It leaves United closer to the relegation zone than Premier League leaders and looking to avoid going five successive matches without a win for just the second time this century. Undoubtedly, that is a trend that needs to stop.
Manchester United's board are "playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world", said former captain Gary Neville after it was reported manager Jose Mourinho would be sacked following Saturday's game against Newcastle.
Yoshinori Muto, a summer signing making his first start for Newcastle, doubled the lead three minutes later with a low strike past David De Gea's right foot after controlling the ball in the mixer.More news: Once a Kavanaugh fan, former Justice John Paul Stevens withdraws support
Sacking Mourinho would cost United an estimated £20million and despite his tumultuous stint at Old Trafford, he is unlikely to be out of the game for long given his awesome record of winning trophies.
Neville, who played his entire club career at Old Trafford, questioned the "values and principles" of the club if Mourinho were to be sacked.
Interesting angle to this evenings game with the journalist who broke the story of Jose getting the boot at United has had his pitch-side pass taken away from him. "Where are the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?" McTominay returns to the side as does Antony Martial & Ashley Young. Former player, Laurent Blanc is one of the dark horses in the race for Mourinho's job.More news: Chris Evans bids farewell to Captain America
The Portuguese boss is under intense pressure at the moment and reports from the English press that Mourinho will be relieved of his duties of United boss regardless of the result.
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus reckons Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is too preoccupied with himself to be a proper leader.
A major report by The Mirror on Friday claims that Jose Mourinho will be fired following Manchester United's match no matter the result, surely to dominate the pre-match chatter.More news: Nike "Deeply Concerned" by Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Allegation
Man United will be hoping to dispatch with Benitez's men, if only to quell talk of this season's derailment with less than the first fifth of the full fixture list out of the way.