Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Newcastle United
The Liverpool FC legend believes Manchester United will ease to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson has ruled out Newcastle United heaping more misery on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
The Red Devils will welcome the Magpies to the Theatre of Dreams as Jose Mourinho’s side look to end a four-game losing run in all competitions.
Manchester United lost 3-1 to West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend following an inept and unenthusiastic performance from Mourinho’s players.
The Red Devils haven’t record a win in the Premier League since 15 September when Manchester United ended Watford’s winning run with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.
Manchester United dropped more points in a 1-1 draw with promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers last month to prompt club record signing Paul Pogba to question the team’s tactics.
Their 3-1 humiliation at West Ham last weekend left Mourinho teetering on the brink and a goalless draw with La Liga side Valencia in the Champions League mid-week didn’t help to ease the discontent.
However, Manchester United have the chance to ease some of the pressure when they host a Newcastle side that have failed to record a win in their opening seven fixtures.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to ease to a 2-0 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford to end their winless run.
“As far as this game goes, it is going to be about whether Manchester United can break Newcastle down,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“The Magpies have had a terrible start to the season and, however their manager organises his players, I cannot see them really having much joy on the counter-attack.”
Manchester United were 4-1 winners against Newcastle United at Old Trafford in their meeting in the Premier League last season.
Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Pogba got on the score sheet to help Mourinho’s men secure a commanding win.
The Portuguese head coach could desperately do with some magic from his two most expensive signings – Lukaku and Pogba – when the Magpies make the short trip to the Theatre of Dreams this weekend.
Lukaku hasn’t scored a goal in the Premier League since a 2-1 win over Watford over three weeks ago.
The Belgium international, though, has scored or made an assist 10 times in his last 10 games against Newcastle to suggest a big performance could be on the cards this weekend.
Manchester United have only lost one of their last 36 home games against Newcastle to underline their dominance of this fixture throughout the Premier League era.