Newcastle United has a chance to challenge Manchester United both on and off the field, according to head coach Eddie Howe. Despite losing the Carabao Cup final to their opponents, Howe believes that with a strong team spirit and togetherness, they can surmount the major financial challenge posed by United’s significantly higher forecast turnover for 2022-23. While it may not be easy to achieve, Howe is confident that his squad’s efforts will enable them to “buck the trend,” and be competitive with their rivals.
Howe anticipates discussing team financial prospects with the board given the club’s ambitions to expand their revenue. The Magpies will face the Red Devils in the Premier League on Sunday, with Newcastle on an exciting fifth place in the standings, and United in third position. The fixture has brought club ownership into sharp focus with calls from Amnesty International to scrutinize club takeovers before approving such deals.
On the injury front, Newcastle’s keeper Nick Pope might return to the match after withdrawing from the England squad due to a thigh problem. Likewise, midfielder Anthony Gordon’s ankle injury may no longer hinder him from training. The Magpies will parade Joelinton, Sven Botman, and Allan Saint-Maximin, after serving their respective suspensions, food poisoning, and injury. However, Miguel Almiron still has 4 more weeks of recovery from a thigh injury.
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