Rafa Benitez on Islam Slimani
Ahead of Newcastle United’s Premier League home match against Man United on Sunday, pictures of Rafa Benitez’s column in the club programme have been posted on social media.
The Magpies have certainly struggled this season and will face a big test in Jose Mourinho’s men this weekend.
They could certainly do with a result with the side towards the bottom end of the Premier League table and relegation potentially looming.
Now, they could have a better chance of getting that result after Islam Slimani came into the club on deadline day.
Slimani joined Rafa Benitez’s side on loan until the end of the season, but he’s yet to make his debut.
There had been hope that the Algerian could make his debut against Man United, but Benitez appears to have poured cold water on that in his notes. Newcastle fans were told:
Since our last home game we have been able to add Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka to our squad.
As I write these notes I am still not sure whether they will be able today, but if they do play, hopefully they can show us what the can bring to the team and provided a boost for everyone.
— Ciaran Kelly (@MENCKelly) February 11, 2018
Newcastle United vs Man United
Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park this weekend. The visitors haven’t lost away to Newcastle since 2012.
An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.
The Magpies are without a win in their last 5 whilst United have dropped points just once, in 2018.
Newcastle took the lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture before a rampant United side responded with four goals to claim all three points.
It’s likely to be a similar result this time around in the North East as Newcastle haven’t won at home (in the league) since October.
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