Skipper Jamaal Lascelles will return to the Newcastle squad against Manchester United. Lascelles has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, but is available once again, as is fellow central defender Fabian Schar, who started all three of Switzerland’s games during the international break after fearing he had aggravated a shoulder injury during the 3-1 victory over Burnley last time out.
Defenders Ciaran Clark (thigh) and Paul Dummett (tendon) and midfielder Matty Longstaff (also thigh) are expected to play for the U23s on Monday, but goalkeeper Martin Dubravka (ankle), midfielder Matt Ritchie (shoulder) and striker Dwight Gayle (knee) are still out.
Arguably Steve Bruce’s best day at Newcastle came last autumn when Matty Longstaff’s debut goal secured a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United. Now he hopes Allan Saint-Maximin can undo them again. The 23-year-old Frenchman has signed an improved, six-year contract and Bruce says he can be the “new David Ginola”. Although Saint-Maximin is a different type of winger Bruce knows he possesses similar capacity to bewitch. “Can Allan be a David Ginola?” he mused. “He can be anything he wants to be. He’s got the ability. He does things which are just off the radar.”
Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani will be absent for Manchester United, with captain Harry Maguire a doubt for Saturday’s match.
Martial begins a three-match ban for his sending-off in the 6-1 home humbling by Tottenham and Cavani has been in quarantine since signing for the club on deadline day.
Alex Telles only joined up with the squad on Thursday after international duty with Brazil, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Facundo Pellistri, another deadline-day signing, is likely to be one for the future.
Solskjaer said Maguire will need assessing after sustaining a knock before his sending off for England on Wednesday, while fellow defender Axel Tuanzebe is building his way up to fitness after a foot injury.
Subs from Gillespie, Schär, Manquillo, Carroll, Fraser, S Longstaff, Almirón, Yedlin, Murphy, Atsu
Subs from Grant, Henderson, Shaw, Matic, Fred, Lingard, Mengi, Mata,
Fosu-Mensah, Ighalo, Pogba, Telles, Maguire