Manchester United will be eager to show their intentions of seriously challenging for a top-four position when they visit struggling Newcastle at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for both form and consistency since the start of the season, opening their campaign with a 4-0 win over Chelsea but finding themselves languishing in 10th place and enduring their worst-ever start to a Premier League season.A 1-1 draw to Arsenal in their last league game did nothing to raise spirits, and a strong display against the Magpies – who have not tasted victory since August and were annihilated 5-0 by Leicester last weekend – could be the perfect opportunity for United to show they are still capable of competing amongst their closest rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The match also looks set to be an emotional affair for former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who played for United for nine years. Game Newcastle vs Manchester United Date Sunday, October 6 Time 4:30pm BST / 11:30am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League SKY GO Extra Squads & Team News Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow Defenders Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Willems, Krafth, Fernandez, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yedlin Midfielders Sung-yueng, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Ritchie, Almiron, Atsu, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff Forwards Carroll, Shelvey, Gayle, Muto Confirmed Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; M. Longstaff, S. Longstaff; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Almiron Position Manchester United squad Goalkeepers De Gea, Grant, Romero, J. Pereira Defenders Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Young, Maguire Midfielders Mata, Lingard, A. Pereira, Fred, Pogba, Matic, McTominay, James, Gomes, Garner, Chong Forwards Rashford, Greenwood, Martial Confirmed Man Utd XI: De Gea; Dalot, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Young’ Fred, McTominay; Andreas, Mata, James; RashfordBetting & Match Odds Manchester United are 17/20 favourites to win with bet365. Newcastle are priced at 5/2 for a victory, while a draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Both sides will be heading into their clash at St James’ Park with a point to prove, the Magpies looking to bounce back following their heavy 5-0 defeat to Leicester and Manchester United eager to pick themselves up after their worst start to a Premier League season.Bruce is set to take charge of Newcastle against his former club for the first time, with whom he spent nine years of his playing career from 1987-96.The Red Devils have endured a sorry start to their first full season under Solskjaer, made worse by their midweek 0-0 stalemate to AZ Alkmaar in the Europe League – and still searching for their first win on the road in 10 matches.A dreadful 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in Monday meant that United have suffered their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 30 years, picking up just nine points after seven games.They have won just twice – against Chelsea and Leicester – but the Red Devils have also lost to the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace.They occupy 10th place in the league table heading into the weekend, miles adrift of rivals leaders Liverpool on 21 points, and Manchester City who are on 16.United have, on two occasions, accumulated 10 points at this stage of the season in 2018-19 and 2013-14. Those campaigns were helmed by Jose Mourinho and David Moyes respectively – with both being dismissed from their posts before the summer.Solskjaer will be welcoming the chance to take maximum points off the Magpies, who have struggled so far this season and sit in 19th place, having picked up just five points so far.Questions have steadily been raised about the managerial abilities of the Norwegian, and whether or not he is the right person to manage the Red Devils.The Magpies are having issues of their own, boasting just one Premier League victory in seven games, with Newcastle fans already divided by the appointment of ex-Sunderland coach Bruce as manager.Newcastle’s woes are off-pitch in addition to on, with supporters continuously agitated with owner Mike Ashley.“As managers we don’t want to give anyone any favours when we play each other,” Solskjaer said on his meeting with Bruce.“Brucey’s going to set up a team to win. I’m going to set up a team to try to win. We’re going there, it’s a great stadium to play at. We’re looking forward to the game.”“We’re not in the ’90s now,” he added, stating his intentions of moving on from the past and placing a focus on the future. “It’s a different era, a different group that we’re building. We know there are going to be ups and downs. I’m ready to see these boys blossom.“There’s not many clubs with our stature that play the young players that we do. They’ve got a chance to come through and we’re sure some of these will be part of a successful team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
First Mexico cap, first international goal, first IMDB credit?It’s been an exciting month for 20-year-old Jose Juan Macias.You could see the on-field accomplishments coming. Macias has been on a steady rise since his debut with Chivas in the summer of 2017. Now with Leon, his six goals put him in a tie for sixth place in the top scorer charts and only one of the pace of Alan Pulido for being the top scoring Mexican in Liga MX. