Manchester United’s hopes of beating Newcastle will rely on one player – Richard Fay

It counts for nothing now, but there is still an argument that if not for Andre Onana&aposs awful night, they could quite easily have won the game and put themselves on the verge of the knockout stages.

For those reasons, there is little reason to rip things up and start again. United twice had a two-goal lead in the match and were largely the better side. Yet, it wasn&apost a one-off, freaky occurrence. There are clearly underlying issues to solve.

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Ten Hag will have to take some of the blame for his odd substitutions when the team led 3-1. Sofyan Amrabat was on a yellow card, but the midfield lost control once he was withdrawn. Anthony Martial gives a whole new meaning to false nine such as his inability to do the basics of the centre-forward role.

It all makes for a rather intriguing team selection. Newcastle are a better side than Galatasaray and also have a formidable home record, plus they have already humiliated United once this season with a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

They also head into this match galvanised by the controversial nature of their draw with Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and with recent home wins against Arsenal and Chelsea under their belts.

A key component of Newcastle&aposs recent form has been the brilliance of Anthony Gordon in attack. The 22-year-old has arguably been their best player of the season so far and has been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award, having bagged the winner against Arsenal before grabbing a goal and an assist in the win against Chelsea last weekend.

He started as a false nine in The Magpie&aposs victory over United earlier in the season, but it will be on the left wing where he starts tomorrow night. A position United struggled to cope with in that previous meeting.

Diogo Dalot scored a staggeringly low 1/10 in The Manchester Evening News player ratings that night, when he was hooked at half-time after a disastrous display in which he was at fault for the two opening goals.

The Portuguese started in United&aposs win over Everton last weekend, but it seems certain Aaron Wan-Bissaka will keep his place from midweek given his defensive strengths amid the task of nullifying the in-form Gordon.

Even though Dalot tends to offer a greater attacking threat from full-back, United&aposs primary focus will have to be on staying strong defensively if they are to have any hopes of getting a positive result themselves.

United improved in the second half of that last meeting with Newcastle following the introduction of Wan-Bissaka at half-time, not only from a defensive perspective but also with their attacking play on that flank.