Manchester United meet Luton Town at Old Trafford in a Premier League clash between two struggling teams.
Victory will see Man Utd climb to sixth before Newcastle play in the evening kick-off, whilst Luton can stay out of the relegation zone with a win.
Jonny Evans is ruled out for Man Utd after he suffered a .thigh injury during their Champions League loss away to Copenhagen.
Marcus Rashford is available for selection despite his red card in midweek because his suspension only applies to Utd’s next European fixture.
Lisandro Martinez (foot), Luke Shaw (muscle),, Casmiro (hamstring), Jadon Sancho (personal), Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo (both knee) remain sidelined.
Luton will again be without Luke Berry after the midfielder missed their last three matches with a calf injury.
Amari’i Bell (hamstring) is a doubt but Mads Andersen, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Dan Potts (all hamstring) and Reece Burke (thigh) remain absent.
When is Kick-Off?
Man Utd host Luton at Old Trafford on Saturday 11 November in a 3pm GMT kick-off, untelevised live in the UK.
- This is Man Utd’s first Premier League meeting against Luton.
- Luton have lost all 17 previous league visits to Man Utd in the Old First Division (L17).
- Two of Man Utd’s last three home wins over Luton ended in 4-1 results in March 1990 & 91 respectively.
- Bruno Fernandes has created more passes than any other Utd player in the Premier League this season, having created 594 passes in 11 appearances.
- Luton are yet to score a league goal from outside of the box this season.
The defeat away to Copenhagen once again highlighted how vulnerable Utd’s defence can be once off-kilter from their initial tactics, yet there are positives because the Red Devils looked more confident on the attack with excellent creative play until Marcus Rashford’s red card.
Erik ten Hag therefore will be relieved that Rashford is available here because if they can build upon that initial performance prior to the red card, they should stand a great chance of getting a win to ease pressure on himself.
Luton though might just do what they did to Liverpool in their 1-1 draw and opt to set themselves up on a resilient defensive difficult to break down, which could prove problematic for Utd and in particularly Bruno Fernandes if the Hattters can block their passes and counter-attack at high pace.
Rob Edwards’ Hatters however will have to realistically score first otherwise I can see their away hoodoo at Old Trafford rumbling on.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Luton Town
Result: Manchester United 1-0 Luton