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It was only natural that Mexico manager Tata Martino would call him in for last week’s experimental friendly against Trinidad & Tobago before bringing him back in for Mexico’s CONCACAF Nations League campaign, which begins Friday against Bermuda and continues next week against Panama.Becoming a movie star? That was completely off the radar. But there he is in episode four of Amazon’s new “Inside Borussia Dortmund” series. BVB’s chief scout Markus Pilawa is explaining his job and pulls up a scouting tool as he says “There are no hidden players anymore. Everyone knows everyone. That’s the big challenge for me. We have to take more risks. We have to pick up more young talents and develop them into top players.”Then he settles in to watch Macias’ goals from the Clausura, encouraging sporting director Michael Zorc to “Sit down, enjoy … and open your coffers,” as footage of the Mexican’s goals against Pumas and Necaxa last season plays.Dortmund are not the only team to have enjoyed what they have seen when they have taken a look at Macias. Eintracht Frankfurt scouts kept an eye on him at the Under-20 World Cup, and reports of a potential move to Spain or England only intensified after several international scouts were spotted at El Tri’s friendly against T&T last week, in which Macias scored the first goal of a 2-0 win.It is no wonder teams like what they see from Macias. His goal against the Soca Warriors showed a hint of his promise, as he pressured one defender near the center circle, then moved on to the next after forcing the pass. That led to an error, and Macias robbed the defender of the ball and was off to the races. Then, when it seems like he may be chased down, he slams on the brakes, sending defenders stumbling and giving him the window of opportunity needed to slip a low, left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.A high work rate, above-average speed and an ability to finish strongly in a variety of ways have made Macias the most exciting Mexico player to break out in 2019. It is also why it would be no surprise to see Macias get a starting nod in the Bermuda match.Martino consistently has said that while some experienced players will take part in El Tri’s campaign in the new tournament, he is also looking to see the next generation.”We’ve made our call-up and are trying to start giving participation to the young players. That’s the idea. You have to compete, try to win this tournament since it’s really similar – not in the format but with the competitors – to the Gold Cup. You have to keep growing in some way, and that’s why there are 13 players that were in the game against Trinidad and Tobago last week.”Asked why he didn’t bring in Chicharito, Martino backed Macias by saying he could fill the center forward role. He better be able to, because there are no other players for that position in the squad, and Martino’s system demands a talented No.9 like Raul Jimenez or Chicharito, who not only can finish but will help the overall cause by pressing and dropping between lines to show for center backs when they have the ball at their feet.It is a big vote of confidence for a player who is yet to appear in an official game for Mexico and only made his senior debut last week. Yet, Martino sees no issue in giving Macias his shot, perhaps calm in the fact that Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona or Hector Herrera can step up when needed against teams like Bermuda, but more likely happy with the video he has seen when scouting Macias and what he has seen in person from the forward at Leon and with the youth national teams.If Macias can continue his rise, it may not be long until he is starring for a team like Dortmund or Sevilla. This time, maybe it will even be on purpose.
MIAMI, May 28, 2018 – Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line™, officially welcomed its newest ship to the fleet today, as Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam. Marking the occasion were Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, Crystal River Cruises’ vice president and managing director, Walter Littlejohn, and Crystal Debussy’s godmother, Broadway star Rachel York. The ceremony took place during the ship’s three-day stay in Amsterdam on its 10-day “Splendors of the Rhine” voyage, allowing guests aboard the sailing to participate in the traditional festivities, while Crystal crew members looked on from the decks of the ship. “Crystal River Cruises has raised the bar of excellence with each new ship, and now again as Crystal Debussy joins the fleet, effectively redefining true luxury in the river industry,” Wolber said. “At the heart of this achievement are the crew and officers, all of whom are members of the Crystal team that ensure that every detail of our guests’ experience is seamless, from ship to shore.” Littlejohn, who presided over the ceremony as emcee, added, “It is fitting that our crew and guests, as well as representatives from our parent company and the city and port of Amsterdam are all part of this milestone for Crystal Debussy and the Crystal River fleet. They each embody elements of the Crystal Family and our vision to create the most memorable luxury travel experiences in the world.” Godmother Rachel York serenaded guests with her rendition of “Defying Gravity,” a nod to her esteemed career on the stages of the world, including those aboard Crystal’s ships as part of the Crystal on Broadway program. “Crystal Debussy is an exquisitely-designed ship and her crew are so warm and welcoming,” York said. “I am truly honored to be the Godmother of this beautiful ship.” Crystal Debussy joins Crystal River Cruises, which was voted “Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, the 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on her maiden voyage along the Rhine River on April 9. Guests visit ports in the Netherlands and Belgium on her seven-day itinerary, with 10-day voyages also calling in Germany. Throughout 2018 and 2019, the ship sails routes of seven and 10 days between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. Crystal’s new river vessels are the river cruising industry’s first and only all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels in Europe, with every category of accommodation positioned above the waterline. They offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and sweeping views of the countryside. About CrystalThe world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards and been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers more than any cruise line, hotel or resort in history; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.