By Russell Edge
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has been raving over the work ethic of Newcastle United as he delivered his prediction for their clash against Manchester United on Saturday.
The Magpies will travel to Old Trafford after having suffered two successive defeats prior to the international break, first 1-0 away at Burnley before succumbing to the same scoreline at home to Bournemouth.
However, despite losing, Lawrenson insists he was impressed with what he saw from the Magpies against the Cherries, and was left bemoaning their lack of natural goal scorer up front.
However, while he backs Rafael Benitez’s men to make things difficult for a Manchester United side sitting second in the Premier League table, he says he can only see things going one way.
Predicting a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho and his players, he wrote on the BBC Sport website: “Newcastle worked really hard when I watched them against Bournemouth and I liked the way manager Rafael Benitez had them playing.
“Dwight Gayle did well on the day but will he get them lots of goals in the Premier League? I wouldn’t think so, and I would say the same about Joselu. You could not question their commitment at the top end of the pitch
“I can see Benitez reverting to playing with one up front when he goes to Old Trafford, and again it is hard to see the Magpies scoring.
“At the other end, Newcastle will be well organised but it will just be a question of whether Manchester United can break them down.
“Benitez’s side will make it difficult for them but there is only one outcome.”
Like Newcastle, Manchester United come into the clash off the back of a 1-0 defeat, with Alvaro Morata’s winner sealing the three points for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, leaving Mourinho’s side eight points behind league leaders and local rivals Manchester City.
The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 3-3 draw at St James’ Park, with Paul Dummett’s last minute equaliser snatching a point for the Magpies in front of their own fans.
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