By Maryam Naz
1st January 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could become only the fourth Manchester United manager to win his first four games in charge with a victory against Newcastle on New Year’s Day. His opponents, coached by a former-Liverpool manager in Raphael Benitez, will have a tough task in stopping his side from making it happen.
Newcastle vs Man Utd: odds and predictions
The Magpies are trading as 24/5 outsiders in our Newcastle vs Man Utd predictions and betting tips, with Solskjaer’s soldiers betting as 4/7 favourites, and a share of the spoils of war projected at odds of 16/5.
While Newcastle have seen a dip in home form of late, things couldn’t be rosier for the Red Devils under their new boss. Three wins out of three in recent matches, averaging four goals per game, has seen the cries of ‘Mourin-who?’ embellish the back pages of newspapers across the UK.
One particular player enjoying his new-found freedom under Solskjaer is Marcus Rashford. Given that his teammate Romelu Lukaku has struggled for goals, the 21-year-old has risen to the occasion well with two goals and an assist in his last three games.
Yet Rashford will have to be operating at peak efficiency against a pacey and more physical Newcastle line-up, spearheaded by Ayoze Perez.
The 25-year-old has only netted twice in his opening 20 Premier League starts, but his dribbling skills and through-balls have played a massive part in Salomon Rondon’s goals this season.
A sure-fire way for United to secure a win will be by keeping the young Spaniard in check.
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Newcastle vs Man Utd match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted scorer: Man United to win 2-1, betting @ 7/1
Benitez’s men have lost seven of their 10 home Premier League games this season, struggling to find form against the ‘big six’ teams to whom they have frequently lost 2-1 to.
The first of our Newcastle vs Man Utd predictions and betting tips are wagering a repeat of that scoreline to play out in this Wednesday’s clash.
All in all, while the Magpies may possess some hope in their attacking play, with the odds forecast at 7/1, they could be undone by their own defensive frailties.
Best bet: Pogba to score twice, odds trading @ 9/1
The Frenchman could become only the second Man United player to score two or more goals in three consecutive Premier League appearances this Wednesday, should he pick up a brace against the Magpies.
Given that he is in red-hot form at the moment, the second instalment of our Newcastle vs Man Utd predictions are forecasting Pogba to shatter that record and join Cristiano Ronaldo in the big-league.
Predicted scorer: Salomon Rondon our pick to score first, @ 15/2
Despite the fact that Man United are firm favourites to win, if there is one man who could potentially help Newcastle to a draw then it’ll be Salomon Rondon.
The Venezuelan striker has now bagged three goals in his last five Premier League games – more than he has in his previous 12 in the competition (2).
The last of our Newcastle vs Man Utd predictions and betting tips are forecasting him to add to that tally, provided he is given the right kind of service.
The 29-year-old’s aerial threat and clinical finishing could give the Magpies some hope in dishing out Solskjaer with his first defeat as United manager.
Newcastle vs Man Utd stats: Opta
- Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has won each of his last four home games in charge of English clubs against Manchester United in all competitions, twice with Liverpool, once with Chelsea and also with the Magpies last season.
- Manchester United have only lost their first Premier League match in a calendar year in two of the last 22 years (W14 D6 L2), but one of those defeats came at St. James’ Park against Newcastle (0-3 in 2012).
- Manchester United have won 67 of their 99 Premier League games in January – 15 more than any other team has won in the month.
- Newcastle have lost seven of their 10 home Premier League games this season (W2 D1) – only in 2012-13 (9) and 2013-14 (8) have they lost more at St James’ Park in a single campaign in the competition.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to become only the second manager in Man Utd’s history to win his first four league games in charge, after Matt Busby in 1946.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.