Newcastle striker Islam Slimani: How's Mahrez feeling? Shearer comparisons?

'Here for Years' - Jose Mourinho Publicly Backs Luke Shaw for Long-Term Future at Man Utd

'Here for Years' - Jose Mourinho Publicly Backs Luke Shaw for Long-Term Future at Man Utd

Jose Mourinho will be without four first-team players when Manchester United visit St. James' Park to take on Newcastle United on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho added to his devastating forward line last month by bringing in Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mlhitaryan move the other way. That is a good thing.

Asked if he felt the pressure of stepping into Shearer's boots, he said: "Alan Shearer was a great, great striker".

'I just hope I can keep this run going and maybe even try and win a few more of them!'

Slimani found his opportunities limited at Leicester, where Jamie Vardy was the Foxes' first-choice striker.

Shaw is expected to be part of the squad when Manchester United travel to Newcastle United on Sunday.

"The big difference is that he [Benitez] trusts me and when you have the trust of your coach, that's very important".

"They trusted me at Leicester, it's not that I wasn't trusted". It's not that I wasn't trusted.

Both Rob Elliot and Islam Slimani have trained this week after recovering from their respective injuries, and Benitez may be thinking about thrusting the Algerian loan signing in from the start against Chris Smalling.

"I think to an extent he is bound to be targeted by defenders because he is a talented player and an obvious danger to opponents".

Mourinho Shaw
Shaw seems to be out of Mourinho’s doghouse

"I hope I can show what I'm capable of", said the Algeria global.

The 20-time English champions lost 2-0 to top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley back in January in their last fixture on the road.

"I've worked hard all week and the aim is to give 100% every single match".

"I think he has done absolutely fantastic and I would love to see him here until he is in his 30s as I think he has got so much potential to come".

"I'm pretty sure that I would win".

"I'm here to support the team and have a good second half to the season".

"But hopefully it can be good for us, this bad run".

"We have had, more or less, the same situation all season", said Benitez. We scored a goal and we were quite well organised, and then we made a couple of mistakes and we conceded two goals.

Newcastle thrashed United 5-0 back in 1996 when Kevin Keegan was at the helm, which was an extra sweet result after the Magpies had fell short in the title race the season before.

"That's my number in the national team", said the Algiers-born player.

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