Newcastle United have a decent shot at upsetting Manchester United after the international break.
Newcastle United will not be in action until next weekend when they host Manchester United, but the team should be looking forward to that clash. The Magpies are coming off a 3-1 victory over Burnley, and they aim to build on that momentum.
On paper, that momentum should come to a halt against the Red Devils and their star players, but things are not looking good in Manchester. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the hot seat after losing two of his first three games to Crystal Palace (1-3) and Tottenham (1-6).
According to Roy Keane, things will only get worse for Manchester United over the next few weeks. Keane was quoted saying:
Too many bluffers and they will cost Ole his job. The players he’s got there, they threw the previous manager under the bus, they’ll do the same to Ole.
Do Newcastle United care about the internal crisis at Old Trafford? Not at all, but it is music to the Toon Army’s ears. Going up against an elite opponent is never easy, but the task is far from insurmountable when their dressing room is divided, and players and the manager have scattered agendas.
Next weekend’s game against a talented, but desperate and fragile Manchester United side will present Steve Bruce with the perfect opportunity to take a big tactical risk: attacking football.
The recent attacking performances from Leeds United and Aston Villa against top teams have rocked Bruce’s agenda. Fans will be hoping Bruce gives his players the freedom to try and break down the Red Devils from the opening whistle.
Manchester United will still be favorites to win, but three points will be hard to come by for them as well. The Red Devils have conceded 11 goals in three games, Harry Maguire is proving to be the most overrated defender on the planet, Paul Pogba is still in preseason mode, Anthony Martial is suspended, Bruno Fernandes lives off penalty kicks, and Edinson Cavani will miss this clash.
The game is there for Newcastle United to take. The internal chaos that Roy Keane touched on heading into this game only adds more pressure to Solskjaer and his players.
Some fans might put their conspiracy theorist hats on and argue that the Red Devils will throw the white towel next weekend just to make sure Solskjaer gets sacked with the hope of seeing Mauricio Pochettino take over.
Who knows what will happen with Manchester United, and quite frankly who cares, but their current situation makes them vulnerable. Bruce just needs to make sure he will set up the team in a way to expose their noticeable flaws.