Would Rafa Take A Draw Right Now?

Newcastle United go into this game against Man Utd on the brink of producing their worst run of home form in the Premier League since 1999.

Image result for Newcastle United Jose MourinhoIt’s now eight games without a home win but Rafa Benitez won’t focus on that this weekend and will be looking to ensure the Magpies emerge with something to show for their efforts.

After all, many fans would take a solitary point against second-placed Manchester United right now if they were offered it - and so would Benitez.

That said Benitez won’t be playing for a draw, he will set his team up to try to win the game but he will also protect the point if he needs to.

Only Tottenham Hotspur have managed to prevent José Mourinho’s side winning in 2018.

Man United’s defeat at Wembley decreased their faint hopes of catching their local rivals Manchester City but they don’t slip up often, and have lost just three Premier League games on the road this season.

Mourinho’s poor managerial record at St James’ Park offers a straw to clutch on but if Newcastle will have to do two things on Sunday afternoon - have an energetic start to the game and take some of the chances they create.

That was the big problem at Selhurst Park last weekend, Newcastle started well and got themselves in some good situations but couldn’t add to Mo Diame’s opener.

With Kenedy and Islam Slimani in the starting line-up that should offer the Magpies a big lift.

We’d all love to see Newcastle pull off a big win against Man United but the cautious approach of the black and whites this season could mean it’s all square again.