It has been a crazier than usual start for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United thus far. Though the summer hinted at some struggles, surely nobody could have envisioned such a massive level of dysfunction at Old Trafford. United are currently struggling in all competitions, and it seems as if Jose Mourinho is on borrowed time at the storied club. He’s mired in all kinds of player rifts, and it seems like just when you think things can’t get any worse for the Red Devils, they do end up getting quite a bit worse.
This week, Manchester United will look to set aside their distractions as they welcome their lowly rivals from Newcastle. Rafa Benitez’s side has struggled so far this Premier League season, still actively seeking their first victory. Though they have faced a tough strength of schedule, Newcastle needs to start accumulating points or else they’ll be in danger of returning to the Championship. One positive for them in this match is they’re most certainly catching Man U at the right time.
It’s always fascinating when these two popular clubs square off, but even more so right now given all of the drama within these camps. Can Jose Mourinho endure yet another colossal failure after Manchester United’s worst-ever Premier League start? Find out what we envision unfolding on Saturday afternoon below the odds, as we break down this match-up and provide up-to-date betting analysis for Man U/Newcastle.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle Betting Odds:
Manchester United (-227)
Newcastle United (+680)
Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)
Manchester United vs. Newcastle Pick:
Jose Mourinho clearly is not getting through to his players right now, and it seems as if many within the United dressing room may have already tuned the long-time manager out. Man U are struggling and are in the midst of an awful slump, but it doesn’t mean the Reds can’t easily dethrone an awful Newcastle squad.
Entering this contest, Man U hasn’t gone five games without a victory since December of 2015, and they’ve been particularly poor at Old Trafford. The home fans will demand answers and will be on the players right from the get-go in this contest. The supporters are already restless with frequent booing becoming the norm, and expect a much more prideful showing from the Man United players as a result – regardless of their current relationship with Mourinho.
On the other side of things, Newcastle are also in shambles. There have been widespread protests of their team owner, and his resistance to acquire new talent this past off-season. As a result, the Magpies are a mess on the field and there are reports that Rafa Benitez isn’t overly keen on sticking around. They haven’t beaten one of England’s ‘Big 6’ clubs away from home since December of 2015, and their road form this year has been atrocious. Making matters worse for Newcastle is the fact that they’re battling some key injuries. It’s believed that Salomon Rondon will still be out – severely limiting their attacking options.
For United, expect a much better showing in this contest as their superior skill and ability should easily win out. Despite his animosity toward the manager, Paul Pogba will start and play the full 90 minutes and will be a key force in controlling the midfield for the Reds and driving the ball forward. Man U’s front trio of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, and Romelu Lukaku remain a deadly combination for any back-line, and all of those players are capable of producing more offense against a weak Newcastle defensive corps.
Look for an easy United victory on Saturday, somewhat calming down the rage and distraction surrounding the coach and this underachieving team. Though they enter a vulnerable group, I feel as if you’re getting some value on United as a result of these off-field distractions. For as much heat as Mourinho is taking, it’s also time the players start performing to their full ability, and look for them to easily dispose of Newcastle on Saturday.
PICK = Manchester United (-227)