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Manchester United will host Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday, February 21. Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.
“Newcastle are the team that everyone in the bottom three thinks they can catch – realistically they are the only other team who could still be dragged into the relegation places.
“The Magpies are not playing well, and that gives the sides below them hope that if they keep going they can catch them.
“I don’t see anything happening at Old Trafford to change that.
“Manchester United have had a few problems at home in breaking down teams who go there just to defend but I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will find a way through.
“At the other end, I’m not convinced by Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof as being a centre-half pairing good enough to win the title – Maguire lacks a turn of pace while Lindelof is decent but not strong enough.
“You know you can get at them but, without the injured Callum Wilson, the Magpies won’t carry much of a threat.”
Lawrenson’s score prediction: 2-0
United are second in the league table with 46 points, 10 points behind first-placed Manchester City, meanwhile, Newcastle are 17th with 25 points.