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MATCHDAY: Man United COVID break ends with game at Newcastle

December 26, 2021 GMT
Manchester United's Harry Maguire, centre and Donny van der Beek, right, reacts alongside Fred during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow road in Norwich, England, Saturday, Dec.11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester United's Harry Maguire, centre and Donny van der Beek, right, reacts alongside Fred during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow road in Norwich, England, Saturday, Dec.11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester United's Harry Maguire, centre and Donny van der Beek, right, reacts alongside Fred during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow road in Norwich, England, Saturday, Dec.11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Monday with the Premier League the only major competition in action:

NEWCASTLE vs MAN UNITED

Manchester United travels to Newcastle seeking a third consecutive win in the Premier League since Ralf Rangnick took charge until the end of the season. United is trying to close the eight-point gap on fourth place in its bid to qualify for the Champions League. It’s the end of a 16-day coronavirus-enforced break for United after matches were postponed. Defender Raphael Varane (hamstring) and forward Edinson Cavani (tendon) could feature for the first time since being injured at the start of November. Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also expected to be fit after missing United’s last game, a 1-0 win at Norwich on Dec. 11. Newcastle’s focus is Premier League survival, sitting next-to-last in the standings, three points from safety.

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