In a fortunate turn of events, we have been gifted three boosts ahead of Manchester United’s trip to St James’ Park a week on Saturday.
It has been announced that their new talisman Edison Cavani will not make his debut against in under two weeks time.
The Uruguayan has just started his 14 day quarantine on arrival from France – and so will not be available to make his debut against Steve Bruce’s men on October 17th.
He may be 33, but he’s also a player who’s been involved in over 400 goals in 556 career appearances, so I for one am glad to see him miss out!
They will also be missing another one of their main men in Anthony Martial – their current starting striker. He will miss the game due to suspension after he was controversially sent off in their 6-1 drubbing against Tottenham.
This means that their options are very limited going forward – and a start could be handed to Odion Ighalo.
Furthermore, we’ve been handed an injury boost. Fabian Schar llimped off in our win against Burnley and even Steve Bruce was worried that he might’ve aggravated his previous serious shoulder injury. However, he has in fact joined up with the Swiss national time for the international break, confirming he’s suffered no setback.
Bruce has also revealed that Lascelles, Clark and Dummett will be back in training next week, but at least we will have a seemingly fully-fit Schar – who did well on his first game back for several months vs Burnley – ready to play against the Red Devils even if that trio aren’t deemed match fit next Satuday.
All these factors only help our cause against an out of sorts Man United side who are in a complete state of chaos at the moment. There’s really no reason why we should not be looking to get something out of the game.
We shouldn’t be sitting back and absorbing pressure, but attempting to attack their extremely weak defence. With Cavani and Martial out, they won’t be as effective going forward. We’ve certainly got a chance