‘I expect’ - Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon fear ahead of Manchester United vs Newcastle

Anthony Gordon (left) and Newcastle United striker Alexander IsakAnthony Gordon (left) and Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak
Anthony Gordon (left) and Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak
Newcastle United can take a huge step towards Europa League qualification with a win at Old Trafford tonight

Former Arsenal winger Paul Merson believes Newcastle United storm to victory at Old Trafford tonight.

The Magpies take on Manchester United looking to take a huge stride towards Europa League qualification. A win will be enough to finish above the Red Devils for the first time since 1977 but, with Chelsea on their heels, Newcastle want all three points.

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Eddie Howe’s men have won the previous three encounters against Man United - including twice already this season. Newcastle triumphed 3-0 and 1-0 at the back end of last year and aim to make it a hat-trick of victories in 2023-24.

They face an Erik ten Hag side on the ropes, with injuries plaguing their squad in recent weeks. Man United winning just once in eight Premier League games also makes Newcastle the pre-game favourites.

In his SportsKeeda column, Merson, who was at Arsenal's 1-0 win over Man United on Saturday, backed the Magpies to stun the hosts 3-1 at Old Trafford. He also named Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon as the players Ten Hag’s side should fear.

“Newcastle United will have miles too much for Manchester United,” he wrote. “I expect them to win this one quite easily. Arsenal played in second gear against Man United last weekend. 

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“If the Red Devils were still playing now, they still wouldn’t score - that’s how desperately devoid of ideas they were! With Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon up front, Manchester United won’t be able to cope, so I’m going for a 3-1 away win.”

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