North East UK news How Allan Saint-Maximin holds the key to victory against Manchester United MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Allan Saint-Maximin is likely to be integral to any positive result that the Toon achieve against the Red Devils
Breaking News ! St. James' Park will play host to Manchester United tonight as the Red Devils make the trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle United. The Magpies will want to inflict further damage on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side considering they have started the new campaign with one win and two losses, including the recent 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Steve Bruce has confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin is fit to return to action, and it's reasonable to suggest that - based on the weaknesses of the Manchester club - he's ideally suited to causing problems on the day. Solskjaer's outfit suffer from a variety of different issues, with one of the biggest being their vulnerability to counter-attacks. Man United want to dominate proceedings but in order to do so, they have to ensure that their protection is strong whenever the ball is lost. Read More Related Articles Inside Steve Bruce's Press conference: How Saint-Maximin sparked standing ovation at Benton this week Read More Related Articles Newcastle United dealt new injury blow for Manchester United test However, the system is not equipped to provide that insurance, and the players that are typically deployed by the Norwegian don't appear well-rounded enough to cope with the issues they face. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof appear out of form at the moment, and they both lack the pace required to defend with a high defensive line far from goal. In addition, Nemanja Matic is now 32 years-old, and Paul Pogba is more attack-minded than a typical holding midfielder.
. Roy Hodgson's team won 3-1 and used the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew, Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp to drive up the field quickly before shooting, as shown below.
Manchester United concede a counter-attack against Crystal Palace
In terms of how such a problem relates to the Toon, Saint-Maximin is perfectly suited to counter-attacking because of his unique skills. The Frenchman is fast, unpredictable and - crucially - he's capable of coping in isolation. The majority of players would struggle without support from teammates but Saint-Maximin almost flourishes because of his dribbling and ball-carrying ability. Only Adama Traore attempts to dribble past opponents more often than the Magpies forward, and he's showcased his tendency to escape tricky situations on the pitch since his moved from OSC Nice last year, with an example of the attention that he attracts pictured below taken from when the two sides last clashed on Tyneside.
Saint-Maximin carries his team into the final third and attracts the attention of four opponents
Bruce is almost certain to concede possession, meaning that Solskjaer's men will have to find a way through the block ahead of them, which they aren't typically comfortable doing. Anthony Martial will also be absent as a result of the red card that he suffered in his last match, meaning that Man United could prove to be more toothless than usual. If the Toon can frustrate the Old Trafford side into poor decisions before breaking through the likes of Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, three points could follow.
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