Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Newcastle
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with Newcastle United on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Manchester United to bounce back from their defeat by Chelsea by beating Newcastle United 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils head into the game on the back of the disappointment of their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the international break.
Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title this season, with Jose Mourinho’s men currently Manchester City’s closest challengers and sitting in second place in the table.
However, the Red Devils have already fallen eight points behind Pep Guardiola’s men and they will be keen not to let that gap get any bigger before the two teams meet next month.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Red Devils claim all three points on Saturday with a comfortable victory over the Magpies.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Newcastle worked really hard when I watched them against Bournemouth and I liked the way manager Rafael Benitez had them playing, but it is obvious they are lacking a top-class centre-forward.
“Dwight Gayle did well on the day but will he get them lots of goals in the Premier League? I wouldn’t think so, and I would say the same about Joselu.
“Again, Joselu actually played OK against the Cherries, but he did not really look like scoring.
“With both players, while you could not question their commitment at the top end of the pitch, you can clearly question their quality.
“I can see Benitez reverting to playing with one up front when he goes to Old Trafford, and again it is hard to see the Magpies scoring.
“At the other end, Newcastle will be well organised but it will just be a question of whether Manchester United can break them down.
“Benitez’s side will make it difficult for them but there is only one outcome.”
Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge at the club.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the table last season but won both the Europa League and League Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign at the helm at Old Trafford.