, Murphy, Gayle, Mitrovic

Doubtful Dummett (hamstring)

Injured Merino (back, 25 Nov), Atsu (thigh, Dec), Lascelles (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Form LDDWLL

Discipline Y22 R1

Leading scorers Joselu, Lascelles 2

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