Newcastle United will be aiming to move away from relegation trouble when taking on Manchester United at St James' Park on Sunday.

Newcastle United v Manchester United

Newcastle United v Manchester United

The Magpies have not tasted Premier League success since the 1-0 win at Stoke City on New Year's Day and the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last time out made it five matches without victory across all competitions.

Rafael Benitez's side has the worst home record in England's top-flight this season and have only scored 11 goals on home soil, only Burnley (9) and Swansea City (10) have netted less.

A clinical touch is needed in the final third if the north-east outfit are to climb away from relegation trouble and new loan signing Islam Slimani, who joined on loan from Leicester until the end of the campaign on deadline-day, could provide the boost needed.

The Algeria international, who has scored once for the Foxes this term after falling down the pecking order, took part in training on Thursday and Benitez has revealed he could make his debut against the Red Devils.

Midfielder Mohamed Diame, who scored against the Eagles last time out, defender Ciaran Clark and striker Joselu have all shaken off niggles and will be part of the squad.

The visitors are in a rich vein of form, having lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches, and they will be eyeing another three points to cement their place in second.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all trying to chase down the Red Devils and victory in Newcastle is imperative for Jose Mourinho, although the Portuguese has never won a league game at St James' Park.

Former Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to first-team training but is not yet ready for action, Eric Bailly remains unavailable whilst Daley Blind is also missing.

Newcastle are winless in the previous six meetings against the 20-time English champions, losing the reverse fixture 4-1 back in November.